The weekend in Belgium 31.05

Paul Wackers, Brussels

American artist Paul Wackers‘ figurative but kind-of-abstract paintings are neither entirely realistic nor entirely fantastical, and they all focus on non-places like vegetable landscapes with bookshelves and window ledges. “The specifics are not important”, the artist explains, “what counts is how the elements within the picture interact as parts of another world that is sometimes jarringly familiar to our own.” Merging the genres of landscape painting, still life and abstraction, Wackers’ work reveals his obscure inner impressions, and leaves you with the feeling of getting lost in your (or someone else’s) thoughts. Intriguing.

Opening 31st May
Alice Gallery, Rue du pays de Liège 4 Land van Luikstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.alicebxl.com

Kelley Walker, Brussels

This exhibition focuses on the most recent output of American artist Kelley Walker. His latest offering is a radical and complex project that marks the start of a new direction in his oeuvre, based on observations of things at the exact moment of their massive translation to digital. Walker explores a visual culture that is heavily influenced by technological advances using, in one instance, the computer programme Rhino to whip up three-dimensional images. Awesome.

Opening 2nd June
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Rue Vandenbrandenstraat 1 – 1000 Brussels
www.catherinebastide.com

Stefan Serneels, Brussels

Belgian artist Stefan Serneels, who lives and works in Aarschot, creates mostly black and white paintings and drawings that deal with an alienated, fragmented reality, and that err on the side of haunting. Full of distorted perspectives and surrealistic shapes, Serneels’ captivating work plays with reality, fantasy and perception, a collection of strange and beautiful images that bury you in this stranger’s subconscious.

Until 30th June
Crown Gallery, Nouveau Marché aux Grains 13 Nieuwe Graanmarkt – 1000 Brussels
www.crowngallery.be

The grey album release party, Brussels 

Our long-awaited grey album (finally) comes out on Friday and we want to celebrate it with you at Brussel’s BOZAR Shop. We have a number of special treats in store for you, from an Absolut Vodka bar (make sure to be there for the Happy Hour from 19h00 to 20h00) to 150 limited-edition tote bags for the 150 first guests to arrive. Have one of Absolut’s infamous Basilic cocktails and get your copy of the grey album that includes our yearly photography special, seven of the country’s best graffiti writers and much more.

Join the Facebook event page here.

1st June, 19h00
BOZAR Shop, Rue Ravensteinstraat 15 – 1000 Brussels

El Anatsui, Antwerp

The works of African artist El Anatsui, who was born in Ghana, have been bandied around the globe and have made it into the collections of renowned museums such as the Moma or Centre Pompidou. Anatsui is known for his tapestry-like, large-scaled wall sculptures meticulously put together from countless pieces of  materials that range from broken pottery to old wooden logs cut up by a chainsaw and colourful bottle tops. He merges personal, local, and global concerns in visual creations that could best be described as a collage of discarded memories, demonstrating a fascinating interplay of color, shape, and fluidity.

Until 30th June
Galerie Axel Vervoordt, Vlaeykensgang – 2000 Antwerp
www.axelvervoordtgallery.com

Artists of the Gallery, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Zeno X Gallery is currently featuring an overview of  a number of its artists, ranging from the photography of Dirk Braeckman and pieces by Bart Stolle to Jan De Maesschalck‘s beautiful, melancholic paintings. The exhibition also features Kees Goudzwaard, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, American artist Jack Whitten and French painter Cristof Ivoré. An eclectic show at one of the country’s top galleries that’s well worth a peek.

Until 9th June
Zeno X Gallery, Leopold De Waelplaats 16 – 2000 Antwerp
www.zeno-x.com

Rankin’s Rubbish, Antwerp

Rankin is the founder of innovative Dazed & Confused magazine, creator of landmark advertising campaigns like Dove’s iconic ‘Real Women’ and a celebrity portrait photographer who’s worked for publications like Rolling Stone, Elle and Vogue. This exhibition, cleverly titled ‘Rankin’s Rubbish’, brags a different side of the busy Brit. The photographs, inspired by Irving Penn’s still life images of cigarette butts and ephemera, focus on objects that are generally overlooked, revealing beauty in unexpected places.

Until 16th June
Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Provinciestraat 11 – 2018 Antwerp
www.ingriddeuss.be

Didier Verriest, Ghent

For a period of three years, Ghent-based photographer Didier Verriest has visited about 80 artists in their studios all over Belgium, entering these most personal of personal surroundings and making new friends along the way. The images in this exhibition, which feature Dirk Braeckman to Charif Benhelima and Manor Grunewald, to name but a very few, offer a rare view of the artists’ most private habitat: the places where their artworks come to life, and it’s all fascinatingly intimate.

Opening 1st June
Zebrastraat, Zebrastraat 32 – 9000 Ghent
www.zebrastraat.be