Bollyfood and art bonanza. This weekend in Belgium.

An exhibition curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, Brussels

Jay Heikes, Fields, 2011. Courtesy: Federica Schiavo Gallery

Xavier Hufkens, one of the country’s most reputed galleries, is kicking off a group exhibition tonight that features eight US-based artists, from Tommy Hartung and Alfred Leslie to Brie Ruais and Sarah Lucas. Curated by none other than Clarissa Dalrymple, independent New York curator who The New York Times has described as having “an almost psychic ability to pinpoint who and what in art will matter next“, this exhibition is one not to be missed.

Opening 17th January
Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Rue Saint-Georges 6-8 Sint-Jorisstraat – 1050 Brussels

Barbara Pereyra & Filip Van Dingenen, Brussels

Filip Van Dingenen is a Belgian artist who creates mainly videos and installations, while Barbara Pereyra, originally from Buenos Aires, is a dancer. The pair have teamed up to make ‘Mira. Mar Y Otros’, a film that explores travel destinations as theatre stages, as well as their artistic endeavours on their travels in the remote areas in Argentina.

Opening 18th January
Artists Club Coffre Fort, Rue du Houblon 63 Hopstraat – 1000 Brussels

Boris Thiébaut, Brussels

Belgian artist Boris Thiebaut is artist in residence at Brussels’ MAAC, where he’s now showing off some of his latest work, the large-scale stencil drawings he’s becoming known for. But this time, there’s a special twist: the stencil, glued to the floor, will only be taken off the day after the opening, revealing the dirt from visitors’ footsteps, creating an organic whole with the drawing inspired by manierist Hendrick Goltzius. Plus, there’ll also be a sound performance at the opening.

Opening 18th January
MAAC, Rue des Chartreux 26 Kartuizersstraat – 1000 Brussels

Elaine Cameron-Weir & Sam Moyer

Using things like crumpled textile sheets treated with ink and bleach and stretched out with wood panels, Brooklyn artist Sam Moyer creates artworks that “oscillate astutely between the sublime and the decorative”, according to the New York Times. Her creations are highly poetic, referencing the aesthetics of photography and landscape features like the sky, sea and the horizon, while always pushing the boundaries and possibilities of abstraction. Moyer’s works are joined by installations and sculptures by young Canadian artist Elaine Cameron-Weir.

Opening 18th January
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Rue de Livourne 35 Livornostraat – 1050 Brussels

Private Investigations, Brussels

‘Private Investigations: A focus on intimate odysseys’, opening Friday, focusses on ‘authenticity, recycling and second-hand beauty’ and features a mixed bag of installations, live performances, screenings, music and even an air guitar competition. Check out Pieterjan Ginckels’s Human Disco Bong, constructed from 120 horse helmets and reflective mirror, Peter Lenaerts’ work-in-progress, an installation based around his audiovisual project in the Australian desert, and Els Viaene‘s presentation of her exploration of the Amazon rainforest via a wooden sculpture and Sat Nav.

From 18th to 22nd February
Beursschouwburg, Rue Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28 – 1000 Brussels

Constant Permeke, Brussels

Constant Permeke is one of Belgium’s most renowned artistic figures and a major representative of Flemish expressionism – or expressive realism, as the artist himself puts it. 60 years after Permeke’s death, Bozar is hosting an extensive retrospective dedicated to his oeuvre, the first since a 2004 show in The Hague. It includes a selection of 130 of his paintings, drawings and sculptures depicting fisherman, peasants, female nudes and landscapes that all speak of his strong empathy for the hard lives of the working people and their bond with nature.

Until 20th January
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Bollyfood,  Brussels

Brussels’ trendy Bar Du Matin is inviting us all for the very first ‘Bollyfood night’ this weekend, an original, monthly concept night that combines food, music and art. The first edition features the film ‘Himself he cooks’ by Valerie Berteau and Philippe Witjes, an artistic performance, a delicious dinner and a DJ set for dessert. Bon appetit!

19th January
Bar Du Matin, Chaussée d’Alsemberg 172 Alsembergse Steenweg – 1190 Brussels

Michel Auder, Antwerp

French photographer and video artist Michel Auder, who lives and works in Brooklyn, has been obsessively documenting his life and surroundings through a lens, creating thousands of hours of video. Art in America describes his work as located “somewhere between the autobiographical and the voyeuristic“, often featuring major figures of the New York art scene, like Andy Warhol’s entourage in the 70s. This exhibition shows a series of typically personal images taken with Auder’s phone in 2012 as well as some new video work.

Opening 18th January
Office Baroque Gallery, Lange Kievitstraat 48 – 2018 Antwerpen

Veerle Frissen, Maasmechelen

You’re likely to have come across some of Veerle Frissen’s work in The Word Magazine, for which she has become a regular contributor over the years. This exhibition at CC Maasmechelen gives an overview over Veerle’s personal work to date, focussing particularly on her series ‘Reculer pour Mieux Sauter’ on the joy of creativity, boundless play and imagination. Though they touch upon many different themes, most of Veerle’s images incorporate her signature eerie, mysterious and fairy-tale-like style. Definitely worth a look.

Opening 20th January
CC Maasmechelen, Koninginnelaan 42 – 3630 Maasmechelen