The weekend in Belgium 26.04

Ian Wilson, Brussels

Ian Wilson was born in South Africa, though he’s now living and working in the biggest apple, NY. He’s one of today’s most extreme conceptual artists. He treats words, or rather, oral communication as artwork, organising discussions in museums, galleries and at the homes of private collectors. His last sculpture came in 1968, and Jan Mot gallery is now putting on a show of some of his rarer pieces from the period, created between 1966 and 1968.

Until 26th May
Jan Mot Gallery, Rue Antoine Dansaertstraat 190 – 1000 Brussels
www.janmot.com

Lisa Carletta, Brussels

Young Belgian photographer Lisa Carletta, winner of the Weekend Photo Award with her ‘Lost Doll’ series, is often inspired by childhood heroes, making them the heroes of their own nostalgic worlds, but not without a hint of darkness and humour.  This weekend is your chance to check out her carefully arranged photos at the Alexis Vanhove Gallery, a collection that really bring her characters to life.

Opening 26th April, 19h00
Exhibition runs until 21st June
Alexis Vanhove Gallery, Rue Emile Bouilliotstraat – 1050 Brussels
www.alexisvanhove.blogspot.com

Wallace Vanborn, Brussels

Wallace Vanborn – whose singer and guitarist Ian Clement features in the current print edition’s piece on musicians and their orange amps, and was even emblazoned across the mag’s cover – play L’Ancienne Belgique this weekend. They’ve just finished recording their second album ‘Lions, Liars, Guns and God’ with none other than David Bottrill (producer of Muse, Placebo and the like), which they’ll release this month. They’re embarking on a European tour that will drag them from Ghent to Germany, Sweden and France. Also loping around on stage you’ll find Kapitan Korsakov, another Ghent-based threesome.

26th April
L’Ancienne Belgique, Boulevard Anspachlaan 110 – 1000 Brussels
www.abconcerts.be

Dandy Warhols, Brussels

Everyone can hum indie anthems like ‘Get off’ and ‘Bohemian like you’. But now this four-piece from Portland, Oregon, known for their powerful and playful blend of alternative rock and power pop, return to our ears after a three-year hiatus with some fresh meat. They released their latest record ‘This Machine’ a few days ago, and this weekend you can find out for yourself if they’ve stuck to the ol’ successful recipe of catchy indie rock, or if they’re onto something new when they show up for a gig at Brussels’ AB.

27th April
L’Ancienne Belgique, Boulevard Anspachlaan 110 – 1000 Brussels
www.abconcerts.be

Oh My Garden, Brussels

Spring’s officially there, daffodils are blossoming all over the place and it can mean only one thing: time for the year’s first installment of Oh My Garden, a monthly concert project for the sunny (likely?) summer months brought to you by Pauline Miko, who also happens to be one of The Word’s photographers. This weekend, enjoy the tunes of Jozef Dumoulin, Lynn Cassier and Belgian singer/songwriter Equinox The Peacekeeper, all in a magical garden setting. There’s also an exhibition of the work of Raya Rayax, another former Wordie.

28th April
Oh My Garden, Rue Dillensstraat 31 – 1050 Brussels

Will Rogan, Antwerp

California-based artist Will Rogan, recipient of the SECA Art Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is coming to town with an exhibition called ‘Curtain’. It’s a collection, not of photographs per se, but of photographic objects and images transformed with light and paper to become sculptures and collages.

Until 29th June
Objectif Exhibitions, Kleine Markt 7–9/26 – 2000 Antwerp
www.objectif-exhibitions.org

Architecture of the homeless, Antwerp

Between 1999 and 2004, Belgian photographer Stef Renodeyn travelled around Belgium capturing one aspect of modern society that doesn’t usually get the spotlight. A graduate of Antwerp’s Fine Arts Academy, Renodeyn zooms in on the homeless, rooting out those on the fringes of society, without actually capturing them on the images themselves. Instead, she concentrates on their habitats, the DIY spaces they call home, a hidden if omnipresent part of our urban landscape.

Until 30th April
Permeke, De Coninckplein 25-26 – 2060 Antwerp
www.permeke.org

The Lemonheads, Antwerp

Long hair, flannel shirts, angsty lyrics and raw, guitar-heavy sounds – The Lemonheads and their charismatic frontman Evan Dando (the group’s only constant member) embodied the grunge era to perfection. At its height in the early 90s, this band from Boston morphed into worldwide stars with the release of their most successful album ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’. After a nine year hiatus and a reunion in 2005, they’re coming to Belgium to perform the legendary album from start to finish.

29th April
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp
www.trixonline.be

The Beatnuts, Ghent

The Beatnuts, a hip-hop and production duo (originally a trio) from New York, have been around for quite a while, having first lit up our radars sometime at the beginning of the 90s. In all these years, they haven’t lost their knack for creating top-notch and intelligent hip-hop choons. They’ve also made a bit of a name for themselves with their energetic and club-friendly live shows – so trust us, it’s gonna be a party.

27th April
Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent
www.vooruit.be

Art book market, Ghent

Looking for a book of your favorite photographer or a first edition copy of your most cherished painter? Chances are you’ll find it at the 12th edition of the Art Book Fair that’ll be taking place in Ghent on Sunday. Vendors from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France will be flogging a vast selection of second hand and antiquarian books, with their wide net encompassing everything from fine arts and architecture to film, literature and photography. Not just for book-ish, nerdy types.

29th April
On the square between the Museum of Fine Arts
and SMAK, Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent