The weekend in Belgium 12.04

Brussel 2040, Brussels

A third of the world population, regardless of their geographic location or nationality, is moving from rural areas to cities. And within one generation the global urban population is expected to double. Today, almost 80 percent of Europeans live and work in urban agglomerations. This, in turn, raises a great deal of social, economical and environmental issues. What, for instance, will Brussels be like in 2040? How can the increasing social divide be reduced? How will we get from one place to another? Aiming to answer some of these questions, this exhibition shows three visions for the future city cooked up by three teams of international experts ranging from architects to urban planners.

Until 20th May
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be

Dean Treacy, Brussels

Waste grounds, car parks, abandoned spaces and places – these are the locations where London-based artist Danny Treacy finds the basic material for his outlandish artworks. Using these disregarded pieces of clothing that he collects during his expeditions through urban landscapes as his starting point, Treacy creates, by tearing up the collected items, eerie, nightmarish costumes with an almost sculptural approach. The final pieces are then worn by the artist himself and captured on film, with life-sized portraits as the final result, laying bare every little detail from bloodstains to rips. Treacy’s faceless creatures appear to arise from a nightmare – dark and threatening and hard to categorise. The fact that he refers to his lifeless zombies as ‘Them’ only serves to further reinforce the haunting and spooky effect of his works.

Until 5th May
Joye Gallery, Chaussée de Vleurgat 125 Vleurgatsesteenweg – 1050 Brussels
www.joyegallery.be

Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express, Brussels

Thanks to their ground-breaking role as cult German electronic group Kraftwerk, a massive retrospective by New York’s Museum of Modern Art had recently been dedicated to the group. On a smaller scale, Brussels’ L’Ancienne Belgique is now organising its own little homage to the legendary outfit in the context of an on-going series called ‘Classic album listening sessions’. Giving fans a chance to listen to Kraftwerk’s 9th album ‘Trans-Europe Express’ in the fashion originally intended when it was recorded, mastered and released, the event offers a new kind of music experience. Places are limited, so don’t forget to sign up via info@abconcerts.be, and mention Kraftwerk in the subject line.

12th April
L’Ancienne Belgique, Boulevard Anspachlaan 110 – 1000 Brussels
www.abconcerts.be

Young Belgian Photographers, Antwerp

Antwerp’s photography museum FoMu introduces a new series of exhibitions in a bid to put forward a carefully chosen selection of Belgium’s most talented young photographers. ‘Young Belgian photography’ kicks off with the works of up-and-comers Sarah Carlier and Lara Mennes. Carlier, based in the Netherlands, strikes a chord with her intimate portraits of a Romanian family, sketching a captivating story of life, love and death. The images of Lara Mennes from Antwerp however lack direct human presence, setting out for a search of memories left behind in abandoned buildings. Driven by her fascination for cultural history and architecture the winner of the prestigious ‘Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge’ explores three desolate buildings with her camera, vividly capturing the leftover traces and fragments of the past. Two emerging photographers with a bright future in front of them.

Until 3rd June
FotoMuseum, Waalsekaai 47, 2000 Antwerp
www.fotomuseum.be

Living Fashion, Antwerp

History influences fashion and the opposite holds true too. By examining women’s daily wear from the 18th until the 20th century, the exhibition ‘Living fashion’ explores the impact of clothing on the everyday lives of middle class women in Western Europe. Fact is, the changing nature of peoples’ lifestyles altered what made up their wardrobes, with the rise of the middle class in the 19th century, for instance, bringing about a new way of life for many, new possibilities to spend ones leisure time and the growth of consumerism. The 90 outfits on show all stem from the 2,500 pieces-strong collection of amateur Dutch fashion historian Jacoba de Jonge, who began collecting outfits from age 16.

Until 12th August
Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp – MoMu, Nationalestraat 28 – 2000 Antwerp
www.momu.be

30 years Demo vs 10 years Lefto, Ghent

Democrazy, the reputed Ghent gig venue renowned for its ability to find the freshest acts and genre-breaking events celebrates its 30th birthday this weekend. Reason enough, so, for the organisers to launch a week-long birthday bash, kicked off with a sold-out Pete Doherty concert. This weekend’s highlight: An evening of music by Belgian producer and radio presenter Lefto who co-runs the B9000 label and has played all over Europe. The impressive line-up ranges from Detroit underground DJ Theo Parrish to Floating Points, Dimlite, DJ Nu-Mark and hip hop crew 2morrows Victory. A birthday bash to remember.

13th April
Democrazy, Minnemeers 4 – 9000 Ghent
www.democrazy.be

The End, Ghent

Kris Martin - 'The End' , courtesy Johann König

Feeling the need to declare on their website that “this is not a bad joke”, the Hoet Bekaert Gallery has launched its last exhibition ever. Seriously. After nine years, 68 shows and 17 projects, the owners have decided it’s time to leave the traditional gallery venue behind and continue their work in new, changing spaces, both here in Belgium and abroad. Having inaugurated the gallery back in 2003 with an exhibition of  Belgian-born Kris Martin’s artworks, they now finish off with a show by the same artist. Goodbye and good luck!

Until 13th May
Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Rodelijvekensstraat 28 – 9000 Ghent
www.iets.be