The weekend in Belgium 28.06

H Urban, Brussels

Based on the discourse of Brussels-based architect Lucien Kroll, this exhibition – part of Bozar’s Summer of Photography – features the work of no fewer than 13 photographers who, each in their very own inimitable way, attempt to tackle the same question: What role does the citizen play in Brussels’ urban landscape? A show of Brussels city life handpicked from a number of different angles, from street gardening to social housing, these images paint a captivating portrait of the Belgian capital and its denizens.

Until 2nd September
La Fondation pour l’Architecture – CIVA et CONTRASTE, Rue de l’Ermitage 55 Kluisstraat- 1050 Brussels
www.photo-contraste.com

Portraits of an art collection, Brussels

Photographer Gael Turine has travelled the length and breadth of this little country to portrait about 20 artists in their most intimate surroundings: their studios. This exhibition not only features Turine’s photographs of creatives in their natural habitat, but at the same time juxtaposes them with pieces that are the product of the toil of these very same workplaces. A rare and intimate gander at the personal world of the artist, minus the voyeurism.

Until 7th November
art&marges museum, Rue Haute 312-314 Hoogstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.artetmarges.be

De Buren, Brussels

Not only a married couple but also a team when it comes to art, Franco-Belgian photographers Merel’t Hart and Luk Vander Plaetse join forces for this exhibition at Brussels’ Cultural Center Jaques Franck. The show focuses on their common project called “De Buren,” a series inspired by a nocturnal walk through a little Dutch town and Edward Hopper’s iconic “Nighthawks.” The contemplative and intimate images expose peoples’ homes from the outside at nighttime, as seen through their windows thanks to the very Dutch habit of leaving the curtains wide open. Merel’t Hart and Luk Vander Plaetse’s work allows the viewer to dive into the private lives of others, confronting the notion of intimacy and revealing an interesting aspect of Dutch culture. But whether the act is a sign of independence and freedom or an extreme demonstration of “We have nothing to hide” still remains to be seen.

From 30th June to 1st September
Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, Chaussée de Waterloo 94 Waterloosesteenweg – 1060 Brussels
www.lejaquesfranck.be 

Pop-up, Brussels

‘Pop-up, Artistic links’ unites a selection of pieces by an extensive list of artists, from Sven Augustijnen to Cindy Wright. Besides being a show of their own work, each artist has selected a young up-and-comer of their choice whose creations will form part of the exhibit. Gauthier Hubert has nominated Gudny´ Rósa Ingimarsdóttir for the occasion, while Hans Op de Beeck has gone for Thomas De Brabanter and Jean-Luc Moerman has chosen Vincent Solheid. Visitors are even invited to elect their very own favourite emerging artist. The winner will be honoured with a solo exhibition in 2013. An eclectic show for lovers of contemporary art of all stripes.

Until 9th September
Musee d’Ixelles, rue Jean Van Volsemstraat 71 – 1050 Brussels
www.museedixelles.irisnet.be

In Sight, Brussels

The exhibition In Sight, the fruit of a collaboration between Brussels’ La Cambre school and photography studio Contraste, is all about landscape photography. It’s a show that features an interesting mix of artists: both photography students (including the very promising Arnold Lebovics) and professionals, not directly involved in photography but pursuing other careers. It’s an original approach and well worth a look.

Until 9th September
Ikono, Rue Lesbroussartstraat 47 – 1050 Brussels
www.ikono.be

Bleda y Rosa, Brussels

The exhibition ‘Origin’, the result of a collaboration of Spanish artists Bleda and Rosa, has been awarded the National Photography Prize by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, no less. The project is described as a dialogue between paleo-anthropology and archaeology, and explores the interaction of philosophy with the history of civilisation by examining the remains of certain buildings as well as visiting places where the first human beings are thought to have appeared.

Until 16th September
Coudenberg, entrance via BELvue museum, Place des Palais 7 – 1000 Brussels
www.coudenberg.com 

Couleur Café, Brussels

Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Sean Paul, Public Enemy, Gentleman, The SubsCouleur Café is known for having a thang for different cultures, but it’s not just the line-up: this three-day diversity-fest will feature the usual booths with food from all over the world plus an art expo (this year’s theme: Nature, je t’aime, moi non plus) and the Solidarity Village where NGOs will be doling out info on humankind’s impact on the environment. It all adds up to a colourful, multicultural city-side festival that well lives up to its name.

From 29th June to 1st July
Tour & Taxis, Rue Picard 3 – 1000 Brussels
www.couleurcafe.be

La Fabrika summer sale, Brussels

La Fabrika is a design lovers’ shop in Brussels’ Dansaert with 230 m² of carefully-curated contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories. They currently have a special treat for customers that goes something like this: This weekend, their summer sale kicks off and it means reductions of up to more than 50%, and it’s the perfect chance to get your mitts on some stylish designer pieces without stressing out your bank account too much.

Starts 30th June
La Fabrika, Rue A. Dansaertstraat 182 – 1000 Brussels
www.lafabrika.be

City Photographer Antwerp, Antwerp

©Alex Salinas and courtesy Stadsfotograaf Antwerpen

City Photographer Antwerp is a non-profit that’s set out to create a collective and artistic photographic memory of the city that will serve as a reference for future generations. The exhibition features the work of the first five photographers who have participated in the project: Maarten Vanden Abeele, Patrick de Roo, Elisabeth Broekaert, Dan Zollmann and Alex Salinas who, with their captivating pictures, construct a vivid portrait of our beloved Antwerp as we know it today.

Until 28th July
FIFTY ONE Fine Art Photography, Zirkstraat 20 – 2000 Antwerp
www.gallery51.com 

A drawing show, Antwerp

‘A drawing show’ is an exhibition curated by Dan Graham, the internationally renowned American artist whose work has been exhibited in such famous museums as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. With artists from William Wegman and Jef Geys to Matt Mullican and Julia Scher, this show presents a selection of Grahams’ favourite drawings: “My main criteria aside from the works’ aesthetic qualities is the way the work deals with clichés and eccentric humor” explains the man himself.

Until 28th July
Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Verlatstraat 14 – 2000 Antwerp
www.gms.be

KASK end of year exhibition, Ghent

Yesterday we did a feature on Belgian photography graduates who’ve just shrugged off the stressful drama of getting their end-of-year portfolios finished and presenting them to the jury. Ghent’s KASK school is now putting on an exhibition of some of these works, including Max Pinckers’ series ‘the Fourth Wall’. In a special feature in our recently released Grey Album, this young photographer was nominated one of Belgium’s most promising talents by none other then Dirk Braeckman. Don’t miss out on your chance to get to know the country’s future stars of photography.

Until 28th June
Campus Bijloke, entrance via Louis Pasteurlaan 2 – 9000 Ghent
www.schoolofarts.be

Vincent Geyskens, Ghent

UnDEAD’ is an extensive overview of  Belgian artist Vincent Geyskens’ oeuvre from the past 15 years, which includes a wide selection of figurative as well as abstract works. According to the artist, the ideological conflict between the two styles is a thing of the past. His paintings are juxtaposed with artworks from the SMAK collection that create links to his own practice, chosen by Geyskens himself. A truly cool exhibition.

Until 2nd September
SMAK, Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent
www.smak.be