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In our second studio visit of the month, we drop in on Belgian painter Tom Liekens, who let us into his Antwerp studio for an exclusive peak around.
Brussels photographer Anne De Gelas’ faint and fragile world
In the third instalment of our series on artist portfolios, we feature the intimate and fragile work of Brussels-based photographer Anne De Gelas.
An interview with Belgian painting prodigy Rinus Van de Velde
We sit down with Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde to talk about his working process, living in a fake reality and why the world doesn’t really need art.
Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen’s interiors
We continue our series of portfolio presentations with Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen.
Art, vintage markets and a night at the museums. This weekend in Belgium
Four exhibitions, a garden concert, a vintage market, a house night and a music festival. Your agenda-fillers for the weekend.
Inside the studio of Belgian painting royalty Sam Dillemans
We continue this month's art special by dropping in on Belgian painter Sam Dillemans in his studio.
A look at Belgium’s painting rising star Rinus Van de Velde’s latest work
With the month of August gearing up to be an art-infested one here at The Word, we begin with a portfolio presentation of one of Belgium's most promising up-and-comers, Rinus Van de Velde
Street art, vintage fashion and a canal-side party. This weekend in Belgium
Shake off the office and get into Brussels' much loved Catclub this weekend, then get shopping at Vide Dressing au Garage before heading to Ostend's Storm Thorgerson album art fetish fest and Kosmorigins street art expo. A balmy Belgian weekend awaits.
The weekend in London 26.07
Let the games begin! The Historical Box and Bruce Lacy mix it up with The White Album and Teengirl Fantasy this weekend under the sun in London.
The weekend in Belgium 19.07
We haven't been this impressed by Belgium's weekend lineup since, well, ages. Cinematek's road movie marathon and Antwerp's photography nights wandering expo, rounded off by Power Festival in La Louvière and new art in Ghent.
The weekend in London 19.07
With Shoreditch Festival, Mexican electronic scenesters and expos by Grayson Perry and Jo Spence, London will be scaling the heights of awesomeness this weekend, rain and all.
The weekend in Belgium 12.07
Your Belgian weekend's all music with Dour Festival and 10 Days Off for those of you who like it electronic. Brussels, meanwhile, is putting on a music flea market and a big night out in the Marolles with Manu Chao while Ghent hosts art by Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo.
The weekend in London 12.07
Rich pickings in London's weekend lineup like John Currin and Whitechapel Gallery, with a soundtrack kindly provided by Adrian Sherwood and Hard Rock Calling.
The weekend in Belgium 05.07
It's shaping up to be a saucy weekend in Belgium and here at the office we're particularly hyped about Ghent Jazz, Cactus festival, Les Ardentes and afterwork vintage shopping down at the Centre of Fashion and Design.
The weekend in London 05.07
If you only do four things this weekend... don't miss Irving Penn, an epic lineup at Bloc Weekend, Techno in My Fridge and Edvard Munch at the Tate.
Photographers…and everyone around them
Photographers need a whole team of specialists behind them, from framers and printers to airbrushers. In a bid to shine a light on those professions essential to the photographic process, we profile four of these artisans.
The weekend in Belgium 28.06
This weekend stars a hefty host of exhibitions in Belgium, including In Sight, H Urban and Ghent's Kask school end-of-year, as well as the summer-induced madness that is the start of the July sales, including a big one at everyone's favourite design shop, La Fabrika.
A stamp of approval
We asked six established Belgian photographers from Dirk Braeckman to Serge Leblon to nominate one emerging talent. There’s nothing like getting anointed by those that paved the way for you.
Man vs. machine
Saturo Toma, Michel Mazzoni and Frederik Heyman talk about their weapons of choice: We profile three Belgian photographers' cameras.
The best new photography series
Four young Belgian photographers who have captured our attention and imaginations: Quentin de Wispelaere, Sarah Carlier, Lara Mennes and Vincent Delbrouck.
The weekend in Belgium 21.06
With nine sumptuous exhibitions - from Sol LeWitt to Jeff Ladouceur - plus a concert by Californian five-piece Thee Oh Sees and the latest installment of Catclub, there'll be no time for gardening or DIY this weekend. You might as well face it.
The weekend in London 21.06
Jack White goes solo, Eva Rothschild gets involved with school boys, Stephen Willats continues to deconstruct the role of art and The Mutant Disco crew throws a party with Bill Patrick. This is your London weekend.
Bozar’s summer of photography
Bozar’s bi-annual platform for international photography kicked off last week, uniting over 30 museums and other cultural organisations in a two month-long programme. We selected four shows to be pencilled into your agendas.
