Fear Not, James Pants, We Are Open. This weekend in Belgium.

David Altmejd, Brussels


New York-based Canadian artist David Altmejd is the youngest artist to have represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. He’s known for incorporating a myriad of materials into his sculptures, like polystyrene, chains, fur, and crystals, as well as casts of his hands and exotic fruits. Guggenheim chief curator Nancy Spector calls Altmejd’s creations with werewolf heads and taxidemied animals a ‘grotesque beauty.’ The artist, a biologist by professional training, says “The idea of creating a sculpture that is too structurally and spatially complex to be grasped all at once comes from an interest in nature. The experience of nature is an experience of details that results in the impression of something great.”

Opening 14th February
Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Rue Saint-Georges 6-8 Sint-Jorisstraat – 1050 Brussels

Olaf Holzapfel and Lucas Knipscher, Brussels


Albert Baronian will be exhibiting the works of German artist Olaf Holzapfel under the title ‘interritorial und territōriālis’. The artist creates foldings with the help of his assistants, arranged in a kind of choreography with a cold, static object at the end. The creative process gives great importance to the human dimension as well as chance, which is also the case for his hay pictures, produced not only in different steps but also different locations. Holzapfel’s methods are inspired by Donald Judd as well as  Italian artist Alighiero Boetti’s “Mappes” and bring regional craft and contemporary art together.

Opening 14th February, 18h00-21h00
Albert Baronian, Rue Isidore Verheydenstraat 2 – 1050 Brussels

Max Pinckers, Laurianne Bixhain, Janine Berens, Brussels


This weekend Recyclart is hosting an event dedicated to travel and photography. Three photographers from Belgium and Luxemburg, one of which is Max Pinckers who we featured in our Grey Album, will be presenting their works. Pinckers, a KASK graduate, will be exhibiting photographs from India while ERG student Janine Berens’ presentation will be accompanied by a musical performance.

14th February, 19h00
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels

Dirk Braeckman, Brussels


Bozar is currently hosting an exhibition of works by 18th century French painter Antoine Watteau, one of the most brilliant artists of his time, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Belgian photography star Dirk Braeckman, who we interviewed here, was invited to take part in the exhibition: Bozar asked the artist to find a way to depict the artworks that could not be brought to the show, a task for which Braeckman is an obvious choice – conveying emptiness, absence or desire have proven to be his favourite themes.

Until 12th May
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Fear Not, Brussels

Belgian-born Wim Vandekeybus is a director, choreographer and actor who rose to fame with “What the body does not remember”, a performance described by The New York Times as “tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific.”After having worked for two years with Jan Fabre, he created his own working structure called Ultima Vez in 1986.  Now Ultima Vez is celebrating its 25th birthday and Ancienne Belgique, Vk, Ateliers Claus and Beursschouwburg are hosting a music bash to celebrate. The highlight for us has to be an set by Drums are for Parades who we interviewed here, as well as the Experimental Tropic Blues band at VK on Friday. Read the full programme here.

Until 16th February
VK, Rue de L’Ecole 76 Schoolstraat – 1080 Brussels

James Pants, Brussels

BBC describes the latest release by American-born and Cologne-based musician James Pants as “an entire Star Trek film’s worth of squiggly sound effects.” The hard-to-pigeonhole creations of this multi-instrumentalist, the son of two Presbyterian ministers, incorporate genre elements of soul and 80s, early rap and new wave, to name but a few. Now you can experience him live on stage at Brussels’ Madame Moustache. Not to be missed!

16th February, 21h00
Madame Moustache, Quai au Bois à Bruler 5 Brandhoutkaai – 1000 Brussels

A Change of Scenery, Antwerp


Smashing the boundaries between art, craft and design, Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis, who’ve been collaborating for the past two decades, give everyday objects new life and unexpected beauty. Their creations take the best bits of what happens when a designer and visual artist join forces. Fascinating.

Opening 14th February
Valerie Traan, Reyndersstraat 12 – 2000 Antwerp

We Are Open, Antwerp

For three days of Belgian talent extra concentrate, check out Trix music festival We Are Open. The line up includes a great selection of Belgian acts, from newcomers Echo Beatty and BRNS to more established acts like electro rock duo Soldout, who are just about to release a new album. Also taking to the stage are Intergalactic Lovers, Flying Horseman, and many more.

From 14th to 16th February
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp

Limited Art Prints, Ghent

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Each year, friends of SMAK, Ghent’s museum for contemporary art, organise a group exhibition of the works of both local and international artists. This year you can catch creations by big shots like Joseph Beuys, Sarah Westphal, Belgian painting star Luc Tuymans and Gerhard Richter, one of Germany’s most important artists. It’s an eclectic mix of art’s finest that deserves to be added to your weekend calendar.

Until 3rd March
Zebrastraat, Zebrastraat 32 – 9000 Ghent

Ives Maes, Ghent


The exhibition Afterimages is putting on a display of 40 images by Belgian photographer Ives Maes’, a nostalgic exploration that tries to capture legacy and architecture of world fairs. Starting with the first world fair organised in London in 1851 to the most recent one in Shanghai, Maes’ images linger somewhere between utopia and dystopia and speak of futuristic ideals and urban realities.

Until 21st April 
STAM, Godshuizenlaan 2 – 9000 Ghent