The exhibitions to go to:

Rinus van de Velde: The art of storytelling

Hailed as one of the most promising young artists in Belgium, Rinus Van de Velde’s charcoal drawings accompanied by witty texts relating to separate moments in his semi-fictional biography have caught the eye of the international art intelligentsia around the globe. His most recent exhibition will see him present a new series of drawings that circle around the theme of the artist studio. These drawings will tell stories that are to a certain extent autonomous and can be read individually from each other, leaving it up to the viewer to be directly challenged to imagine the larger story Van de Velde is aiming to share.

Until 22nd October

TIM VAN LAERE GALLERY, Verlatstraat 23-25 – 2000 Antwerp

Die Essenz der Dinge: design and the art of reduction

The question of sustainability has never been as relevant, be it in fashion, food or design, as it is today. The Design Museum’s current show examines the kind of design that illustrates the “art of reduction” – cutting back on materials and going for products with a longer life expectancy. The exhibition aims to provide the explanation behind the rational design logic in aspects such as the production process, spatial limitations or aesthetic trends, setting design icons ranging from le Corbusier to Eero Saarinen against similar figures from the worlds of fashion, food design and art.

Until 16th October

DESIGN MUSEUM GHENT, Jan Breydelstraat 5 – 9000 Ghent

The festival to catch: TodaysArt.BE 2011

Photography courtesy of TodaysArt

After having established itself over the last six years as one of the most exciting festivals in the Netherlands, TodaysArt set its sights on the capital. Its unique mixture of contemporary visual and performing arts including a wealth of concerts, exhibitions, workshops or installations in public spaces can be discovered throughout the city from 29th September to 1st October. See here for a detailed programme and here for a map with all festival locations.

TodaysArt Festival Brussels

From 29th September to 1st October

The night out: Nuit Blanche

Photography by Benjamin Brolet

An initiative of TodaysArt.BE Festival 2011, the Nuit Blanche is an all-nighter which blends national and international music acts together with audiovisual art. One ticket will get you entry to seven parties in seven different locations, ranging in genres from Minimal Techno and Drum&Bass to Folk and Swing. Check here for an overview.

Nuit Blanche Parties

1st October, 23h00 – 06h00

The movies to watch: Elles tournent

Photography courtesy of Elles tournent

Offering a platform to female directors, the film festival ‘Elles tournent’ will put 39 movies on the big screen, including 19 motion pictures and 20 short films. With a special focus on the Netherlands and Taiwan, the 4-day-programme takes into account established directors as well as rising talents from all around the globe. See here for the full schedule.

From 29th September to 2nd October

BOTANIQUE, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1210 Brussels