The best graffiti writers in Belgium
We hunted down six legendary Belgian graffiti writers, each with their own speciality, and got them talking about their nighttime obsessions.
The weekend in Belgium 07.06
This weekend you'll find us knee-deep in fashion with both Brussels' La Cambre and Antwerp's famous fashion academy putting on their annual catwalk bash, plus expos and shows up and down the country.
The weekend in London 07.06
Far from worn out by last weekend's royal revelry, London's weekend features dates with the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, Edgar Martins, a Krankbrother street bash and the London Green Fair.
The weekend in Belgium 31.05
Join us at the Bozar shop on Friday for the launch of our grey album, but feel free to tuck into any of the other worthy happenings in Belgium this weekend, like Paul Wackers, Kelley Walker, El Anatsui expos, plus Rankin's Rubbish and more.
The weekend in Belgium 24.05
Lots of reasons to get hyped about this Belgian weekend, with a mega-list of must-haves that includes the Lizzies, White Denim, a photography exhibition at Hunting and Collecting and much much more.
The weekend in London 24.05
The coolest places to be in London this weekend, boys and girls: Camden Arts for Zoe Leonard's camera obscura, the Welcome Collection's brain food, a Rough Trade in-house gig and a pre-Novi Sad, pre-Exit party.
The weekend in Belgium 17.05
We're all set for another long bank holiday weekend and this one's filled to the absolute max with exhibitions from Anne De Gelas, Wangechi Mutu, Frederik Heyman and others, plus concerts by skinny redhead King Krule and Bass Drums of Death.
The weekend in London 17.05
Picasso is joined by The XX, Krush and nocturnal trips to London's museums on the city's list of to-do's this weekend. Yes, that's right. Picasso.
Kelly De Block
Having first profiled her work for our talent section, we got back in touch with up-and-coming photographer Kelly De Block to talk about her latest series, ‘Appearing/disappearing’.
The biting flames of a fire often conjure images of a nightmarish hell-threatening, destructive and deadly. But fire can also be celebratory, life-affirming and cosy (you know, the snap-crackle-and-pop type of cosiness). Here, we explore both sides of the coin
Art Brussels with Aeroplastics gallery
Brussels-based gallery Aeroplastics continues our series of throwaway projects today. Kitted out with their very own plastic snap box for Art Brussels, here's their staff's behind-the-scenes diary at Belgium's biggest art fair.
The weekend in Belgium 26.04
The weekend is set to be a good one for music lovers with the country's concert halls graced by the likes of The Lemonheads, The Beatnuts, Dandy Warhols and Wallace Vanborn. Plus there's an art book market in Ghent and exhibitions by Ian Wilson, Will Rogan, Stef Renodeyn and Lisa Carletta.
The weekend in London 26.04
London dwellers can treat themselves to a weekend of Weighted Words, an LA-band Big Sir gig and a party at the Nest. And Gillian Wearing's highly personal expo should also blip your radar.
Art Brussels with Bodson-Emelinckx gallery
As part of our Art Brussels coverage, we've craftily equipped three Belgian galleries with nifty little throwaway cameras for a behind the scenes gander at the country's biggest art fair. Today: Brussels-based Bodson-Emelinckx.
In the very last installment of our interview series with Belgian gallery owners, we have a chat with Brussels-based Xavier Hufkens about this year's Art Brussels gig and art fairs in general.
The weekend in Belgium 19.04
Here's our pick of somethings for your Belgian weekend, lovingly laid out with Art Brussels sitting pretty at the top of the pile with expos by Roe Ethridge and Felicia Atkinson, 40 murals by Invader, and some art fair side-shows.
The weekend in London 19.04
London goes to town again this weekend with some well-worth-a-look expos by Mondrian, Erica Baum, Sara MacKillop, everyone's fave celeb artist Damien Hirst and a nose around 50 years of British Design.
Art is in the air in Brussels today as the city's big art bash kicks off. We had a sit down with gallery owner Rodolphe Janssen to speak about his show at the prestigious Art Brussels fair and his job as juror.
Tim Van Laere
This weekend sees Belgium's art event of the year roll into Brussels, and we've sat down to get the view from gallery owner Tim Van Laere on his upcoming show at Art Brussels.
In the second part of our ongoing interview series with Belgian gallery owners, we speak to Baronian Francey founder Albert Baronian about his plans for Art Brussels.
We kick off a week of Art Brussels coverage with an interview with Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt, the creative geniuses behind Brussels' Alice Gallery.
Stéphane Erouane Dumas at La Verrière Hermès
We sit down for an exclusive interview with French artist Stéphane Erouane Dumas as he prepares to unveil his latest installation at La Verrière Hermès on April 20.
