The weekend in Belgium 24.05

Elena Bajo, Brussels

Visual artist Elena Bajo, born in Spain but with one foot in Berlin and one foot in Los Angeles, works with locations, using different media to confront historical, social and political issues in the context of each specific site. Bajo’s varied artworks range from sculptures and installations to paintings, performances, texts and films, all revealing the artist’s fascination for the distribution of power.

Opening 24th May
Exhibition runs until 7th July
D+T project, Rue Bosquetstraat 4 – 1060 Brussels
www.dt-project.com
 

Eighty Nine Days, Brussels

Proving its worth as more than just a clothing store, Hunting and Collecting is hosting a photography exhibition of French-born Thierry Cosson, an art director and graphic designer who has worked for such clients as Pierre Debusschere, Aliceday Gallery, Emi Music and Diane Pernet. These black and white images were born during a three month stay in New York City last year, a fascinating portrait of the Big Apple that reveals its beauty in unexpected places.

Opening 24th May, 18h00-22h00
Exhibition runs until 13th June
Hunting and Collecting – Brussels
www.huntingandcollecting.com

Bunk Club #1, Brussels

Founded by Laurence Dujardyn and Mathias Wille, Bunk Club is a fresh art initiative dedicated to the support and promotion of emerging talent with a focus on art that deals with society’s most pressing issues. The inaugurating exhibition features works by Belgian artists Greet Billet and Sammy Ben Yakoub, as well as Dutch-born Magali Reus and French artist Renaud Jerez which revolve around relationships between art and technology, business and entertainment, all in their own inimitable way.

Until 2nd June
Fashion & Design Centre, Place de Nouveau Marché Aux Grains 10 Nieuwe Graanmarkt – 1000 Brussels
www.bunkclub.com

Sébastien Marcq, Brussels

Belgian photographer Sébastien Marcq, who divides his time between Brussels and Asia, has made his latest photographic project a very personal one. This exhibition at St Medard features an intimate series of images of Marcq’s very own 90 year old former jazz muso grandfather. The series is an exercise in carefully unravelling the degradation of the human being during the final stages of life. A touching and sensitive portrayal.

Until 3rd June
A St Médard, Rue Haute 300 Hoogstraat- 1000 Brussels
www.a-st-medard.com

SKETCH! Brussels

While we’re all familiar with DJ and hip-hop battles, the concept of an impro drawing competition might seem a bit outlandish. But comic publishing house Le Lombard is organising exactly that, for a soiree that brings together a number of established graphic artists: Clarke, Godi, Mo/CDM, Mauricet and Olivier Saive. All will all have a chance to show off their drawing skills based on a bunch of different given themes. An unlikely battle and a fresh concept, well worth a look.

24th May
Potemkine, Avenue de la porte de Hal 2 Hallepoortlaan – 1060 Brussels
www.potemkine.be

The Lizzies, Brussels

The Lizzies, made up of twentytsomethings Tauba and Louise, are a female DJ duo from Brussels who you might’ve already stumbled upon on these pages thanks to an exclusive mix they recently clobbered together for The Word. This Thursday you’ll have the chance to catch their very first live performance at Mr Wong, where they’ll be appearing together with techno and electro producer Klem Logan. Blending different styles from pop and electro to rock, this pair are known for a dancefloor eclecticism that’ll be keeping us all up till the early morning hours.

24th May
Mr Wong, Rue de la Vierge Noire 10 Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.mrwong.be

White Denim+White Arrows, Brussels

Psychedelia, blues, punk rock, Americana, experimental rock – the influences of Texan four-piece White Denim, who were recently dragged along on tour by none other than Wilco, are manifold. They’re coming to Brussels to present their newest album ‘D’, another manifestation of their forward-thinking eclectic rock characterised by an approach akin to jamming.  They’ll be supported by fellow Americans White Arrows, a lo-fi psychedelic tropicalia five-piece.

26th May
Ancienne Belgique, Avenue Anspach 10 Anspachlaan – 1000 Brussels
www.abconcerts.be

Jimmie Durham, Antwerp

M HKA’s exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed artist Jimmie Durham is the most complete retrospective of his work to date. The artworks of this American-born poet, performance artist, sculptor and essayist of Cherokee descent mainly focus on deconstructing stereotypes and prejudices of Western culture and its colonising hijinks. His art is very personal and often political, and is closely linked to his time as an activist for the American Native Indian movement. An extensive overview of a fascinating artist.

Opening 24th May
Exhibition runs until 18th November
M HKA, Leuvenstraat 32 – 2000 Antwerp
www.muhka.be

Willem Sarah, Antwerp

Willem Sarah refers to Sarah Marks and Willem Cortem, two young Belgian photographers/video artsits, both graduates of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. This exhibition at Smash, a multidisciplinary creative space in Antwerp, is hosting some of their newest contributions, a collection that aims to create interaction between the viewer and the artwork by challenging the observer’s perception with constantly changing perspectives, a technique that gives their images an almost supernatural feel.

Opening 25th May
Exhibition runs until 3rd June
Smash Space, Haantjeslei 66 – 2000 Antwerp
www.smashspace.be

Peter De Koninck, Antwerp

The exhibition ‘The Passage’ is putting on a selection of artworks by Antwerp-based contemporary Belgian artist Peter De Koninck. His oil paintings and etchings from the past two years are, like all his stuff, heavily linked to architecture and its history. By focussing on buildings and sites, De Koninck explores historic periods such as the birth of Nazism, the Great Depression and the roots of World War 2.

Until 18th June
Het Vijfde Huis, Reyndersstraat 5 – 2000 Antwerp
www.hetvijfdehuis.com

Bieke Depoorter, Ghent

Upcoming photographer Bieke Depoorter is one one of Belgium’s rising stars. Magnum member and one of the country’s most prominent photogaphers, Harry Gruyaert, has even given her his stamp of approval, something you can read more about in our next issue’s photography special out on 1st June. An exhibition organised by the city of Ghent is now displaying a selection of Depoorter’s fascinating series ‘Ou Menya’ and ‘I am about to call it a day’, both based on her travels and stays with random people she met on the trail in Russia and the US. Her images are tokens of these short, intense encounters, capturing an intimate, genuine and personal view from the inside of people’s lives.

Opening 24th May
Exhibition runs until 23rd September
Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij, Sint-Pietersplein 9 – 9000 Ghent
www.biekedepoorter.be

Chloe Piene, Ghent

American artist Chloe Piene’s skeletal, morbid sketchings evoke things like eroticism and death, and form part of renowned collections of Paris’ Georges Pompidou Center and New Yorks’ Museum of Modern Art. Piene’s figures, drawn with fine charcoal lines, are set in a rather gloomy blur of lust, transience, life and death, and are all about existentialism and the Vanitas motif. Captivating and haunting stuff.

Until 17th June
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Museumlaan 14 – 9831 Deurle
www.museumdd.be