Untitled! at Trix and birthday candles for Caillou Bleu. This weekend in Belgium.

Philippe Van Wolputte, Brussels

Abandoned and deteriorated, lost and forgotton places – these are the subjects of Philippe Van Wolputte‘s art. The Antwerp-based artist tries to break open these hidden treasures, from tunnels that lead to old military buildings and underground homeless shelters. In the exhibition ‘Inside, outside, downside’ Van Wolputte explores these forlorn-looking sites with photography and, for the very first time, through sculpture. “I’m not into realistic reconstitution; I’m more into a naïve emulation of the reality”, says the artist.

Opening 25th October
Elaine Levy Project, rue Fourmoisstraat 9 – 1050 Bruxelles

Roni Horn, Brussels

American artist Roni Horn goes back and forth between her hometown New York and her beloved Reykjavik, where she has been producing sculptures, drawings, photographs, installations and books for almost four decades now. Her artworks have shown up in such celebrated art hotspots as the Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in a major exhibition that was highly praised by the New York Times. Brussels’ Xavier Hufkens Gallery is now hosting a show dedicated solely to her pigment drawings, something that the artist describes as her core activity. Horn’s works explore the limitations of their medium, playing with the materiality of colour and the sculptural potential of drawing.

Opening 25th October
Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Rue Saint-Georges 6-8 Sint-Jorisstraat – 1050 Brussels

Bat Sheva Ross, Brussels

Born in Israel, Bat Sheva Ross, a graduate of both Jerusalem’s Belazel and the Rotterdam Academy of Art, is based between Brussels and Tel Aviv. With ‘Telling A Mind Stop Being A Mind’ the curator collective Komplot is displaying a selection of older as well as some more recent works by the artist in what is a fascinating exploration of meditation and spirituality.

Opening 26th October
Komplot, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 295 – 1190 Brussels

10 years Caillou Bleu, Brussels

Belgian publisher Caillou Bleu is celebrating the first decade of its existence, which is quite an accomplishment for a small publishing house in this day and age. To mark the occasion, photography gallery Contretype is putting on an exhibition of images published in Caillou Bleu books down through the years. There’s also the launch of the so-called W project, an initiative that aims to root out new and innovative solutions for the ever-increasing demand for publication by photographers. Featured artists include upcoming photographer Julie Scheurweghs who was recently interviewed on these pages, as well as Laëtitia Jeurissens and Pierre Liebaert.

Until 10th November 
Contretype Gallery, Avenue de la Jonction 1 Verbindingslaan – 1060 Brussels

Tomasz Kowalski, Antwerp

Tomasz Kowalski, one of Poland’s ‘new surrealists’ according to the New York Times, creates fairy-tale like paintings, drawings and collages reminiscent of German expressionists like Otto Dix and George Grosz. This solo show at Antwerp’s Tim Van Laere is exhibiting brand new pieces from 2012, a collection that comes across as a sort of a personal diary of a paranoid mind. Intriguing.

Opening 25th October
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23-25 – 2000 Antwerp

The fourth dimension, Antwerp

The image above shows Greek artist Panayotis Vassilakis aka Takis installing one of his Magnetic Walls in Antwerp’s Axel Veervordt Gallery, one of many pieces in which he investigates the phenomenon of magnetism in an artistic way. For him, science and art are closely related, a poetic vision that tries to make invisible energies palpable, forcing the viewer to directly engage with them. Takis, who divides his time between Paris and Athens and has been practicing art for more than 50 years, has participated several times in Kassel’s Documenta and been exhibited in places like Paris’ Centre Pompidou.

Opening 25th October
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Oude Koornmarkt 16 – 2000 Antwerp

Untitled!, Antwerp

After setting the stages at this summer’s Dour and Tomorrowland festivals, bass and dubstep music bash Untitled! is heating up Antwerp’s Trix this weekend. An eclectic line-up includes everyone from Pinch, labeled ‘the Bristol dubstep kingpin’ by The Guardian, to Joker, BrownzGoth Trad and DC Breaks, for an evening of what the organisers boast will be the music of the future.

26th October
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp