Lo-fi fuzz and frolics. This weekend in Belgium.


1. (BRU)S The still house group, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen


Starting this weekend, Brussels’ Rodolphe Janssen Gallery is putting on a fascinating group show of New York-based artist-run organisation The Still House Group. The non-profit project supports emerging artists by pushing collaborations between them and advancing individual careers at the same time. And what’s more: this is the first time The Still House Group will be exhibiting outside of the United States. The expo encompasses the multi-faceted and genre-crossing works of the eight different artists that make up the Brooklyn collective, including Brendan Lynch, Isaac Brest, Jack Greer and others. T Magazine praises the group’s “optimism and resourcefulness: they’re typical of a generation that gives every material, be it Scotch tape or oil paint, equal weight.”

Opening 21 June
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Rue de Livourne 35 Livornostraat – 1050 Brussels

2. ReSiDuE, Wiels

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Apart from its exhibitions, one of the most important activities of Brussels’ contemporary arts centre Wiels is its residency programme. Since 2008, 60 artists have participated, an eclectic mix of diverging genres, cultural backgrounds and all at different stages of their career. Starting with this year’s ReSiDuE, Wiels will be presenting the creations of its residents in an annual group exhibition which reflects the indefinable character of its residency programme, with works by UK artist Theo Cowley, German Jana Euler and Belgian collective Hotel Charleroi . All nine artists will be present at the opening, together with curators Agata Jastrzabek & Dirk Snauwaert who will be inviting interested viewers to a round-table discussion.

Opening 21 June, 19h00
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels

3. Grande Plage, Komplot


Polish artist Jagna Ciuchta’s work is largely centred around the oeuvre of another Polish artist, sculptor Alina Szapocznikow who, according to the people at MoMa, “radically reconceptualized sculpture as an imprint not only of memory but also of her own body.” For a while now Ciuchta has made the Szapocznikow exhibition Sculpture Undone 1955-1972 the subject of her research and her artistic practice, and once again for the expo ‘Grand Plage’, now at Komplot.

Opening 21 June
Komplot, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 295 – 1190 Brussels

4. Master exhibition Sint-Lukas, Wolke

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Exhibiting the school’s graduation projects on the eleventh and twelfth floor of a Brussels skyscraper, this year’s Sint-Lukas photography show will not only feature talented Belgian youngsters, but a mind-blowing 360° view of Brussels as well.

Opens 20 June
W-o-l-k-e gallery, Rue du Canal 45 Vaartstraat, 1000 Brussels

5. Bad gateway, Elaine Levy Project


Yannick Val Gesto is a young up-and-coming Antwerp-based artist who is aesthetically located somewhere between the lo-fi-punk graphic design of a DIY fanzine and computer game graphics. Content-wise, his art is first and foremost based on self-experience and largely inspired by computer games, computer-generated imagery and the depths of the internet. “For me, art is a form of self-expression, which is in my case directly related to my personal life and interests. It’s not political, it’s not really conceptual. It is what it is, it’s honest,” says the artist.

Opening 22 June
Elaine Levy Project, Rue Fourmoisstraat 9 – 1050 Bruxelles

6. Book sale, Taschen store


A must for art fans and book lovers: this weekend German art publisher TASCHEN – who has helped make art more available to the general public by offering more affordable art books – will be hosting a special sale in its Philippe Starck-designed Brussels store at Sablon. Get your hands on editions by your favourite artists without stressing your bank account: display and slightly damaged books are being sold at half price or less.

From 20 to 23 June
TASCHEN, Rue Lebeaustraat 18 – 1000 Brussels

7. Fête de la musique with Hiele, Place de Londres


It’s time again for the Fête de la musique, an annual festival celebrating music. One gig you definitely shouldn’t miss is young Antwerp-based electronic music producer Hiele who just released his debut EP with newly launched Antwerp label Ekster. Don’t miss the chance to discover his innovative soundscapes outdoors at Brussels’ Place de Londres.

21 June, 16h00-22h00
Place de Londres, 1050 Brussels

8. Krystal Klear, Mr Wong

Dublin-born, Manchester-based producer Krystal Klear has been making quite a buzz. Endorsed by the likes of Brodinski, Hudson Mohawke and other big-shots, he’s also recorded a mix for the infamous Mary Anne Hobbs BBC Radio 1 show and toured all over the place. Heavily influenced by boogie, funk and hip-hop he has “no qualms about delving into the treasures of the past to find inspiration,” writes xlr8r. This weekend he’ll be behind the decks at Brussels’ Mr Wong  – don’t miss it.

