Charif Benhelima, Brussels

Courtesy of the artist and Crown Gallery Brussels

Memory, oblivion, identity and truth through images are the main themes that can be found in Belgian-Moroccan photographer Charif Benhelima’s works, an exploration of perception, time, space and invisibility. For ten years now, Benhelima has been experimenting with the Polaroid 600, his preferred working companion, whose limitations enable him to play with the (in)visible, creating fading and washed out images which serve to challenge photography as such as well as the viewer’s perspective.

Until 21st January 2012
Crown Gallery, Nouveau Marché aux Grains 13 Nieuwe Graanmarkt, 1000 Brussels
www.crowngallery.be

Russian Turbulence, Brussels

Sergei Borisov, Dialogue, 1983, courtesy of Galerie Volker Diehl

Looking back on 20th century Russian art spanning over 100 years, this exhibition showcases the works of 42 different Russian artists, touching upon the constructivist, avant-garde, non-conformist and contemporary periods to expose the country’s changing political and artistic ideologies. Celebrating the variety and powerful energy of the country’s artistic legacy‚ Russian Turbulence concentrates on the art of counter culture and underground resistance against the backdrop of Russia’s chaotic history – violence, revolutions and re-births. Whilst the older works offer an interesting glimpse as to the artistic expression that took shape behind the iron curtain, the newer ones address the challenges of the post-Soviet world.

Opening 8th December, 18h00-21h00
Exhibition from 9th December to 3rd March 2012
Charles Riva Collection, Rue de la Concorde 21 Eendrachtstraat, 1000 Brussels
www.charlesrivacollection.com

Thierry de Cordier, Brussels

Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens Gallery

Last days to see: By announcing that he had absolutely nothing to do with the 20th century, Belgian contemporary visual artist Thierry de Cordier deliberately distanced himself from the world, choosing self-reflection and personal exploration in its place. With his paintings, sculptures and drawings dominated by dark colors and grey tints, he creates a gloomy mental landscape full of fragility and inner suffering, exclusion and isolation. The search for protection, a central theme throughout his oeuvre, is best symbolised by his sculptures of semi-human figures and primitive buildings giving shelter.

Until 10th December
Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Rue Saint-Georges 6-8 Sint-Jorisstraat, 1050 Brussels
www.xavierhufkens.com

Black Out Party, Brussels

Catclub’s wild little sister is back with another memorable night blending old school house with italo-disco and new wave. Jessica 6 (NYC), Baris K (Istanbul) and Lady Jane (Brussels) behind the decks to make sure you’re kept on your feet until dawn. This is the last Catclub-infused party of the year, so make sure to get your dancing shoes on for one final boogie.

10th December
Mr Wong, Rue de la Vierge Noire 10 Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat, 1000 Brussels
www.catclub.be

Karel Fonteyne, Antwerp

Courtesy of Ingrid Deuss Gallery

Belgian photographer Karel Fonteyne, whose career stretches over almost 40 years, aims to recreate the feeling he experiences when pressing the button of his camera whilst at the same time challenging the spectators’ imagination by photographing his subjects so close that the result is rather vague. The exhibition ranges from Fonteyne’s photographs of recordings of a cinema performance in Budapest to his pictures of mysterious naked women whose faces he hides behind books or whose eyebrows he covers with numbers. Another highlight: his ‘horses’ series that reveals the importance of the darkroom for Fonteyne, who uses double exposure and craftsman-like techniques.

Opening 9th December
Exhibition from 10th December to 7th January 2012
Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Provinciestraat 11, 2018 Antwerp
www.ingriddeuss.be

Angela Bulloch, Antwerp

Courtesy of Micheline Szwajcer Gallery

Angela Bulloch, Turner prize nominee in 1997 and part of the Young British Artists’, descends upon Antwerp to show her famous pixel boxes which serve as a kind of signature surface for many of her works. Symbolising the smallest unit of technical images and touching the border between the virtual and the real world, these usually invisible digital measurements are brought to life by Bulloch who transforms them into autonomous individual objects used for the creation of her distinctive sculptures.

From 8th December to 21st January 2012
Micheline Szwajcer Gallery, Verlaatstraat 14, 2000 Antwerp
www.gms.be

Daniel Sinsel, Antwerp

Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London and Office Baroque, Antwerp

Daniel Sinsel, London-based German artist who has already counts shows in New York, Berlin, Zurich or Athens, explores classical themes of space, volume and illusion with his paintings and sculptures whilst always focusing on the qualities and characteristics of the used materials. Including references to art history as well as his personal interpretation of it, Sinsel stays dedicated to traditional oil painting of multiple layers and ancient craft techniques as ceramics and metalworking. As a result his works avoid modernist inclinations and are full of a very human sensuality.

Until 14th January
Office Baroque Gallery, Lange Kievitstraat 48, 2018 Antwerp
www.officebaroque.com

Adam Leech, Ghent

Adam Leech "If your eyes are good...", 2011, courtesy Hoet Bekaert Gallery

Born in the US and trained at the Chicago Art Institute as well as at the Royal Academy in Amsterdam, painter and video artist Adam Leech, who now lives and works in Brussels, combines and creates interactions between these two artforms. For the exhibition ‘If your eyes are good…’ in Ghent’s Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Leech created a rather unique concept: In order to force the viewer to express an opinion on the displayed paintings and make a public judgement, each visitor will be given plates with  fake dog poo and rose-leafs that have to be placed underneath the paintings, leaving no room for greyness, allowing only a ‘very good’ or ‘very bad’ mention.

Until 15th January 2012
Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Rodelijvekensstraat 28, 9000 Ghent
www.iets.be