Ignatz, Antilux and art therapy. This weekend in Belgium.

Matthieu Ronsse, Brussels

Last year we dropped in on Belgian painter Matthieu Ronsse for a studio visit, and now Almine Rech, one of Brussels’ most renowned galleries, is showing his works in an exhibition that also features pieces by sculptor Johan Creten. Ronsse’s paintings are impressive, his brush technique reminiscent of old masters like Van Eyck and Renoir, while Creten’s eye-catching sculptures are nothing short of fascinating. Not to be missed.

Until 2nd March
Almine Rech Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels

The Shadow Knows, Brussels 

The group exhibition ‘The Shadow Knows” brings together the work of seven different artists for a show predominantly based around the fictional character ‘The Shadow’ that appeared in a 1930s radio show, and an etching by English artist William Blake. The featured works all relate in one way or another; be it through psychological tensions or material antipodes.

Until 23rd March
C L E A R I N G, Avenue Louise 292 Louizalaan – 1000 Brussels

Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Brussels

Emmanuel Van Der Auwera, one-time artist in residence at Wiels, is being featured in an exhibition called Cave / Construction / Ruin, which showcases the works he created during his stay. The show combines installations and video and touches upon subjects like the world’s grey zones and their geological resistance, as well as New York’s Ground Zero.

Until 3rd February
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels

Ji.hlava, Brussels

Movie buffs are in for a busy weekend: For four days Cinema Nova will be presenting the very best of last year’s edition of the International documentary festival Ji.hlava, which takes place every year in the Czech Republic. The eclectic programme, which includes last year’s winner Kuichisan by Japanese director Maiko Endo, focusses on East European films and on general themes such as political dissidents.“Densely constructed and fascinatingly mysterious”, describes Filmmaker magazine the winning feature. Movie directors will be there alongside the festival team.

From 31st January to 2nd February
Cinema Nova, Rue d’Arenbergstraat 14 – 1000 Brussels

Xiu Xiu and Eugene Robinson, Brussels

Jamie Stewart, the creative mind behind American avant-garde outfit Xiu Xiu, is “one of the underground music’s consistently brilliant anomalies”, writes Pitchfork. He has now teamed up with Eugene Robinson, lead singer of fellow American rockers Oxbow and their collaborative effort will culminate in an album due out in April. They’ll be live on stage in Les Ateliers Claus this weekend, where you can also catch Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier, the musical side-show of Belgium-based artist Felicia Atkinson, recently interviewed here about her Kassel Documenta experience.

3rd February, 20h00
Les Ateliers Claus, rue de Brabantstraat 23a -1210 Brussels

Ignatz, Brussels

Brussels-based artist Bram Devens a.k.a. Ignatz (the vicious cat in George Herriman’s Krazy Kat comics) has a knack for songwriting, and his acoustic melodies are driven by spontaneity and improvisation. His first three albums were released on Belgian label KRAAK, who’ve described his sounds as “brain-melting retro-futuristic blues folk”.

31st January, 20h30
Eugene Gallery, Rue de la Clé 5 Sleutelstraat – 1000 Brussels

Antilux, Brussels

Belgian two-piece Antilux are throwing a release party at Café Central to launch their brand new EP ‘Dolphin Tool’, a mixture of electronic sounds and blues and rock influences. Also on the menu is Brussels Dj-producer Mezzdub, founder of art, music and party collective 54Kolaktiv, who recently made us an exlusive mix.

31st January
Café Central, Rue Borgvalstraat 14 – 1000 Brussels

Michel Mouffe, Antwerp

Belgian artist Michel Mouffe makes paintings with a pulsating, moving, vibrating feel that creates an almost sensual relationship with the viewer. His works consist of endless layers of thin glaze that all carry their own individual significance, while blending into a mysterious whole. “He doesn’t paint, he veils”, according to the gallery’s very proud promo. Fascinating.

Opening 31st January
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Oude Koornmarkt 16 – 2000 Antwerp

Bert Danckaert, Antwerp

Antwerp-born photographer Bert Danckaert, who also teaches at Antwerp’s Academy, sees beauty in unlikely places, like dirty streets or walls. His images shine a spotlight on the easily overlooked elements of our urbanised world, thus creating a visual universe that feels strangely familiar. Mesmerising.

Until 3rd March
Stieglitz 19, Klapdorp 2 – 2000 Antwerp

Benjamin Verdonck, Antwerp

Benjamin Verdonck’s work has many faces: not only is he a visual artist, but also a writer and theater producer who uses all kinds of different media in his art practice. Tim Van Laere Gallery is now putting on a solo show of the Belgian artist, uniting sculptures, installations, objects and visual documents from his performances, for a playful and enigmatic exhibition.

Opening 31st January, 18h00
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23-25 – 2000 Antwerp