Hives, Harmonie and art a la carte.This weekend in Belgium.

Portraits Croisés, Brussels

The exhibition Portraits Croisés is the result of a collaboration between artist Florence Coenraets and photographer Ilan Weiss. It’s a collection of portraits of individulas from all walks of life in the same environment and surrounded by similar props, all positioned on the same level regardless of perceived social differences. A celebration of equality and human dignity.

Opening 6.12.
Maison des Cultures de Saint-Gilles, Rue de Belgrade 120 – 1060 Brussels
www.ilanweis.com

Nationa(a) Pop Up Store, Brussels

December 7th sees the grand opening of the first edition of the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store, a temporary trading post and exhibition spot where you can catch the best of Belgian talent. There’s ten days to get your hands on all things Belgian, from fashion and cinema to music and visual arts. Curators include renowned designers such as Annemie Verbeke and Stephan Schneider. A great opportunity to pick up some one-of-a-kind christmas goodies…

From 7th to 16th December
Place du Chatelain 18 Kateleinsplein – 1050 Brussels
www.nationalstore.be

The Hives, Brussels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCQ7VLoY7bQ

Swedish garage rockers The Hives (we’ve all rocked out to Hate To Say I Told You So at least once…) are back at the Ancienne Belgique for a third time with their fifth record, ‘Lex Hives’. “The Hives’ true glory lies in their total and utter fashion-and-fad-resistant tunnel vision conviction…they believe in the redemptive power of loud, dumb, fun, witty, sarcastic, life-affirming scream-along strut’n’roll”, writes NME. A band that tends to whip the stage into a veritable hurricane, especially frontman Pelle Almqvist, it’s always a treat to see the five-piece perform live in the flesh.

9th December
Ancienne Belgique, Avenue Anspach 10 Anspachlaan – 1000 Brussels
www.abconcerts.be

Being Here, Antwerp

Tim Van Laere Gallery‘s group exhibition ‘Being Here’ unites the fascinating works of a number of outstanding artists, from rising Belgian star Rinus Van de Velde and beloved German oddball Jonathan Meese to Fred Bervoets, one of the most well known artists of his generation, as well as Vienna-based art collective Gelitin that “doesn’t shy from disrupting art world business as usual”, writes The New York Times. Bound to be a cracker of a show.

Opening 6th December
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23-25 – 2000 Antwerp
www.timvanlaeregallery.com

Friederike von Rauch, Antwerp

Friederike von Rauch has always had an eye for extraordinary architectural places, and with the series ‘Sleeping Beauties’, the German photographer shows no signs of changing her ways. This time, she’s exploring dark and empty museum spaces long after closing time, a project for which she visited museums all over Europe, skillfully capturing the very poetic and serene atmosphere of deserted museums on film.

Opening 6th December
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Zirkstraat 20 – 2000 Antwerp
www.gallery51.com

We suck young blood, Antwerp

Harmonie, if you’re not familiar with it already, is the title of a cool free magazine that’s distributed all round Antwerp, and this weekend they’re celebrating birthday #2. Reason enough for a party as well as an exhibition, and the roster’s got artists like Thomas GrødalEva BetjesJente Maes and Vincent Van Meenen, and takes a look back on the magazine’s previous editions. And don’t miss the awesome special surprise performances on the opening night (our lips are sealed…)

Opening night 7th December
Exhibition runs until 9th December
Extra City Kunsthal, Tulpstraat 79 – 2060 Antwerp
www.virtualharmonie.wordpress.com

Studio visit with Lucas Devriendt, Ghent

Belgian artist Lucas Devriendt, who lives and works in Ghent, has made a name for himself with his captivating and realistic paintings. You might have spotted his work in our white album, where he talked to us about the daunting but exciting challenge of the blank canvas. This weekend, we’re all invited to a rather special event: Devriendt is opening his most private surroundings to the public, giving his very privileged guests the chance to see the place where his art comes to life.

8th December
Studio Lucas Devriendt, Bijlokekaai 7C – Ghent
www.kunstwerkt.be

Bates Motel, Liège

Alfred Hitchcock‘s iconic horror movie ‘Psycho‘ serves as the main inspiration for the exhibition ‘Bates Motel’, a fact that’s rather obvious from the haunting, dark and, at times, disturbing pieces on show. Toying with the distinction between fiction and reality, the participating artists (Sofie Muller, Julie Scheurweghs, Danny Devos and many more) explore some of human kinds’ blackest aspects.

Opening 6th December
SPACE, en Féronstrée 116 – 4000 Liège
www.batesmotelexhibition.wordpress.com