22 June, 23h00
Mr Wong, Rue de la Vierge Noire 10 Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat – 1000 Brussels

9. Idiot glee + Le colisee, Madame Moustache

The Guardian has compared James Friley aka Idiot Glee to the likes of Perfume Genius, Rufus Wainwright and Ariel Pink, describing his songs as “lo-fi, fuzzy, scratchy versions of tunes from a musical about the late50s directed by David Lynch.” Friley, who’s also a record label co-owner, radio DJ and part of audio-visual collective Resonant Hole, will be presenting his latest EP ‘Life Without Jazz’ this weekend at Madame Moustache, supported by David Nzwyimana aka Le Colisée.

23 June, 20h00
Madame Moustache, Quai au Bois à Bruler 5 Brandhoutkaai – 1000 Brussels


10. Alexandre da Cunha, Michael Rey, Michael Williams, B.Wurtz, Office Baroque Gallery

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For the last exhibition on Antwerp soil before they explore the city of Brussels, Office Baroque gallery have invited New York-based artist B.Wurtz, along with Brazilian sculptor Alexandre da Cunha, Michael Rey and Michael Williams for a group show. Although found-object assemblies have become en vogue over the past few years, Wurtz has been practicing the technique for more than four decades. In the words of Newsweek and The Daily Beast critic Blake Gopnik: “It feels as though Wurtz simply uses his trash as an art supply that he’s mastered, the way another artist might master oil paint or carved wood.”

Opening 26 May, 16h30
Office Baroque Gallery, Lange Kievitstraat 48 – 2018 Antwerpen


11. Gideon Kiefer, Museum Dr. Guislain


As you might have read in our interview with Gideon Kiefer, the artist suffers from ‘night terror’, a sleeping disorder that results in intense nightmares but that also serve as an important source of inspiration. Among other uncanny settings, Science conceals madness shows a universe inhabited by doctors, nurses and scientists conducting out-of-this-world experiments and mind games. Hosted on the premises of one of Belgium’s first psychiatric institutes, this exhibition promises to get under your skin.

Opens 22 June
Museum Dr. Guislain, Jozef Guislainstraat 43 – 9000 Ghent

12. Manuel Burgener, Maria Nordman, Massimo Bartolini, SMAK


With three exhibitions opening this Saturday, the Ghent museum for contemporary art will be offering visitors a broad artistic experience, ranging from promising young Swiss artist Manuel Burgener, who will be exhibiting in the KunstNu-area of the museum, to Maria Nordman and Massimo Bartolini who have been in the game for decades.

Opens 22 June
S.M.A.K., Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent

13. Movement #20, KASK


Although Antwerp’s Fashion Academy can boast the Antwerp Six and a glorious reputation, Ghent’s fashion students have worked hard in the past weeks to catch up, and to rid themselves of their underdog position. Their yearly runway show has become a must-see for fashion fanatics and admirers of genuinely spirited work.

21 and 22 June, 19h and 21h
Zwarte Zaal, Bijloke, KASK, Jozef Kluyskensstraat 2 – 9000 Ghent


 14. (Un)Reliable Light, 44 Gallery

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Selected by the British Journal of Photography as one of 2013’s twenty photographers to watch, Gert Jochems is showing off his work in Bruges until the end of the month. [Un]Reliable Light features pieces dating from his 2005 RUS series up to today, including the much-discussed S for which Jochems infiltrated the bedrooms, basements and other private spaces of your  everyday Flemish guy and gal.

Until 30th June
44 Gallery, Genthof 44 – 8000 Bruges


15. Sam Dillemans, Kasteel van Gaasbeek


You’ll have to hurry over to Gaasbeek this weekend if you want to catch Sam Dillemans’ Authors exhibition, which has been prolonged thanks to its success. With an excessive number of paintings (over two hundred) Dillemans, in his own characteristic way, plays homage to writers, composers, scientists and philosophers who have been of importance to him. With MER. Paper Kunsthalle taking care of the accompanying catalogue, you can expect a lovely collector’s item.

Until 23rd June
Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Kasteelstraat 40 – 1750 Gaasbeek