Art Truc Troc, Brussels

Courtesy of Truc Troc

If you’ve always dreamed of having an original art piece to prettify your apartment, but couldn’t foot the bill, now is the chance to get your hands on one. And lo, it won’t cost you any cash. Art Truc Troc is an art fair for the less-than-mega-rich art lovers amongst us, where works by 200 multidisciplined artists are displayed throughout the BOZAR, from sculptures to paintings to photos. Transactions here are not governed by cash: creativity, for three nights only, is capital. Visitors are requested to jot down their ‘payment’ proposals on post-it-notes and attach them next to their piece of choice, offering in exchange a service, a thing, or whatever can be dredged from the deepest pools of the imagination that just might be worth something to someone. It’s all terribly bohemian and accessible art-ish.

From 27th to 29th January
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Daan van Golden, Brussels

Courtesy of Wiels

Pop art, minimalism, postmodernism, geometric abstraction – Dutch artist Daan van Golden has been pinned to many art history ism’s, and yet continues to stand somewhere on his own, a unique claim in contemporary painting. The ‘Apperception’ exhibition is the first retrospective of van Golden’s work that Belgium has hosted, showcasing all aspects of his art, from major pieces to the newer additions. Using a special painting technique – a slowed-down, meditative exercise inspired by Zen philosophy – he creates art that manages to plaster the extraordinary all over the ordinary.

Opens 27th January, 18h30-21h30
Exhibition runs until 29th April
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels

Don Brown

Courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery

English sculptor Don Brown’s head-to-toe women illustrate his knack for combining two altogether contrasting worlds: whilst his large-scale sculptures show off his craftsmanship for Italian neo-classicism and the Greco-Roman era, references to the twenty-first century abound. High heels, sunglasses, modern hairstyles and, especially, far-from-voluptuous bodies, make it clear that the spectator is dealing with the woman of today. As an added bonus, Brown photographs his creations, using the images to highlight certain elements or perspectives. This exhibition juxtaposes, for the first time, Brown’s acrylic, bronze and silver statues with his large-sized photo prints. A fascinating translation of classical sculpture into our own time.

Opens 27th January
Almine Reche Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels

Gym Class Heroes, Brussels

With elements of rap, rock, funk and R&B, Gym Class Heroes are difficult to typecast. Even though their sound has a strong hip hop feel, this Geneva, NY four-piece regularly star alongside rock, punk and metal artists. Plus, these guys from don’t use samples in their music, something rather unorthodox in hip hop. Having just released their fifth LP ‘The Papercut Chronicles II’ last year (a reference to their 2003 album that landed them their record deal), they’re rocking up to Brussels to show off some new stuff. Expect serious fun.

29th January
VK, Rue de l’Ecole 76 Schoolstraat – 1080 Brussels

Yamamoto Masao and ARPAÏS du bois, Antwerp

Courtesy of Gallery 51

The exhibition ‘Where they met’ is as a dialogue between Japanese photographer Yamamoto and Belgian artist ARPAÏS du bois, two maestros from two different worlds. The exhibition juxtaposes Yamamoto’s subtle and powerful prints that focus on the relationship between man and nature, and ARPAÏS du bois’s drawings, his personal responses to the chaos of everyday life and the overload of image that constantly bombards us. A captivating approach to reopening the dialogue between photography and the graphic arts.

Opens tonight, 18h00
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Zirkstraat 20 – 2000 Antwerp

Last days to see: Wouter Feyaerts, Ghent

Young hot-to-trot Belgian artist Wouter Feyaerts’ ‘thing’ is posters, and the S.M.A.K museum is currently showcasing 452 pieces of his work in a dense, blocky grid in their Ghent gallery. We read an email exchange between the artist and art critic Wim Van Mulder, included in the exhibition book. Feyaert says: “Placards have an exciting ambiguity. They have been used both by those in power and the underground, the resistance. They are a tool of the establishment but also of the anti-establishment. For this series to function optimally as a whole, it had to be displayed ‘in a place of power’.” Intriguing exploration, worthy subject.

Until 29th January
S.M.A.K., Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent

Les Transardentes, Liège

This weekend brings Belgium’s first major musical event of the year, Les Transardentes, the baby sister of summer outdoor festival Transardentes. The past four years have seen this shindig establish itself as one of the most important dates in electronic music. With this years headliners Boys Noize, Birdy Nam Nam and Cassius plus an eclectic laundry list line-up besides, it maintains the reputation. A must for electric lovers. Big red X on your weekend calendar.

28th January
Halles des Foires, Avenue Maurice Denis 4 – 4000 Liège