Future, fine art and photography. This weekend in Belgium.

Kristof Kintera, Brussels

Czech artist Kristof Kintera’s works are coming to Belgium for the very first time, for a show that’s worth a gander. The Prague-based artist specialises in sculptures and installations that see everyday objects transformed and existentialist issues explored, mostly pondering the relation between us and nature. He touches upon some of today’s major societal issues, like social tension, consumerism and urbanism, and it’s provocative, melancholic and subversive.

Opening 10th January
D+T Project
Rue Bosquetstraat 4

Pascal Cribier, Brussels

For his latest exhibition, French-born landscape architect Pascal Cribier – designer of everything from the Bastille Opera terrace to corners of cities like Boulogne – deals with the question of storage, an issue that is often overlooked in contemporary urban landscape planning. He clearly has a vision of a more sustainable and efficient environment, without pretending to have all the answers at hand. His work raises interesting questions about landscapes, urban studies and gardens that might occupy the consciousness of the visitor for a long time to come. “Gardening is all about communicating with the site. I’m against virtually constructed gardens developed on the screen”, Cribier recently explained his philosophy to Le Figaro.

Until 28th February
Rue de L’Ermitage 55 Kluisstraat

Kiripi Katembo, Brussels

‘Urban mutation’ is Congolese artist Kiripi Katembo’s favorite topic and one that he takes up once again in his exhibition ‘Mutations’, a photographic series that explores urban landscapes from Kinshasa and Brazzaville to Ostend, all from a bird’s eye perspective. Katembo is a member of art collective Yebela and his images and video creations have already been shown in renowned spaces such as Paris’ Centre Pompidou.

Until 31st January
Galerie Ravenstein
Rue Ravenstein 18 Cantersteen 7

Marlene Dumas, Brussels

Born in South Africa and based in Amsterdam, Marlene Dumas is one of the most important artists of our time, and retrospectives of her work are set for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum as well as London’s renowned Tate Modern. Get a glimpse of a very fascinating aspect of Dumas’ large oeuvre at Bozar’s ‘Nudes’ exhibition, a sensual exploration of the female body with artworks that range from Magdalens to watercolour pinups based on photos from the pages of sexy mags. Her trademark is her ability “to conjoin nerve-racking subject matter and elegant brushwork”, writes The New York Times.

Until 20th January
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23

Hugo Heyrman, Antwerp

Not only did Antwerp artist Hugo Heyrman garduate from the famous Royal Academy, he also studied nuclear physics, and his scientific leanings are evident in his art. He explores the nature of perception using painting, sculpture, video and digital art, an area in which he has proven himself somewhat of a pioneer. This exhibition will concentrate on Heyrman’s paintings, combining visual pleasure while raising the question of visual and mental filters we all use when we experience the beauty and complexity of images. Captivating.

Until 20th January
De Zwarte Panter
Hoogstraat 70-72-74 – 2000 Antwerp

Weegee, Antwerp

American Arthur Fellig a.k.a. Weegee was one of those photographers who laid the groundwork for much of today’s contempt for tabloid journalism. Aiming his lens at fires, accidents, assassinations and orgies, he had a knack for the sensational and dramatic and, according to The New York Times, “made blood and guts familar and fabulous”. With more than 100 vintage images, newspaper and film excerpts, the exhibition ‘Murder is my business’ paints a vivid picture of New York crime in the 1930s and 1940s, focussing on urban violence, street life, and the mafia – Weegee’s preferred subjects.

Until 27th January
Waalsekaai 47 – 2000 Antwerp

Katleen Vinck, Antwerp

With her installations, sculptures, photos and videos, Belgian artist Katleen Vinck examines the relationship between the natural and the build world in a playful and mysterious way. Fascinated by grottos, bunkers and all kinds of architectural constructions, she combines elements of architecture and artefacts in her creations, whose concrete function or meaning often remains a mysetery to the viewer.

Opening 10th January
Base-Alpha Gallery
Kattenberg 12 – 2140 Antwerp

Jaques Charlier, Ghent

Down through the decades, Belgian artist Jaques Charlier has explored every conceivable genre and technique and created a vast and varied oeuvre. His work questions new art trends, often satirically, and ranges from installations to texts and collages, and features discarded objects, used old picture frames, found photographs and newspaper clippings. This exhibition at Ghent’s Fortlaan gallery showcases a series of paintings, a new collection infused with a sense of humour.

Until 26th January
Galerie Fortlaan 17
Fortlaan 17 –  9000 Ghent

En avant, marche! Ghent

Kortrijk-born photographer Stephan Vanfleteren is garnering quite a reputation for his striking portraits and powerful black and white photography. “His images are melancholic and timeless”, writes German Weekly Die Zeit. His radical and sensitive work has won the World Press Photo award, as well as the prestigious Henri Nannen prize and this latest solo exhibition showcases one of Vanfleteren’s most recent projects, one that explores the world of small-town marching bands. With a combination of videos, photographs, sound and archive material, the expo paints a vivid picture of a very old tradition.

Until 15th September
Huis Van Alijn
Kraanlei 65 – 9000 Ghent

 Julia Spinola, Adriaan Veerwe, Mauro Cerqueira, Ghent

Gallery Tatjana Pieters is starting the new year with three parallel solo exhibitions: while  Spanish-based artist Julia Spinola plays around with gestures and codes, multidisciplinary Portuguese artist Cerqueira focuses on a narrative approach that puts his direct surroundings and everyday scenes in the spotlight, such as the old city district of Porto. Belgian artist Adriaan Verwée completes the trio.

Opening 13th January
Tatjana Pieters Gallery
Nieuwevaart 124 – 9000 Ghent

Dirk Eelen, Ghent

Having first started out with a rather traditional and realistic style, Leuven-born painter Dirk Eelen later took on a more minimalistic approach which was inspired by his travels to Africa and the simple shapes and colours he encountered there. His paintings draw on many events and experiences – from childhood memories to the Arab Spring – and include inspiration from such unexpected corners as Google Street View, American TV series and found photographs.

Until 27th January
Zebrastraat 32 – 9000 Ghent

Photo View, Geel

Eclectic group exhibition Photo View unites the images of a number of exceptional photographers; artists who have a knack for the surprising, and who don’t mind leaving their comfort zone. The 2012 edition features the works of the 14 photographers that wowed this year’s jury with their fascinating images, ranging from Bruno Vermeersch and Jan Geuens to Joke Floreal and Stan Wouters.

Until 27th January
CC De Werft, Werft 32

FuTure004 Cats edition, Liège

Time for the next edition of FuTure, the party that once brought music makers from Lefto and goldFFinch to Liège. This weekend features a laundry list of top names: none other than Zebra Katz, who made a lot of noise last year when designer Rick Owens used one of his tracks for his show, will be on the decks, while Swedish turntable prodigy Cashmere Cat will be making sure we all dance till dawn with a mixture of hip hop, house and UK Bass.

11th January
Les Ecuries de la Caserne
Rue Ransonnet 2 – 4020 Liège