The weekend in Belgium 12.04
Highlights of Belgium's packed agenda this weekend include an expo that guesses at 2040, AB's Kraftwerk fetish, as well as a show by Dean Treacy, fashion and photos in Antwerp and Democrazy's birthday do.
The weekend in London 12.04
London is loaded this weekend with an eerie doll sculpture expo by Wendy Mayer and sixties throwback Responsive Eyes, all washed down with some punk at New Cross Inn and some Magna Carta clubbing...
The best architectural renaissances in Ghent
In the second part of our series on repurposed old spaces and buildings, up-and-comer Adriaan Hauwaert takes a look at Ghent's Huis van Alijn and the Nucleo project.
The best architectural renaissances in Antwerp
In the first part of our series on old spaces that have been granted new life, we turn our attention to Antwerp's Kammenstraat church, now a concert hall and a railway depot-turned-city park.
Jean-Luc Moerman wraps up ING’s Brussels headquarters
Money meets art in the form of Belgium's most humongous tarpaulin to hide the battle scars of ING's large-scale HQ facelift, a colour infused second skin by artist Jean-Luc Moerman.
The weekend in Belgium 05.04
The orange album's mother-of-all-parties might be behind us, but never fear. This weekend's got a new wave fest, second hand shopping and a bunch of expos, from Gert & Uwe Tobias, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Erica Svec and Zachary Wollard.
The weekend in London 05.04
Using the long Easter weekend for a getaway trip to London? With exhibitions exploring body adornments and the street art of Spanish artist Pez, Clark's album launch party and the Superfreq night you'll have a lot to discover.
With a gallery by Thomas Nolf, we polish off our series on young and talented Belgium-based photographers who've been letting us in on their own interpretations of the 'new beginnings' thing.
Time again for our exclusive series on young promising photography talents. Part three spotlights French-born Brussels-based Margaux Carron whose inspiration for 'new beginnings' led her to reflect on adolescence...
It's the second installment of our photography series on the theme of new beginnings, and we're showcasing some springtime snap-happiness from rising Belgian talent Jef Claes.
The weekend in Belgium 29.03
This weekend, everyone's off to The Word's orange album release party. Oh, and there's also exhibitions of Charley Case, Joel Morrison, Andres Serrano, Lara Gasparotto and Ford Madox Brown, plus parties at Brussels' Catclub and a Helmet gig. It's going to be a busy one.
The weekend in London 29.03
London's calling with exhibitions from Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake and Japanese artist Kasuma, plus a gig by London-based band Guillemots and an absolutely unmissable drum n bass do at Fabric.
Iris van Herpen retrospective at the Groninger Museum
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen's retrospective opened at the Groninger Museum last Friday and we were there to witness the magic.
The weekend in Belgium 22.03
From Jeffrey Clancy's metallica to Kubrick's lonely cities, and all the Gustavo Riegos, Kirsten Pieroths, Koen Vanmechelens in between, throw in an average temperature of 17° and some cold, fizzy Jupe and you're set for a killer weekend in Belgium.
The weekend in Belgium 15.03
What does your future hold? A workspace-cum-gallery in St. Gilles, a darkly colourful show by Nicolas Van Kerckhove, plus expos at ALICE, Artiscope and Salvo and everything in between. Oh, and Madball play hard ball in Antwerp.
The International Biennal of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège
The 8th edition of Liège/Luik's BIP kicked off on Saturday and our contributor Damien Aresta was given an exclusive preview.
The weekend in London 15.03
Getty's east-enders and some Ordnance Surveying by Jo Syz provides your photography fix in facking Landan this weekend, while Needwant and Breakestra are there to tick all your house and funk boxes.
The weekend in Belgium 08.03
Another busy weekend for all you people out there: there's Liège's photography biennal, exhibitions by JessicaYatrofsky, Muller Van Severen, Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille, plus a party thrown in your honour by Belgian label On-point and a concert in Magasin 4.
The weekend in London 08.03
Exhibitions by Rob O'Brien and Poland's Olek, gigs by upcoming bands Leika, The Isis and The White Lions and last but not least: a typical London-style warehouse party whose location is still top secret. All will be revealed.
You wait and you wait for a book by Christian Aschman and then two come all at once... the photographer sits down with the Word and opens up about opening up.
The weekend in Belgium 01.03
After a week off and with 4 exhibitions, 3 concerts & a night at Brussels' museums, our selection of weekend happenings is back on track.
The weekend 16.02
The weekend kicks off tonight with Michel Mazzoni's book launch, a vernissage for Betty Tompkins' iconic Fuck Paintings and the arrival in the capital of quirky band Beatallica.
