The weekend in Belgium 19.07

Tumulus, Brussels

This weekend, the exhibition ‘Tumulus’ will be treating Brussels to ‘manifestations of the self as composition, absence, representation and structure’, no less, with a genre-bending selection of artworks. International artists from Italy’s Luca Francesconi and Alaska’s Caitlin Keogh to New Zealand’s Ruth Buchanan and Brussels-based Joëlle Tuerlinckx are showcasing their installations, collages, drawings and videos, each tackling the theme in their own way.

Until 27th July
MOT International, Rue Vandenbrandenstraat 1, 1000 Brussels
www.motinternational.org

Heavy Merry Finland, Brussels

In the context of Recyclart’s holiday programme 2012, this exhibition features an eclectic selection of Finnish art from Ville Pirinen, Laura Lappi, Anssi Kasitonni, Noora Federley, and others. What do they all have in common, you ask? They all grew up in little Finnish villages in the 80s, and now they are artfully exploring he contrast between local, down-homey Finland before the Internet and pop culture icons of today arrived on the scene. Fascinating.

Until 10th August
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.recyclart.be

Road Movie, Brussels

Of course we’d rather bring you picnics and outside activities, but with the rainy, stubborn summer we thought it would be a good idea to throw in some indoor pursuits to your weekend programme, too. Brussels’ Cinematek is starting a road movie retrospective that includes classic oldies such as Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, the cult Bonnie and Clyde and Hopper’s Easy Rider to more recent stuff like Wim Wenders‘ Paris, Texas to Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man. This weekend it all kicks off with The Immigrant from the legendary Charlie ChaplinAmerica, America  and The Wizard of Oz. Loving it.

Until 30th July
Cinematek, Rue Baron Hortastraat 9 – 1000 Brussels
www.cinematek.be

Southern Days and Nights, Antwerp

Antwerp record shop Tune Up is bringing you a music-themed exhibition this weekend that showcases a series of photographs from New Orleans-based photographer Syndey Byrd. The artist, ethnographer and journalist, especially known for her images of New Orleans carnival and the customs and indigenous music of the deep South, is now showing snapshots from occasions like, for example, B.B. King’s family reunion in Mississippi in the early 80s. A big red X on the calendar for music obsessives.

Until 28th August
Tune Up, Melkmarkt 17 – 2000 Antwerp
www.tuneuprecords.blogspot.be

The nights of photography, Antwerp

After 10 workshops, 140 photographers and many nights of nocturnal shoots, the Centrum voor Beelexpressie has selected the work of the 25 best artists and put them on show in a wandering exhibition. The first location for this ’Expo on tour’ is Antwerp’s summery Zomerbar, where you can find the work of Guy Colman, Kristine Vandegaer, Jeroen Vanhecke and Nancy Weytens.

Until 5th August
Zomerbar, Ledeganckkaai 15 – 2000 Antwerp
www.beeldexpressie.be

Pieter De Bruyne, Ghent

Ghent’s Design Museum calls Belgian designer Pieter De Bruyne a ‘pioneer of postmodernism’. At a time when Belgian design worthy of the name had ceased to exist, and manufacturers of functional furniture were going bankrupt, Pieter De Bruyne was one of the few who went for it anyway. His motto: although furniture should have an aesthetic value, everybody should be able to afford it. This exhibition shows a selection of some of his most important works.

Until 21st October
Design Museum, Jan Breydelstraat 5 – 9000 Ghent
www.designmuseumgent.be

We are here, Ghent

Ghent’s art scene is buzzing and the opening of Cecilia Jaime Gallery in the historic Patershol district, initiated by Belgian-Argentinian artist Cecilia Jaime, is more proof of it. As part of its very first exhibition, the gallery is concentrating on Belgian art, with artworks from Frank Depoorter and Lore Rabaut, Peter Van Eyck, Saar De Buysere, Hector Boetto and Ann Leers. Stay tuned for more exhibitions, book launches, lectures and concerts.

Until 12th August
Gallery Cecilia Jaime, Kraanlei 55 – 9000 Ghent
www.ceciliajaime.com

Dark Garnaal, Knokke

Summer time is beach time and in it’s in this spirit that Brussels’ Rodolphe Janssen gallery has decided to bring art to the Belgian beach resort of Knokke. In the context of the Villa Knokke summer project, the gallery is putting on a show of artworks by seven artists that it represents, from Betty Tompkins’ large-scaled paintings of sexual activities to Sam Moyer’s sculptures and Wim Delvoye’s installations. A lovely alternative to sunbathing if you’re spending the weekend at the blustery coast.

Opening 20th July
Villa Knokke, Jozef Nellenslaan 136 – 8300 Knokke-Heist
www.galerierodolphejanssen.com

Peter Downsbrough, Philippe Durand & Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Hornu

Another expo being held in the context of Bozar’s Summer of Photography: the MAC, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is showing a selection of photographs by Peter Downsbrough, Philippe Durand and Jacqueline Mesmaeker. ‘Le miroir et les chemins’ focuses on landscapes,  though not in the typical romantic sense. These three explore the places that usually go unseen- ordinary, urban places that, at times, reveal an unexpected beauty to those who bother to go looking for it.

Until 14th October
MAC, Rue Sainte-Louise 82 – 7301 Hornu
www.mac-s.be

Power Festival, La Louvière

For the eighth time, the two-day Power Festival will be hosted in La Louvière’s Tivoli stadium, with a hardcore menu of metal, hardrock, punk and noise bands. British punk rock veterans The Damned will be returning to the stage, while French metalcore band Eths will be presenting a brand new album. Belgian hardcore gets a spot, too, with Ghent-based power trio Drums are for Parades, amongst others. And check it out: the whole thing is free. A day out for the hardcore-ish among us.

From 20th to 21st July
Power Festival, Place Communale – 7100 La Louvière
www.powerfestival.be