First glance at The second best. This weekend in Belgium.

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Defo, who showed up in our grey album as part of a feature on Belgian graffiti artists, first started painting in 1993 and mostly goes for walls – he once spent 16 hours on one. Now you can check out the street artist’s work in more established surroundings; for the Bootlegz & Wildbarz exhibition at Montana Shop & Gallery, Defo teamed up with a number of other artists from Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland to design a selection of t-shirts.

11 April, 19h00
Montana Shop & Gallery
Rue de la Madeleinestraat 19 – 1000 Brussels
www.montanashop.be

Six Possibilities for a Sculpture, Brussels

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La Loge is the name of a beautiful Brussels exhibition space located in a former temple. Open since last September, the gallery is now putting on a fascinating group show that focuses on sculpture, featuring the work of five different artists and their individual take on the theme: while French-born Caroline Achaintre makes woolen wall-works and anthropomorphic ceramics, Dutch artists Hedwig Houben and Jennifer Tee combine their practice with performance.

Opening 12 April
La Loge, Rue de l’Ermitage 86 Kluisterstraat – 1050 Brussels
www.la-loge.be

Frogtopia, Brussels

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Brussels is being treated to four days with the Frog King aka Kwok Mang Ho, one of China’s very first performance and conceptual artists (read an interview with him on Dazed Digital here). Together with his so-called Frog Queen, Cho Hyun Jae, a Korean-born artist and designer, the King recently hosted a workshop in order to create a collaborative installation, and the experimental exhibition titled ‘Frogtopia’, which features public participation, can now be seen at Harlan Levey Projects.

Opening 12 April
Harlan Levey Projects, Rue Leonlepagestraat 37 – 1000 Brussels
www.hl-projects.com

The Word Magazine release party, Brussels

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This Friday sees the release of our new edition, a heady mix of interviews, first-hand manifestos, rants, Polaroid adventures, studio visits and throwaway cameras, with and by the likes of Stephen ShoreRoe EthridgeRoger BallenDirk BraeckmanSarah MorrisLee RanaldoDamo Suzuki and Nick Kent. Fresh-faced and as good as new, expect two new editorial sections, double the number of pages (180) and a new design from front to back (new cover, new format, new grid). Come celebrate the new release with us at Recyclart and get your hands on your very own copy. You’ll be joined by Belgian band Echo Beatty live on stage and Parisian DJ Charlotte Decroix on the decks.

12th April, 20h00
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.recyclart.be

Team Ghost, Brussels

Having left M83 in 2004, Nicholas Fromageau went on to found his own musical project, Team Ghost, and while M83 have rocketed to stardom, Fromageau’s baby has stayed much closer to earth. The French electro poppers sound a bit like a dirtier, darker version of the original. NME writes: “They may never outshine M83 but ‘Rituals’ at least establishes Team Ghost in their own right.”

13 April, 19h30
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.botanique.be

Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

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After more than 30 years in the same spot, Zeno X Gallery, one of Antwerp’s most prominent and renowned galleries, is closing down its south-city space to start a brand new chapter in the Borgerhout district. The new gallery is much bigger than the original, allowing for much larger exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition is an extensive group show of new works by all the artists represented by the gallery; including Belgian painting heavyweights Luc Tuymans and Michael Borremans and photographer Dirk Braeckman. An Antwerp weekend must for arty types.

Opening 14 April, 15h00-18h00
Zeno X Gallery,  Godtsstraat 15 – 2140 Antwerp 
www.zeno-x.com

Antony Gormley, Antwerp

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The exhibition Firmament and Other Forms features a selection of pieces by British artist Antony Gormley, and includes his never-before-seen ‘polyhedra’ sculptures. The winner of the Turner prize is known for exploring the tension between body and space, with large-scale figurative sculptures that he sometimes attaches to walls or the roofs of buildings. “This exhibition questions the human body’s attachment to architecture and investigates the place of the human body within the wider frame of things and worlds. All the works are based on the ‘bubble-matrix’; a random, but consistent geometry found in nature,” says the artist, while The New York Times writes: “While his detractors have called his work vulgar and bland, others have hailed him as the next Henry Moore and a ‘father figure’ to a younger generation of sculptors who also deal with the body.”

Until 5 May
Middelheimmuseum, Middelheimlaan 61 – 2020 Antwerp
www.middelheimmuseum.be

The Growlers, Antwerp

“Their retro vibe isn’t fetishised nostalgia — it’s dumpster-diving freegan collage,” writes Spin Magazine of Californian psychadelicists The Growlers. This weekend experience them live at Antwerp’s Trix where they’ll be presenting their fourth full-length release, Hung at Heart. It’s another a mix of surf, garage and psychedelia, combined with a glaring preference for distortion and reverb. Expect an energetic concert with wigs, heavy make-up and more.

13 April, 20h00
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp
www.trixonline.be

Bleed Across Graphic Design 2013, Ghent

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Bleed Across Graphic Design’ is a two-day event to satisfy the visual appetites of graphic design junkies, as well as the rest of us. It’s a conference that especially focuses on the fading distinctions between today’s creative sectors. On Friday you can catch interesting speakers such as representatives from Ok Parking and Clever Franke, while Saturday features an expo with Belgian DJ Nosedrip on the decks (listen to his Word-exclusive mix here).

From 12 to 13 April
Zebrastraat, Zebrastraat 32 – 9000 Ghent
www.zebrastraat.be
A&Gallery, Schepenhuisstraat 17 – 9000 Ghent
www.angels-ghosts.com