We have a sit down with French artist Pierre Besson whose works are currently on show at Brussels' Joye Gallery. We talk about technologic excess, the beauty of everyday things and Brian Eno's minimalist appeal.
The love movement
A few weeks ago we asked our readers to send us a photograph which, to them, illustrated the word 'love'. Here are the 13 photographs that made the cut.
Projet Digilence’s Emilie and Valentin
Emilie Pischedda and Valentin Souquet are a duo in lots of ways: they are artists, lovers, parents and founders of Brussels-based art production hub Project Digilence.
The weekend 09.02
Exhibitions of Cy Twombly, Chantal Akerman and Naoto Kawahara, Azari & III and Jedi Mind Tricks in concert, plus a London getaway special revealing the must-sees on the island this weekend.
By telling the story of the aunt and cousin of Jackie 'O' Kennedy, 1976 documentary Grey Gardens shows the face of the American aristocracy fallen from grace.
SteytPeña’s Luis and Laurence
Luis Peña and Laurence Steyt met while assisting the same photographer in Paris back in 2004. These days, they're busy with their venture, SteytPeña, and their very own Brussels studio.
Photographer Kelly De Block
In our continued bid to shine a light on rising Belgian talent, we speak with recently-graduated fashion photographer Kelly De Block about collages, contrasts and connecting with people.
Felicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson
In the fourth part of our series on illuminating couple-collaborators, we introduce multi-talents Felicia and Bartholomé whose pooled resources include books and records.
The weekend 03.02
It's a balmy minus 8° out there, but these weekend shindigs should warm you up: ProPulse Festival, Catclub and a Pierre Besson expo in Brussels, vintage shopping and a metal gig in Antwerp, and electronic music in Ghent. Have an outrageous weekend.
Illustrator Joost Stokhof
We continue our series on emerging talent with an interview with Utretcht-based illustrator Joost Stockhof
Memymom’s Lisa and Marilène
Part II of our fascination-feature on outstanding Belgian two-pieces. Drumroll please for Memymom, a photography venture concocted by mother and daughter duo Marilène and Lisa.
Face to Face’s Delphine and Flore
On a total love buzz, we've begun harvesting some of February's Valentine spirit. We've decided to while away the month by introducing you to some inseparable Belgian two-pieces. Some are musicians. Others photographers. The odd DJ-duo, even. We kick off our series with Brussels-based graphic design team Face to Face.
In Sickness and In Health
In this unconventional family portrait, photographer Colin Gray offers you the ability to gaze into the spheres of a dying woman.
The weekend 26.01
This weekend has exhibitions of Don Brown, Wouter Feyaerts and Daan van Golden in store. Plus: Get your hands on a contemporary art piece without getting your wallet out at Bozar and take in your dose of music at Transardentes or the Gym Class Heroes concert.
With his exhibition at Bodson Emelinckx Gallery having just opened, we sit down with Brussels-based cut-up artist Christopher Coppers to talk about his biggest show to date, the state of TV and Belgian politicians singing the wrong national anthem.
The weekend 19.01
Christopher Coppers' exhibition opening in Brussels tonight, the incomparable Chilly Gonzales on Sunday night and a couple of design (Tomas Alonso at Victor Hunt), photography (Ben Murphy at Stieglitz 19 and Swedish photography at Zebrastraat) and art (Nikolay Oleynikov at Komplot) shows in between.
The weekend 12.01
With exhibitions by American artist Shirley Jaffe, Belgian Fauvist Ferdinand Schirren and fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, as well as shows on the Brazilian design scene and the best album artworks of 2011, the start of the year sure is high on culture.
Fifteen questions to Pablo Piatti
We sit down with fashion illustrator Pablo Piatti in Antwerp to discuss his craft, drawing faces and viewing illustration as a complement to photography.
From teapots to toothpaste, these are the items that inspired us for our white album.
The weekend 15.12
Three exhibitions, a Black Lips concert and a DJ set in Brussels, photography in Antwerp, painting in Ghent, popular culture in Leuven and, last but not least, a quick-shot selection of leftfield Christmas markets to catch this weekend.
Hans Op de Beeck’s stark realities
Although many artists describe themselves as ’multi media artists’, few deserve the tag as much as Brussels-based Hans Op de Beeck.
The weekend 09.12
Weekend's about to kick off and we have just what you need in terms of culture-fix: Three exhibitions and a party in Brussels, three shows in Antwerp and one in Ghent.
The shelf: Shedding light
Chinese living, the most dangerous city in America, the disappearance of landmarks in Colorado, colour-coded foreplay and a personal history of the household. Five fine art and photography books that'll see you through the winter months.
