The weekend in Belgium 05.07

Régis Feugère, Brussels

This exhibition, which is being held under the auspices of Bozar’s Summer of Photography, is an intriguing series by French photographer Régis Feugère, who lives and works in Toulouse. ‘Kunizakai’ is the title of this particular ensemble, which is the Japanese word for limits, borders or thresholds, and refers to Feugères nocturnal explorations at the outskirts of urban agglomerations. It’s a display that’s both poetic and captivating.

Until 1st September
Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, Chaussée de Waterloo 94 Waterloosesteenweg – 1060 Brussels
www.lejaquesfranck.be

Peter Joseph, Brussels

Peter Joseph is no newbie to Gallery Greta Meert: This is his 7th solo exhibition within these walls, and this show gives a fresh look of some of the artist’s most recent works. In a display that reveals his newly discovered affinity for more dynamic, freer compositions, colour and light also play an essential part in Joseph’s works: I’m trying to paint the atmosphere, trying to paint light itself. My works are primarily sensualist in the sense of colour, light, tone”, the artists says, and this exhibition is no exception; an emotional and sensual journey.

Until 27th October
Galerie Greta Meert, Rue Du Canal 13 Vaartstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.galeriegretameert.com

Dare to say you don’t know and you found yourself in front of obstacles, Brussels

Dieter De Lathauwer

Yet another day out for all you photography hounds: In-Between Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of Ghent-based Dieter De Lathauwer who, having started out as a documentary photographer, has allowed his images to move beyond the discipline in recent years, revealing a more dreamy and poetic side. De Lathauwer’s landscape pictures are silent, intense and highly fascinating. Not to be missed.

Until 20th July
In-Between, Chaussée d’Ixelles 211 Elsensesteenweg – 1050 Brussels
www.dieterdelathauwer.com

Mindscapes, Brussels

How do you make the invisible visible? That’s the question that pervades the work of this particular bunch of artists, who range from Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman and German photography star Andreas Gursky to cult director David Lynch and Man Ray. Mysterious and gripping, ‘Mindscapes’ tries to illuminate the hidden landscapes in peoples’ heads, taking us on a journey that explores questions of perception and representation.

Until 30th September
Centrale for Contemporary Art, Place Sainte-Catherine 44 Sint-Katelijneplein – 1000 Brussels
www.lacentraleelectrique.be

Anna Franceschini, Antwerp

Inspired by Joseph Plateau, the inventor of the phenakistoscope and the stroboscopic illusion of moving images (a key development in the history of cinema), the Italian-born, Brussels-based artist Anna Franceschini makes films, or rather undertakes visual experiments, dedicated to his research. Objectif exhibitions is putting on a show of three of these: ‘Halation’, ‘It’s All About Light (To Joseph Plateau)’ and  ‘It’s About Light and Death (To Joseph Plateau)’. Pretty illuminating.

Until 28th July
Objectif Exhibitions, Kleine Markt 7–9/26 – 2000 Antwerp
www.objectif-exhibitions.org

Vintage Market by Night, Brussels

We’ve all heard of afterwork parties, but what about afterwork shopping parties? Brussels’ vintage market, usually a K–NAL sunny Sunday afternoon haunt, is offering just that. Until midnight, shoppers will have the chance to get their hands on the coolest vintage pieces, plus a selection of bits from original creators. Everything’s kicking off at the Centre of Fashion and Design in the Dansaert area, and food, drinks and music will be put in place to make sure boyfriends don’t get bored either.

5th July
Mad Brussels Mode And Design Center, Rue d’Aloststraat 7-11 – 1000 Brussels
www.madbrussels.be

Ghent Jazz Festival, Ghent

Bringing together pure Jazz musicians as well as some more fusion types, this festival brags Jamaican legends Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander and Sly & Robbie alongside the likes of singer/songwriter Damien Rice and crooner Antony and the Johnsons, who’ll be accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra. Not only that, but soul veteran Bobby Womack is making a comeback after a 10 year hiatus to give a blast of a new album that’s been produced by none other than GorillazDamon Albarn. There’s also a competition for young emerging artists and an exhibition showcasing images from Ghent Jazz Fests-gone-by.

From 5th to 14th July
De Bijloke, Godshuizenlaan – 9000 Ghent
www.gentjazz.com

Destrøy/Design, Ghent

What role does design play in the evolution of everyday life? And what is our relation to objects? How do objects influence society and our direct surroundings? Ghent’s Design Museum explores these and other questions with its exhibition “Destrøy/Design”, uniting an eclectic selection of outstanding art and design objects of the moment with pieces that date back to the 60s. Examining the blurry limits between contemporary art and design, the artists play with perceptions of the intended purpose of utility items, referencing, recreating or destroying prominent design objects – always with a sense of humour. The exhibition is curated by the Frac Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkirk, France, an institution dedicated to contemporary art that has pioneered the investigation into the role of design in our daily lives. Works include those of Donald Judd, Barbara Visser, Gaetano Pesce, Sam Durant and Atelier Van Lieshout.

From 7th July to 21st October
Design Museum, Jan Breydelstraat 5 – 9000 Ghent
www.designmuseumgent.be

Les Ardentes, Liège

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This seventh edition of Liège/Luik’s Les Ardentes is a helluva party that attracts around 70,000 music lovers every year and a host of top notch names. This year sees “The Godmother of Punk” – 65 year old Patti Smith – take to the stage. Other highlights include The Smiths-legend Morrissey, American hip-hop icons Cypress Hill and French dream-popper M83, who’s just catapulted himself to international stardom with his latest album “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming.” Four days and three stages mean an immense line-up that also features Warpaint, White Lies, and Marilyn Manson – amongst many delightful others.

From 5th to 8th July
Halles des Foires de Liège, Quai de Wallonie – 4000 Liège/Luik
www.lesardentes.be

Cactus Festival, Bruges

Cactus Festival, hosted in the picturesque surroundings of Brugge’s Minnewater Park, is a veritable grey-whiskered veteran on Belgium’s festival scene, launching its 30th edition this summer. Combining rock, reggae, world music and dance, this party has a name for eclecticism and the fact that there’s only one stage ensures you won’t miss a thing running between them. The line-up goes all the way from American post-rockers Explosions in the Sky and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell to singer/ songwriter Kurt Vile, Belgium’s Black Box Revelation and genre-breaking folk-rock-electro group Yeasayer.

From 6th to 8th July
Minnewaterpark – 8000 Bruges
www.cactusfestival.be