Catclub, Colour One & pre-Christmas crackers. This weekend in Belgium.

Harry Gruyaert, Brussels

Harry Gruyaert (interviewed by The Guardian here), member of legendary photo agency Magnum since 1981, is one of Belgium’s most prominent photographers, celebrated for his knack for the subtleties of light and the power of colour. Although particularly famous for his portrayal of Morocco, a country that has continued to fascinate him throughout his career, he’s always had a thing for his home country. Botanique is currently showing a selection of photographs made in Belgium, from the beginning of the seventies until the end of the eighties, a captivating series that reveals his fascination with colour and his ability to seek out beauty in the most banal subjects.

Until 3rd February
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels

Matias Faldbakken, Brussels

Norwegian visual artist and writer Matias Faldbakken has made a name for himself with a radical and provocative approach to his art. For his current exhibition, he explores the languages of form that relate to certain periods in modernism, as well as the issues of vandalism and appropriation. Faldbakken deconstructs iconic Norwegian sculptures and assigns them new meaning, such as Arnold Haukeland’s Portrait of a Generation, which gives this exhibition its name.

Until 3rd March
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels

Colour One, Brussels

The installation Colour One for MINI, which appeared for the first time in April 2012 at Salone internazionale del Mobile in Milan, can now be admired at Brussels’ Bozar. Created by Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings (featured in The New York Times here), the artwork shows a deconstructed, dissected and completely reinvented MINI One. The two designers have (re)thought of everything, from wheels to chassis in their inimitably minimalist but richly detailed style using handcrafted finishes.

Until 27th January
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Catclub, Brussels

Usually our weekend schedule programme ends on Sunday night but this time we’re making an exception and an extension: Monday is Christmas Eve and for those who dream of escaping the family obligations, never-ending dinners and ugly Christmas jumpers, we have the perfect alternative with Catclub’s Christmas edition! On the decks you’ll find Cologne’s David Hasert, Berlin’s Luz and, as always, Lady Jane. Happy holidays!

24th December
Bazaar, Rue des Capucins 63 Kapucijnenstraat – 1000 Brussels

Raoul De Keyser, Antwerp

With the passing of Raoul De Keyser earlier this year (read The New York Times’ obituary here), Zeno X has lost one of its biggest artists. Having represented De Keyser since 1988, the gallery now pays tribute to his exceptional oeuvre with a solo show called ‘Hommage’.  The artist’s works, which are included in the collections in renowned museums from San Francisco to New York, became famous for his exploration of the tension between figuration and abstraction and the dynamism he brought to monochrome paintings.

Until 26th January
Zeno X Gallery, Leopold De Waelplaats 16 – 2000 Antwerp

The Hickey Underworld & friends present Zero Hour, Antwerp

Antwerp-based band The Hickey Underworld and their entourage are the creative minds behind the programme of ‘Zero Hour’, a soirée filled to the max with concerts by Belgian bands like Drums Are For Parades, Bed Rugs and Das Pop who BBC compares to the likes of Phoenix and Tahiti 80.. A musical tribute to the end-of-the-world buzz of the last few weeks, and we reckon it’s a perfectly fitting soundtrack for the occasion.

21st December
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp

18 photographers, Ghent

Ghent photo gallery Flinxo presents an eclectic group show featuring some fascinating Belgian photography.The exhibition showcases the works of  a total of 18 different artists, ranging from Carmen De Vos and Axel Stevens to Jeroen Mylle. Definitely worth a look.

Until 27th January
Flinxo, Ottoracht 38 – 9000 Ghent

David Widart, Liège

L’Amicale, the publishing world’s newest of newcomers, is releasing its very first book: “La roue voilée”, a publication by Belgian photographer David Widart. The launch takes place this Thursday at Liège’s La Carotte book shop, and visitors are invited not only to meet the artist himself but to share a cup of hot wine and maybe even partake in some last-minute Christmas shopping…

20th December
Librarie La Carotte, Boulevard de la Constitution 73 – 4020 Liege