Komplot, rooftops, Parr and prodigies. This weekend in Belgium.

Brussels

1. Martin Parr, Galerie Paris-Beijing

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Life’s a beach, Last Resort or Bored Couples are just a few titles of series by world-acclaimed photographer Martin Parr, who is currently being featured in a retrospective at Paris-Beijing gallery. Focussing on the grotesque, the hollow and the cliché, Parr, a Magnum photographer, takes a personal stance on globalisation without ever losing the capacity for self-criticism. ”All photography by nature is somewhat a lie,” he told The New York Times. ”I’m no exception. Even neutrality is an attitude. I’m part of the process, part of the system. But at least I’m aware of what the expectations are. And pricking them gives me my voice.”

Opening 29 May
Galerie Paris-Beijing, Rue Hôtel des Monnaies 66 – 1060 Brussels
www.galerieparisbeijing.com

2. Sophie Bouvier Ausländer, Galerie Heinzer Reszler

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Brussels-based Heinzer Reszler gallery, who have a twin gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland, are currently showcasing the work of artist Sophie Bouvier Ausländer. Living up to her rather quirky surname, the Swiss artist travelled from Brussels’ La Cambre to London’s Saint Martins to expand her CV. Using maps, flags and paintings as a jump-off point, Bouvier Ausländer reconstructs imaginary yet virtually possible worlds through the extensive manipulation of 2D objects.

Opening 30 May
Galerie Heinzer Reszler, Chaussée de la Hulpe 1 Terhulpensesteenweg – 1180 Brussels
www.heinzer-reszler.com

3. Black & Vases l After Howl l Ile 2 France, Komplot

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Non-profit artist hub Komplot have three different exhibitions going on right now for the art-inclined; After Howl’s large-scale installation The Cement Garden, constructed by ERG students, fills up the huge backroom while Ile 2 France have turned Komplot’s front space into the setting for a kind of tropical revolution out to destroy nationalist ideas and question today’s principles of urban life. Whew! Plus, there’s a brand new exhibition room in the basement where you can check out Black & Vases, a mysterious collection of new works by 11 different artists, from Felicia Atkinson to Zin Taylor.

Until 20 June
Komplot, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 295 – 1190 Brussels
www.komplot.be

4. Ménage à deux

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Back in October 2011 we reported the opening of trendy concept store Ménage à deux run by Israel-born Ran Yaniv and Russian-born Vanessa Vukovic. Much to our regret, their exciting adventure is now coming to an end, and this Thursday is your very last chance to pay the shop a visit and get your hands on some fantastic pieces whose prices have been drastically reduced for your shopping pleasure. But this sad, sad closing is not all bad. Ménage a deux are going out with a bang with a special performance by Brussels-based Lituanians Adomas & the Mittens. Au revoir!

30 May
Ménage à Deux, Rue de Flandre 120 Vlaamsesteenweg- 1000 Brussels
www.menageadeux.be

Antwerp

5. The Word Magazine’s summer rooftop, In Aanmaak

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We’re determined to give the sun every reason to show its fucking face: on Saturday 1 June, we’ll be taking over artist collective In Aanmaak‘s lovely Antwerp studio and their fabulous rooftop. Expect an afternoon and evening of laid-back laughter, summertime sounds and creative clues for kids, complete with Tipis and communal tables. On the menu are barbecued meats by celebrated butcher Jack O’Shea (featured in our pink album), vitamin C intakes by Choosy juice bar and DJ sets by Aimé le Chevalier and Onda Sonora (listen to his exclusive Word mix here). Plus, there’ll be a live gig by Internal Sun, Polaroid and found footage workshops for the little ones and an exhibition by photographer Julie Calbert who we recently interviewed here and who is featured in The Word Magazine’s freshly published second best edition.

1 June, 16h00-00h00
In Aanmaak, Lamorinierestraat 161 A – 2018 Antwerp
www.inaanmaak.be

6. Aurore Valade, Stieglitz 19

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“I’m a photographer but I could have been a designer, a director, a filmmaker or a choreographer. Photography allows me to be all of those things at once,” Aurore Valade once told Le Journal de la Photographie, and one look at the work she will be showing at Stieglitz19 is testament to this. Thanks to her thorough research of classical Renaissance painting and set-up, Valade’s series shows thoughtfully orchestrated interactions between the model, the interior and the view depicted. A young photographer to keep an eye on.

Opening 30 May
Stieglitz 19, Klapdorp 2 – 2000 Antwerp
www.stieglitz19.be

7. Frissen Vos Specht Kennis pop-up show/shop

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You’re likely to have come across some of Veerle Frissen’s work in The Word Magazine; she’s become somewhat of a regular contributor over the years. This weekend she’ll be participating in a pop-up project, located somewhere between exhibition and shop, together with three fellow artists. While textile designer Ella Davos presents her scarves and Karen Kennis her handmade jewellery, Veerle will be exhibiting her eerie and fairy-tale-like works, and she’ll also be flogging a selection of lovely tote bags displaying her images. A fresh concept that supports young artists from different disciplines hosted by concept gallery and coffee bar all-in-one, Viktor.

From 31 May to 2 May
Viktor Objekts & Koffie, Falconplein 45 -2000 Antwerp
www.viktorantwerp.be

Ghent

8. Willy De Sauter, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

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You wouldn’t expect to find hardcore modernist architecture in a sleepy little village in Flanders, but Museum Dhondt-Daenens is nothing if not a surprise. Built in the late sixties as a private initiative by an avant-la-lettre art collector-couple, this art platform could possible be labelled as the most underrated museum in Belgium. The same goes for the art of minimalist prodigy Willy De Sauter who is currently being hosted at MDD. Using the arts as a vehicle for an abstract representation of reality, this seventy five-year-old Belgian artist embodies the very essence of minimalism. (Maybe that’s why he never acquired the Luc Tuymans-like rock star status he deserves…)

Until 16 June
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Museumlaan 14 – 9831 Deurle, Ghent
www.museumdd.be