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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.
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.
The interview: Dirk Braeckman
Following the opening of his most extensive retrospective to date in Leuven's M Museum, we meet Dirk Braeckman, arguably Belgium's most prominent photographer, to talk analogue photography, eliminating colour and working against photography as a medium. Includes our visual review of the exhibition in the image gallery at the bottom of the page.
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 28.10
With most of the country gearing up for a four-day weekend, the cultural calendar is full of things to do. Here, we highlight a festival, a concert, a two-night party, an urban retail trail and two exhibitions which we very much hope will be to your liking.
The weekend 21.10
Berlin's electro legend Apparat is coming to Brussels as well as the Californian quirky three-piece Why? and Bepotel throws its release party - it's going to be a busy weekend for music lovers. For all others there is Bob Verschueren's quite original exhibition of vegetal artworks in the Botanique or the so-called Micromarché, an indoor art and fashion market showcasing Belgium's young talents.
The weekend 14.10
Exhibition? Check. Live concert? Check. Second hand fashion show? Check. Party? Check. Have a nice and sunny weekend...
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 weekend 23.9
Our selection of things to do this weekend includes everything from design exhibitions and open door walks to cinematic retrospectives and art shows.
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.
Studio show: Matthew Crasner and Christine Philipp
Galleries and museums are all fine, but they can sometimes be rather bland and impersonal affairs. You know, white walls, empty spaces and an overall sense of detachment from the actual art on show. That’s why we like studio shows so much. They immerse you in the artist’s world, draw you in and impregnate you […]
Exhibition: Paper perfect
In its second edition this year, the Brussels Drawing Fair – which opens its doors next Thursday 28th April at the city’s White Hotel – has somewhat come-of-age, with its program now open to photography too and an extra day added to the weekend-long festivities. The perfect place to sharpen your eye, beef up your pencilled […]
In progress: Paul McCarthy’s solo show at Brussels’ Charles Riva Collection
With only a week to go before the opening of Charles Riva Collection’s solo show of American provocative prankster Paul McCarthy, we dropped by the loft-like gallery to get a preview of the show’s preparations. Amongst the boxes, bubble wrap and brown tape, the first signs of a show slowly begin to appear: McCarthy’s “Silver […]
Exhibition: You are here!
Tomorrow will see the opening of You Are Here!, and exhibition that gathers contemporary artists whose works explore the notion of territory and is part of the Brussels Art Fair’s side program. The ideas of maps, trails, space, borders, landscapes and explorations are evoked through photographs, videos, drawings, paintings or sculptures by artists Caspar, Katie Holten, Dan Graham, […]
Art: The snake farmer
Any artist’s main goal and driving force is creation. Creating life could be deemed the ultimate achievement. Sébastien Rien, a 27- year-old multidisciplinary artist who has been fascinated by reptiles and marine creatures for as long as he can remember, found a way to regroup his passion with his work as an artist. His current […]
Exhibition: Veerle Frissen’s theatre of disturbed women
Veerle Frissen, whose intimate portraits have been gracing the magazine’s pages for over a year now, is currently showing her striking Théâtre des Femmes Perturbées series in Ghent’s ZebraStraat. All the pictures in the exhibition are self-portraits of the photographer in various situations and deal with women’s image. The women depicted aren’t necessarily Veerle and […]
Photography: Hedi Slimane exhibition opens at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels and Paris
After documenting London’s burgeoning indie scene and redefining the male silhouette of the 00s at the helm of Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane seems to have stepped in the new decade with a fascination for American culture. With two simultaneous shows at the Almine Rech galleries of Paris and Brussels, the former designer, who’s always nurtured […]
Private view tickets to win for Brussels’ Affordable Art Fair
It’s that time of the year again, where the city’s Tour & Taxis plays host to the Affordable Art Fair – that most democratic of art fairs. Doing probably more than anyone to bring contemporary art to the masses, breaking down the high barriers to entry to the art world, AAF as it has affectionally […]
Fish for thought
At the Filip Kesteloot Sculpture Gallery, you are treated to the aquatic bronzes of Pieter Vanden Daele (Belgium, 1971) along with the slate and glass creations of mosaicist Sylvie Guyomard. Opening this Thursday, the artists will be on hand to talk about their art in the relaxed setting of this bijou gallery, located in the Sablon/Zavel […]
Ink like a Russian crim
The Russian Issue is out and it only seemed right that we checked out the ‘Russian Criminal Tattoo Exhibition’ currently showing in London. Hosted by FUEL Design and Publishing, the creators of the lauded Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volumes I, II and III, the original artworks from this popular series are displayed for the first time. […]
