Record barters and garden parties. This weekend in Belgium

Matthew Crasner, Brussels


Matthew Crasner, whose fear of the blank canvas was explored here, was born in Swaziland and moved to London to study sculpture before coming to live and work in Brussels. Joye Gallery is now dedicating a compelling solo show to the artist, showcasing a selection of his latest paintings – a collection predominantly based on found and old photographs, accompanied with the same nostalgia and familiarity present in many of Crasner’s works. “For me, making art is a process that has neither a start or an end; my work is an accumulation of memories, experiences and emotions that I collect, catalogue and order to make sense of the world I live in,” says Matthew.

Opening 25 April, 18h00 
JOYE Gallery, Chaussée de Vleurgat 125 Vleurgatse Steenweg – 1050 Brussels

A logical Chaos, Brussels


De La Charge are hosting ‘A logical Chaos’ this Friday, a multidisciplinary soirée featuring several hours of musical performances and more. Besides paintings by Sophie d’Ansembourg, a concert with Jack and Cayo and films by Jonti Toosey, there’s also an expo featuring images from The Word Magazine’s infamous throwaway project (which includes artists like Jonathan Meese and Betty Tompkins), plus the chance to get your hands on a copy of our shiny new edition.

25 April, 20h00
De La Charge, Rue Théodore Verhaegenstraat 152 – 1060 Bruxelles

Inner Journeys, Brussels

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Maison Particulière is a non-profit organisation that exhibits art in a private Belgian townhouse. The concept: the pieces belong to collectors, none are for sale, and the pieces are selected by the collectors themselves. The current exhibition is called ‘Inner Journeys’ and reflects the personal experiences and intimate adventures of Cédric and Cookie Liénart, Antoine de Galbert, and Galila.

Until 30 June
Maison Particulière, Rue du Chatelain 49 Kateleinstraat – 1050 Brussels

Le Corbusier and photography, Brussels

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The Guardian calls him “the man who designed the 20th century” and indeed, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, has had an immense impact on architecture. CIVA’s current exhibition not only presents paintings, sculptures, furniture and books by or belonging to this pioneer of modern high design, but also links his work with photography. It raises the question of what role photography plays in promoting and distributing artistic research, while examining the place of Le Corbusier’s architecture in contemporary photography.

Opening 26 April
CIVA, Rue de L’Ermitage 55 Kluisstraat – 1050 Brussels

Katja Strunz, Brussels

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German artist Katja Strunz is based in Berlin and works with recycled handmade or industrial materials, creating pieces she calls ‘constructed fragments’. Time, and the relation between past and present, play an important role in her artworks, notions that are highlighted by the presence of the show’s centrepiece, a large-scale wooden clock sculpture. “I try to capture a moment. They are like moments taken from the endless progression of a movement,” says the artist, who is currently also exhibiting at Paris’ Centre Pompidou and the Camden Arts Centre in London.

Until 25 May
Almine Rech Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels

Mitch Epstein, Brussels


American photographer Mitch Epstein’s work is part of major collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art and New York’s MoMA. He won the Prix Pictet for his series ‘American Power’ which examines energy production and its consequences in the US, with a “combination of subtlety and assurance,” according to The New York Times. Fondation A Stichting is now presenting his black-and-white ode to nature and New York, a portrait of the city’s trees: “The more I photographed trees in the city, the more I saw the city as an arbor; society and architecture became secondary to nature,” explains Epstein.

Until 30 June
Fondation A Stichting, Av. Van Volxemlaan 304 – 1190 Brussels

Xavier Mary, Brussels


Do Not Open is an artist-run space that invites artists in for in situ installations, preferably outside their regular practice. They’re currently showing artwork by Xavier Mary, an artist from Liège who is represented by renowned Brussels gallery Albert Baronian and known for decoding the signs and structures of post-industrial society, with added pop references. “An accomplished artwork is one that can create meaning by its simple presence in a space,” the artist says.

Until 1 June
Project Space DO NOT OPEN, Rue d’Albaniestraat 47 – 1060 Brussels

Oh My Garden, Brussels


Every month or so, Oh My Garden invites the people of Brussels to different gardens all over the city to enjoy intimate concerts in an original setting. With the arrival, finally, of some long-awaited and well deserved sunbeams, Oh My Garden is back for its 14th edition, its third summer season. This weekend Belle Arché Lou from Paris and Brussels-based band Robbing Millions will be rocking out in a garden near you.

25 April, 18h00
Rue des Champs Elysées 30 Elyzeese Veldenstraat – 1050 Brussels

Brussels Short Film Festival

“In its 15 years of existence, the festival has discovered quite a few future stars,” writes Le Soir. It’s time again for Brussels’ short film festival, which this year features a selection of over 300 films from 40 countries in national and international competitions. While the opening of the 16th edition kicks off with a selection of Oscar-winning short films, the ‘Next Generation’ competition draws attention to film students from all over the world. A weekend date for city cineasts.

Until 4 May
Various locations, Brussels
Check the programme here

Hans Everaert, Antwerp


Belgian artist Hans Everaert uses his paintings to create mental landscapes with varying levels of figuration and abstraction, often vaguely inspired by a mountain, a village, or a building. Touching upon themes such as emptiness, darkness and the unknown, he often starts, not with a white canvas, but with an acrylic black background. “To me, a white canvas is full, it’s filled with light. It would be almost impossible to start from there,” the artist says. This solo exhibition presents a selection of his latest works.

Opening 28 April, 15h00
Galerie Het Vijfde Huis, Reyndersstraat 5 – 2000 Antwerp

For the record, Antwerp

This weekend, Antwerp’s preeminent gig locus, Trix, is playing host to a must-do record fair that is set to attract collectors, labels and musicians from every corner of the music-loving globe. Trix hall will be transformed into a temporary bazaar, while the Club and Bar will be offering listening sessions, interviews and concerts featuring Belgian radio host Luc Janssen and Deus frontman Tom Barman. Not to be missed.

28 April, 12h00
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp

Vivian Maier and Saul Leiter, Antwerp


Vivian Maier’s captivating street photography was discovered in 2007 at a Chicago auction house and now Antwerp’s Fifty One Fine Art Gallery is bringing her work to Belgium for the very first time. The gallery will also be presenting a selection of photographs – some never seen before – by Maier’s fellow American photographer Saul Leiter, a representative of the so-called New York School for a fascinating double-dose exhibition. His work “exists on the periphery of the art world while simultaneously being widely regarded as one of the pioneering visions of colour photography,” writes Wired.

Opening 25 April, 18h00
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Zirkstraat 20 – 2000 Antwerp

International photo festival, Knokke-Heist


Knokke’s International Photo Festival is launching a new prize this year called the PixSea award to honour one established photographer – this year it’s Guido Guidi – and one emerging artist. Nominees include Belgian Olivier Cornil, British Clare Strand and France’s Benjamin Girette, whose works will be on display in an eye-catching exhibition alongside the best photos from this year’s World Press Photo, one of the most prestigious photography prizes around.

Until 9 June
Centre culturel Scharpoord, Meerlaan 32 – 8300 Knokke-Heist