Local Natives and On-Point party on. This weekend in Belgium.

On Paraphotography, Brussels

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Group exhibition ‘On Paraphotography: Uncertainty, The Uncanny, & The Occult’ brings together a number of works by a bunch of different photographers under the direction of Brad Feuerhelm. Feuerhelm will be assembling vintage photos from his own collection alongside contemporary works by Tereza ZelenkovaPaulina Otylie Surys, Joel-Peter Witkin and Jeffrey Silverthorne, who all have a penchant for exploring the mysterious and darker side of life.

Opening 7th March, 18h00
Harlan Levey Projects, Rue Leonlepagestraat 37 – 1000 Brussels
www.hl-projects.com

Kandinsky & Russia, Brussels

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Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstract art and one of most influential painters of the 20th century. Now, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts is bringing 150 of his works to Belgium for the very first time. The collection spans the period between 1901 and 1922, which follows his development from symbolism to avant-garde. A Belgian first, not to be missed.

Opening 8th March
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Rue Royal 3 Regentschapsstraat, 1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be

Noor Ali Chagani + Farid Saleem Kamboh, Brussels

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Using the ancient technique of clay brick making, Pakistani artist Noor Ali Chagani makes his own miniature-sized bricks and turns them into art objects by decorating them with miniature paintings. “It shows a constant struggle between retaining one’s identity and yet blending with the masses. It also communicates the need to be a part of a strong organization.  It talks about the struggle to fit in, making a place for oneself in a system,” says the artist himself. Chagani’s works are juxtaposed with installations by Farid Saleem Kamboh, an artist from Kuwait who explores the meaning of money.

Until 13th April
JOYE Gallery, Chaussée de Vleurgat 125 Vleurgatse Steenweg – 1050 Brussels
www.joyegallery.be

Zachary Formwalt, Brussels

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American artist Zachary Formwalt explores economic and social history using film and photography. His video work ‘Unsupported Transit’ deals with a new Chinese stock exchange, and the Marxist notion of the ‘abbreviated form of capital’. It won both the Illy Art Prize at Art Rotterdam (2012) and a Canon Tiger Award for Short Films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2013).

Until 30th March
D+T Project, Rue Bosquetstraat 4 – 1060 Brussels
www.dt-project.com

Indisciplinées, Brussels

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For this group exhibition, Brussels-based artist Karine Marenne has decided to juxtapose her work with that of Pascale Barret and Dominique Thirion. Incorporating disciplines that are not theirs, the artists offer a pleasantly surprising melange of performance, video art, paintings, and more.

Until 16th March
Dubois Friedland Gallery, Rue Souveraine 97 Opperstraat – 1050 Brussels
www.duboisfriedland.com

Norway meets Flanders/Flanders meet Norway, Brussels

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‘Paradigm’ unites the works of 18 different Norwegian artists, all craftspeople who work with glass, ceramics and metals. They all demonstrate an ability to translate ancient techniques into a contemporary visual language, and this exhibition is a dialogue between their creations and those of their Flemish contemporaries, including Kris Campo and Anna Torfs.

Until 17th March
Design Vlaanderen, Rue de la Chancellerie 19 Kanselarijstraat, 1000 Brussels
www.designvlaanderen.be

Brenna Youngblood, Brussels

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Californian artist Brenna Youngblood, to whom Frieze Magazine attributes “a dry wit and sensual brio” has made a name for herself with her fascinating photo collages. The Nathalie Obadia gallery is now putting on a solo show of the artist, her second in Europe and, as always, her home city of Los Angeles plays a major role in Youngblood’s creations, while evoking the work of David Hockney and Robert Rauschenberg.

Until 6th April
Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Rue Charles Decosterstraat 8 – 1050 Brussels
www.galerie-obadia.com

Disco Kids, Brussels

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This Sunday, Recyclart is hosting an extra-special event for the parents among you, with an afternoon of activities for 2 to 10 year olds. On the menu are concerts by Melodik Pinpon, Scarlatti Goes Electro and le Club des Chats, as well as film screenings, dress-up photo shoots and more. Plus, les Tigres d’Aspen will be on the turntables, adding a dash of disco to the proceedings…

10th March, 14h00 to 18h00
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.recyclart.be

Charles Fréger, Antwerp

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French photographer Charles Fréger visited 18 different European countries on his mission to investigate and document the local rituals and ancient customs of various cultural groups, searching for one particular mythological figure, the so-called ‘Wild Man’. His images show almost-forgotten parts of European culture, which The Guardian calls “strange and beautiful.”

Until 9th June
FoMu, Waalsekaai 47 – 2000 Antwerp
www.fotomuseum.be

Local Natives, Antwerp

This indie rock four-piece from Los Angeles made a big bang with their highly acclaimed debut ‘Gorilla Manor’ three years ago. In January, they released their second record, ‘Hummingbird’, which Pitchfork calls ”a record of lateral growth, one that finds the band establishing their own place among their contemporaries”. Don’t miss them live on stage this weekend at Antwerp’s Trix.

8th March, 19h30
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp
www.trixonline.be

Modernism, Ghent

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This major retrospective explores Belgian abstract art and its relation to its European counterparts in the period between 1912 and 1920. It’s a genre-crossing exhibition that features creations from the visual arts and architecture, as well as photography, film, literature and theatre. Belgian artists such as Marthe Donas and Jozef Peeters are featured alongside their foreign contemporaries Kurt Schwitters and Fernand Léger, “one of the best of the so-called Salon Cubists”, according to The Guardian.

Until 30th June
MSK Ghent, Fernand Scribedreef 1 – 9000 Ghent
www.mskgent.be 

Vicken Parsons, Ghent

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Kristof De Clercq Gallery is putting on a solo exhibition of London-based artist Vicken Parsons‘ captivating miniature paintings inspired by architecture and landscapes that play with the notions of space, darkness and light. “If much mainstream contemporary painting is brash, shallow and ironic, vast in size and diminutive in substance, then Parsons’ work is the polar opposite,” writes the Financial Times.

Until 10th March
Kristof De Clercq Gallery, Tichelrei 82 – 9000 Ghent
www.kristofdeclercq.com

I want you name and my name on a flyer, Ghent

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This exhibition features the work of eight different artists, and ranges from the paintings and drawings of Icelandic Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson to sculptures and installations by Belgian-born Joris van de Moortel. You’ll also get the chance to check out Kim Gordon, who you might now as a member of Sonic Youth. All the artists have one thing in common, in that they refuse to define their praxis within the confines of the contemporary art field. Could be interesting.

Until 7th April
Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Nieuwevaart 124 – 9000 Ghent
www.tatjanapieters.com 

On-Point residents at White Cat, Ghent

Renowned Belgian label On-Point Records, founded in 2010, has a well-documented knack for digging up new talent. This Thursday, grab the chance to experience one of their protégés yourself. On the turntables are Jazz Neversleeps, who recently recorded this exclusive mix for us, and they’ll also be joined by Alex Deforce, one of the label’s founding members.

7th March, 22h00
White Cat, Drongenhof 40 – 9000 Ghent
www.whitecat.be