Facing the blank canvas: Rinus Van de Velde
In the third instalment of our series discussing the challenges for artists in facing a blank canvas, we speak with Belgian artist Rinus Van De Velde, who currently is exhibiting in Berlin.
The weekend 01.12
Lineart Art Fair and Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler in Ghent, Belgian photography and discount designer shopping in Antwerp, Jasper Johns in the countryside and, last but not least, Robert Devriendt and a temporary design store in Brussels.
Facing the blank canvas: Manor Grunewald
Five emerging Belgian artists talk to us about what it feels like to stare a blank canvas in the eye. First up, Ghent-based painter Manor Grunewald (26), featured on our white album's cover.
The weekend 25.11
Suuns tonight. Then our white album release party and The Herbaliser at Bozar tomorrow night. A couple of shows (Harry Gruyaert, Boris Tellegen and Valerie Snobeck) and a party (the Catclub) on Saturday. Then, energy-levels permitting, a pop-up sale at Bozarshop (Martin Margiela). Phew.
Into the light
A light-sensitive series of juxtaposed animated gifs that has the entire office finding itself a new-found love for the digitally-bettered arts.
The weekend 11.11
A camera phone photography exhibition in Ghent, a Paul Smith exhibition in Antwerp, a fashion show of second-hand creations, a gay-cinema festival, I Love Techno in Ghent and a rap concert in Brussels.
The weekend 04.11
An exhibition of Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, Is Tropical and Gablé in concert, a night packed with music and art at Plastic, Walter Salles' award-winning movies and last but not least a jazz evening to bring a busy weekend to an end. A mouth full.
The weekend 07.10
With exhibitions of photographers Dirk Braeckmann and Florian Maier-Aichen, tea time at Paul Smith, a Crystal Antlers gig at L'Ancienne Belgique and the Catclub's season opening party, this weekend promises to be high in emotions.
The weekend 30.9
Short on plans for this weekend? Sift through our hand-picked selection of film and art festivals, exciting exhibitions and booming all nighters to keep you busy.
The interview: Magne Furuholmen
We speak with 80s pop icon and a-ha founding member Magne Furuholmen about his work as a visual artist and eco-activist.
Closing our blue chapter
Up and coming Antwerp-based photographer Joke De Wilde, a former intern of ours, delivers a mesmerising blue-lined series of eight portraits, bringing our blue album chapter to a close.
The weekend 16.9
From design city strolls and exhibitions to not-to-miss parties and concerts: Here comes our handpicked list of what to do over the weekend.
The weekend 09.9
In a new weekly selection of things to do in Belgium over the weekend, we handpick and review everything from exhibitions and festivals to new shop openings and parties.
The shelf: Pictures speak louder than words
Discover the photography of Wim Wenders, Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson or learn about the global rise of denim: Take a look at our newest selection of books we would like to see on your shelves, illustration-focused but more than just to be displayed on your coffee-table.
Kenneth Anger’s wet dream
His fans include Jean Cocteau, Tennesse Williams or even Martin Scorsese. American avantgarde director Kenneth Anger (84) is without a doubt the underground cinematic icon to a generation of filmmakers, best know for the homoerotic aspect of his films at a time when displaying love between men on the big screen was still a big no-no.
Rise and shine: Photographer Julie Calbert
The photography of young, up-and-coming Brussels-based photographer Julie Calbert (25) are marked by their mystification of the ordinary. Dive into the haunting, dreamlike world of this promising artist on the rise.
Gone in 12 hours: Art Asylum
There’s something about spontaneous, one-off initiatives that gets our clocks ticking. You see, we’re firm believers in ‘mix-and-we’ll-see’ creative collisions, preferring the unknown to the predictable, the loose-ended to the pre-defined. So it was with much trepidation (and, granted, a raised eyebrow or two) that we stepped into Art Asylum, a 12-hour-only, 20-man-strong get together […]
Culture: The reading retreat
With summer approaching and plans for much-needed rejuvenating escapes slowly taking shape, we wanted to imagine what our retreats would resemble. This year, we’re feeling something entirely removed from civilisation. A pared-down hut lost in the middle of the Amazonian jungle with only but the bare necessities on hand: a typewriter and reading material. Photographer […]
It takes a lot of beans to make a Chilly
With more facets to his talent than a chameleon on shuffle mode, Chilly Gonzales is a hard man to pin down. His new album, The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, just out, we caught up with the Canadian-born virtuoso in his Paris apartment to talk bathrobe fetishes, wannabe industry poseurs and paying for you own Guinness World […]
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