Hip-hoppers and showstoppers.This weekend in Belgium.

Pica Pica, Brussels

Alice Gallery are hosting the PICA PICA collective’s second solo show, ‘Interiors’, an exhibition that aims to awaken your childish wonder, with photography, sculpture, and painting seamlessly blended to form a natural grace and coherence. Natives to Liège/Luik, PICA PICA, made up of Boris Margotteaux, Manuel Falcata, and Jerome Degive, were first known as ‘The ERS’ graffiti crew in 1999 before forming their new collective in 2007.

Opening 24th January
Exhibition runs until 1st March
Alice Gallery, Rue du pays de Liège 4 Land van Luikstraat – 1000 Brussels

Nancy Moreno, Brussels

De La Charge is a space for artists run by artists, with studio space, regular exhibitions and more. AIMING FOR THE BULL’S EYE, SEEING DOUBLE, which opens this weekend, is the collective’s latest offering. The expo displays the drawings, sculptures and light installations of young Brussels artist Nancy Moreno who, through her drawings, tries to get under the skin of the model to find parts of herself in it. Well worth a look.

Opening 25th January
Exhibition runs until 2nd February
De La Charge, Rue Théodore Verhaegenstraat 152 – 1060 Bruxelles

Michel Mazzoni, Brussels

Brussels’ Anyspace Gallery is exhibiting some of Belgian photographer Michel Mazzoni’s latest series under the title ‘Drift’. Mazzoni’s images are a bit out of time and out of this world, carrying the viewer into a different, futuristic universe. It’s all a little bit David Lynch-esque and his series ‘Indices’, in particular, invites your imagination to run wild. All of Mazzoni’s works play with light, an important aspect in his entire oeuvre.

Opening 26th January
Exhibition runs until 2nd March
ANYSPACE, Rue Van Eyckstraat 59 – 1050 Brussels

Sebastian Diaz Morales, Brussels

Argentinian Sebastian Diaz Morales is based in Amsterdam and represents Latin America’s younger generation of artists. He has made a name for himself with his captivating video works that have been shown in renowned spaces such as London’s Tate Modern and Paris’ Centre Pompidou. The three videos exhibited at Catherine Bastide Gallery question the viewer’s perception, play with abstraction and touch upon issues like mass media and the nature of existence.

Opening 26th January
Exhibition runs until 23rd March
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Rue Vandenbrandenstraat 1 – 1000 Brussels

Gerhard Richter Painting, Brussels

In Spring 2009, German film-maker Corinna Belz got access to the studio of one of today’s most significant artists: Gerhard Richter. The film-maker spent several weeks with the Cologne-based artist, documenting his daily work and its progress, and the result is ‘Gerhard Richter Painting’, an intimate and fascinating movie that examines the mind and inner workings of an artist. “Magnificent and evocative…as close as cinema gets to tracking the impulses and paradoxes of a gifted imagination,” writes the Village Voice.

24th January
CINEMA Galeries, Galerie de la Reine 28 Koninginnegalerij – 1000 Brussels

Sessions Urbaines #5, Brussels

Concerts by exciting, homegrown up-and-comers Nina Miskina, Convok and Djubay are part of the programme for this 5th edition of Sessions Urbaines. The four-day festival not only offers a selection of hip-hop gigs, but also a guided street art tour through the city and a rap contest that shines a light on French-speaking Belgium’s best MCs.

24th, 26th, 31st January and 2nd February
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels

Sound & Vision: Let Fury Have The Hour, Ghent


KASK Cinema, an initiative by the renowned Ghent/Gand art school, is screening a Belgian first this weekend: Antonio D’Ambrosio’s Let Fury Have The Hour, a reference to The Clash’s Clampdown, is a fascinating portrait of a generation of artists who refused to accept the status quo. Featuring Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, MC5 and many more, it’s a film that  “takes the audience on a journey, one that guarantees to change us and the way we view the world around us,” writes The Huffington Post.

24th January
KASK Cinema, Bijloke site, Godshuizenlaan 4 – 9000 Ghent

David Bazan, Liège/Luik

Belgian music collective Jaune Orange are kicking off the year with a gig featuring headliner David Bazan, former frontman of US band Pedro The Lion. The musician from Seattle, solo since 2006, will be flogging his “folksy sound with creamy keyboards, processed drum beats and the occasional spritz of glam-rock guitar”, according to the LA Times, alongside two Belgian newcomers, Marco Z and TSU.

24th January
l’An Vert, Rue Mathieu Polain – 4020 Liège

Mykki Blanco, Liège/Luik and Brussels

Mykki Blanco, featured on these very pages by Disconaivete, celebrated a breakthrough last year with his hit ‘Wavvy’, and now you can catch him live on stage in Liège/Luik, as well as a date at Brussels’ Mr. Wong later the same night. A well-known face on NYC’s thriving gay rap scene (read more about it here at Pitchfork), Blanco likes to dress up as a woman and his concerts, according to Vogue, are quite an experience: “Seeing Blanco perform leaves one feeling mesmerised, as though they’ve been introduced to something unbelievably out-of-this-world, while his bravado evokes a mysterious, intriguing sense of optimism.” Don’t miss it.

25th January
Studio 22, Rue Saint-Hubert – 4000 Liège