Photographer Ulrike Biets speaks the truth
Raw and uncut. Two words that best describe Ulrike Biets’ photography. One of The Word’s closest allies pretty much since the magazine’s launch, Ulrike has over the last few years been developing a body of work highly personal in its approach (she essentially captures her everyday surroundings – be they people, musicians or even animals) […]
From Omsk with style
When we first heard of Girls From Omsk, we somehow imagined yet another sketchy service that would set you up with a pretty mail-order bride. It turns out it’s actually a Belgian fashion brand – are we to expect shiny leggings and fur collars, then? Writer Jill Mathieu Perhaps, because clichéd Russian kitsch holds a […]
Art for arts sake: London’s Frieze Art Fair
The weekend before last saw the return of the Frieze Art Fair in London, so we thought we should take a look for ourselves and see what the fuss was about. Frieze art fair is a pilgrimage of sorts for art lovers and dealers; an almost sacred spot to pose while you peruse the finest […]
FAntastic and FAbulous: the opening of FA Gallery
The project was an ambitious one right from the word go. The idea, although simple, was massive in its scope: to reinvigorate a dire and rather stale local fashion and art landscape (in this case, that of Kuwait), and infuse it with much-needed pep. Whilst style staples such as Villa Moda had dominated the local […]
A shoe called Faguo
A collective sigh for yet another sneaker claiming to save the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d already seen Faguo. A discreetly designed and simple sneaker which looks like something we’ve all owned at some point in our lives, although there is something hidden beneath that sober and humble exterior. Encapsulated in the trademark […]
It’s only been a year now, but Brussels can finally pride itself on having a collective reopening of art galleries worthy of a true art capital. Simply labelled Brussels Art Days, two days of intense gallery hopping and openings just took place this past weekend, with no less than 30 new exhibitions, among which some held […]
Its all in the name: Hunting and Collecting
With autumn comes the new season’s arrivals at Brussels’ most talked about concept store, Hunting and Collecting. As the name suggests this is about sourcing the very best of fashion, design and art around, and is a labour of love for owners Neils Radtke and Aude Gribomont. Joining their collective experiences of not only the […]
Belgium has a number of reputable festivals all year-round but if you’re looking for a low-key urban initiative, Deurne is now to be added to your summer ‘to-do list’: this municipality of Antwerp premiered a “route of art” and festivities between Wednesday 18th and Sunday 22nd August. Named Deurnroosje after the Sleeping Beauty tale (i.e. […]
Naked and bare
Cultural life in Brussels might shift into lower gear during the summer but contrary to popular belief, it does not die and disappear into a vortex of oblivion. Amongst the recommendable activities available to those whom, by choice or by necessity, will spend the better days of the summer in the city, the opening of […]
Sofie Vandam’s work caught our eye at Narafi’s final year students’ exhibition held at the begining of the summer at Tour & Taxis. “Photography and psychology are often closely related. Get your camera up and people will often adopt an attitude or behave differently.” Her Vulnerable Moments series portrays people in their own environment, exposing their […]
We first stumbled upon Melika’s work when she started interning for The Word back in April. She managed to come up with a teaser for our Breakthrough Issue, portrayed dance sensation French Horn Rebellion when we met them for an interview, and immortalized the opening of our Skin exhibition and party, whilst wrapping up her […]
Brussels: where we peruse art
Dog days like these – when meagre desk fans just won’t cut it and the prospect of being in closed quarters has your forehead dripping – are ideal to seek refuge in the vast and deliciously chilled premises of the city’s art centres and galleries. Below are some of our locations of choice when it […]
Lynch: Saying it without words
David Lynch’s career has spanned over 40 years, directing critically acclaimed films like Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001). What is less known is his parallel and extensive oeuvre of surrealist artwork. The Max Ernst Museum in Germany held a major exhibition this past winter, presenting more than 150 pieces by […]
Our second exhibition!
So you have it, our second exhibition. This time, we’ve gone for something a little closer to home, presenting the works of five of the magazine’s photographers: Ulrike Biets, Sébastien Bonin, Kris De Smedt, Sarah Eechaut and Sarah Michielsen. The show opens on Friday 23rd April, from 18h00, in the centre of Brussels. Strong work, […]
Follow the Guide – The Video
Over two months after, it’s high time to refresh your memories and remind you of the interactive design exhibition we organised early September with a three minute video directed by Gaetan Saint-Remy of Sep Stigo Films. The three opening nights were as good a success as we had hoped for (this being our first truly […]
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