Homage to Haneke and Les Nuits sounds off. This weekend in Belgium.

Illuminating Kunstholes, Brussels


Coffre-Fort, or Artists Club, is an initiative thunk up by artists Thibaut Espiau, Ištvan Huzjan and Gregoire Motte who, since last year, have been running a studio and exhibition space in a former jewellery vault. Their most recent expo opens this week and is centred around a project by Irish artist Ella de Burca who is known for her conceptual approach to creating situational and performance-based work. Illuminating Kunstholes is the intriguing result of city walks made by the three Coffre-Fort founders in their neighbourhood: each one of them was asked to find a spot where the sun never shines and paint it black.

Opening 4 May
Artists Club Coffre-Fort, Rue de Houblon 63 Hopstraat – 1000 Brussels

Magali Reus, Brussels


Praised by Frieze Magazine for her skill in creating something that’s both mysteriously lyrical and claustrophobic, Magali Reus is currently presenting an intriguing fragment of her oeuvre at Albert Baronian gallery. Born in The Netherlands, Reus, who holds a Masters in Fine Art from Goldsmiths college, excels in combining minimalism with flamboyance and gently guiding her viewers to a truthful analysis of their own. Out Of Empty will be finishing up soon, so don’t miss out on your last chance to get acquainted with her enchanting world.

Until 11 May
Albert Baronian, Rue Isidore Verheydenstraat 2 – 1050 Brussels

Michael Haneke, Brussels

Amour, according to The New York Times, is “a masterpiece about life, death and everything in between,” and it’s just won the Oscar for best foreign film. This moving love story between an elderly couple is directed by Austrian-born Michael Haneke and he will be in Brussels’ Bozar this weekend to talk about his work, inspirations and more. At the same time, Cinematek will be showing a retrospective of Haneke’s work – one of the greatest film directors of our time – that will include everything from the Palme d’Or-winning The White Ribbon to Funny Games and Caché.

9 May
An evening with Michael Haneke
Bozar, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

From 11 May to 20 June
Michael Haneke Retrospective
Cinematek, Rue Baron Hortastraat 9 – 1000 Brussels


Suuns, Apparat and Aufgang, Brussels

Les Nuits Botanique kicked off at the start of the month and continues this weekend, and Saturday night is not to be missed; a ticket to Cirque Royal will get you three concerts: Canadian band Suuns, who we reviewed here, will be live on stage, as will French three-piece Aufgang and Berlin producer Sascha Ring aka Apparat who is also one part of electronic stars Moderat. For this gig at Les Nuits, Apparat has something rather special in store: a performance accompanied by Tolstoy’s cult book War and Peace. “Sparse on beats but heavy on reverb-soaked drama – not ‘dance’ music by any stretch of the imagination, but beautiful all the same,” writes NME.

11 May
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels

Ghostpoet and Mélanie De Biasio, Brussels

Botaniques’ Orangerie is hosting yet another worthy instalment of the Les Nuits festival this weekend, with Belgian chanteuse Mélanie De Biasio and British singer and producer Ghostpoet, who spoke to The Word magazine about the pressures of the so-called sophomore slump in our latest issue. But you can relax and rest assured that Ghostpoet’s second album Some Say I So I Say Light is a beaut, and has been described by NME as “a triumph of agitated beats, jazzy keyboards and slurred rap.”

11 May
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels

Roots of Minimal, Ghent

“If you can’t get them to go to Berlin, get Berlin to come to them.” This is what the guys behind Roots Of Minimal must have been thinking when they put together the line-up for the spring edition of their minimal techno concept. With live sets by headliner Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Stimming and a custom designed visual show, not to mention one hell of a sound system, this party will be all about getting your freak on. Or as Resident Advisor puts it: “When Kollektiv Turmstrasse starts working the crowd, it’s like somebody dumping a bucket of energy on the dance floor.” Better stay hydrated.

11 May, 23h00
Art Cube, Wiedauwkaai 52B – 9000 Ghent

Group show, Ghent


Six artists, six individual approaches, and one ever-changing space. Experimental art house Croxhapox is once more bringing together a handful of personalities from as many divergent disciplines. With nothing more than the architecture of the space and each other to guide them, this group exhibition promises an honest illustration of cross fertilisation. Subtle and monochrome video installations by Alda Snopek are likely to merge gracefully with the distilled two-dimensional works of Christophe Lezaire. How this coherent combination will interact with the multicoloured and uncanny sculptures of Wouter Feyaerts remains to be seen.

Opening 11 May
Croxhapox, Lucas Munichstraat 76/82 – 9000 Ghent

Death Grips, Kortrijk

For those of you who’ve never heard of Death Grips, it’s time to get up to speed. From their hyping by Pitchfork to the up-yours stunt they pulled on Epic Records, who signed them back in 2012, this rap/noise duo have been making waves, with little effort to stay away from controversy. Quite the contrary; Death Grips seems to thrive on discord, aggression and schizophrenia. This highly flammable cocktail will be live on stage in Kortrijk on Monday. Listen to their furious sound and watch cult-status frontman MC Ride burst out in rage, and try to stay away from the mosh pits.

13 May, 20h00
De Kreun, Conservatoriumplein – 8500 Kortrijk

Haunted Inbox II, Aalst


For those of you who like music that errs a bit on the experimental side, Haunted Inbox II is the perfect match for your weekend. It’s hosted by AudioMER, the musical spin-off of Ghent-based publisher MER.Paper Kunsthalle who focus on vinyl releases and whose record sleeves are designed by contemporary visual artists. The eclectic line-up includes French artist Felicia Atkinson with her musical project Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier, Icelandic musician and sound artist Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, as well as India’s Charanjit Singh and more.

9 May
Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art, Houtkaai – 9300 Aalst

Une Affaire de Famille, Charleroi


As part of Rodolphe Janssen gallery‘s 25-year anniversary celebrations, the Charleroi Museum of Photography is currently housing a carefully chosen selection of photographs from the Janssen personal archives. Initiated by grandparents Solvay-Janssen, methodical collectors of works of art by Belgian and international artists, father Stéphane and sons Rodolphe and Sébastien Janssen are opening this unique and coveted collection to the public. With the works of Wolfgang Tillmans, Cindy Sherman and Sally Mann, Une Affaire de Famille is definitely worth that ride to Charleroi.

Until 12 May
Museum of Photography – Avenue Paul Pastur 11, 6032 Charleroi