Fear, loathing and funk. This weekend in Belgium


1. Chisato Ishiyama and Damien Rankovic, De La Charge


Artist collective De La Charge are once again giving up their space for a fascinating exhibition, this time curated by Belgian artist Leslie Martinelli. The dual show opening this Thursday features contrasting works by two young Brussels-based artists, Damien Rankovic and Chisato Ishiyama. While Rankovic creates sculptures with a sense of emergency, Ishiyama’s paintings are characterised by an un-rushed workmanship.

Opening 23 May
De La Charge, Rue Théodore Verhaegenstraat 152 – 1060 Bruxelles

2. Magali Lefebvre, MAAC


Born in Valencienne but living and working in Lyon, artist Magali Lefebvre has scored one of this year’s MAAC’s sought-after residencies. The Maison d’Art Actuel des Chartreux is a space that claims to dedicate itself to supporting young artists and stimulating contemporary art, and they’re now putting on a solo show of her work. Her captivating installations include sculptures, drawings, photographs and more and focus on raising questions about our notions of perspective.

Opening 24 May
MAAC, Rue des Chartreux 26 Kartuizersstraat – 1000 Brussels

3. Josh Tonsfeldt, Galerie VidalCuglietta

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Galerie VidalCuglietta are presenting the very first solo exhibition in Brussels of the work of American artist Josh Tonsfeldt, whose eclectic practice includes everything from sculpture to print to video. His latest body of work brings together Brussels, New York City and rural Iowa, and attempts to to map seemingly unconnected locations by capturing moments in an image. Art in America says Tonsfeldt has the “active mind of an explorer grabbing at anything that can be used for the purposes of his art.”

Opening 25 May, 18h00-21h00
Galerie VidalCuglietta, Boulevard Barthélémy 5 Barthélémylaan, 1000 Brussels

4. John Roberts, Mr Wong

Resident Advisor have described Mr Wong’s parties as powerful, wild and glamorous, and this Thursday night’s live set by American heartlander John Roberts, touring his latest album Fences, promises to be no exception. Brought up surrounded by jazz and classical music, Roberts discovered a taste for European house and techno that saw him converted to analogue synthesisers and reel-to-reel tape machines. Neither crowd-pleaser nor show-off, Roberts is an honest musician that gets us on our feet.

23 May, 22h30
Mr Wong, Rue de la Vierge Noire 10 Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat – 1000 Brussels


5. Margaret Salmon, Office Baroque Gallery


New York-born filmmaker Margaret Salmon is particularly interested in the everyday; her intimate portraits focus on people in their natural habitat and have made it all the way to the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010. Antwerp’s Office Baroque Gallery now presents Pyramid, a piece that dissects the life of a family in the Kent region, and it’s a piece that attempts to identify their family values by observing their daily routines and interactions. “Salmon understands that it is time that makes us, and unmakes us, and that it is the dimension that portraiture truly calls home,” says Frieze Magazine approvingly.

Opening 26 May
Office Baroque Gallery, Lange Kievitstraat 48 – 2018 Antwerpen


6. Architecture, anyone? Het Paviljoen


A collaboration between reputed art institutes KASK, HISK and S.M.A.K., Het Paviljoen aims to be an off-space where the young and bold make a first leap into the professional sphere. Part of a five-exhibition series, international artists Erika Hock and Clare Noonan will be joining forces and superimposing parallel and imaginative architecture into the structure of the hosting pavilion.

Opening 23 May, 19h00
Het Paviljoen, Louis Pasteurlaan 2 – 9000 Gent

7. The life and work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson, KASK

For the sixth edition of a collaboration between artsy KASKcinema and cultural platform Ladda, the focus shifts to the notorious Hunter S. Thompson, author of cult novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney‘s documentary on the “godfather of gonzo journalism”, who was a lifelong contributor to Rolling Stone, portrays the raging psyche and controversial excesses of Thompson’s life and career to the backdrop of ’70s American political turbulence. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

23 May, 20h30
KASKcinema, Godshuizenlaan 4 – 9000 Ghent

8. Nosedrip presents: Gary Wilson, DOKbox


One week after his DJ set at The second best edition’s Hunting and Collection soirée, go-getter Nosedrip is doing a bit of inviting of his own, soliciting a Belgium-exclusive gig from Gary Wilson. On the occasion of Stones Throw Records reissue of Wilson’s legendary debut album You Think You Really Know Me, originally completed in 1977, the American musical prophet is kindly inviting you to step into his one-of-a-kind universe.

24 May, 19h30
DOKbox, Koopvaardijlaan 80 – 9000 Ghent

9. Icarus Night: Raime + Ecila, Studio Skoop

Ghent-based, indie-minded label Icarus have teamed up with Democrazy to play host to London electronic hotshots Raime this Friday. Blending techno with postpunk, doom metal and industrial, the duo have been described by The Quietus as “the most interesting and successful fusion of industrial ethos and club culture since Burial first appeared on the dubstep scene.” Hosted in a vintage movie theatre, their dark and mesmerising noise will no doubt sit flawlessly with their visuals.

24 May, 19h30
Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63 – 9000 Ghent


10. Hester Scheurwater, Paardenstallen Broelmuseum

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As a photographer, video artist and teacher, Dutch born Hester Scheurwater often gets mentioned in the same breath as Marina Abramovic or Hannah Wilke. With her tantalising and evocative work, and in a ‘now’ generation voice, she questions the borders between private and public with slightly exhibitionistic self-portraits. Teetering on the fine line between feminism and sexism, Scheurwater herself claims that the explicit sexual nature of her pictures has contributed to her world-wide success. Feast for the eyes…

Opening 25 May
Paardenstallen Broelmuseum, Korte Kapucijnenstraat 10 – 8500 Kortrijk