Music festival Autumn Falls and exhibitions galore: This weekend in Belgium

Michel Francois, Brussels

Belgian artist Michel Francois, who lives and works in Brussels, is presenting his creations at Xavier Hufkens, one of the Belgian capital’s most renowned galleries. With ‘Pièces à conviction’ (pieces of evidence), the sculptor reaches out across the genres with his combination of fascinating sculptures and photographs all inspired by visits to the cellars of Brussels’ imposing Palais de Justice.

Opening 29th November
Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Rue Saint-Georges 6-8 Sint-Jorisstraat – 1050 Brussels

Geometric Analogies, Brussels

The creative minds behind ‘Geometric Analogies’ are Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, a Romanian-born artistic two-piece who’ve been working together since 2000. The communist heritage of their home country plays a major role in their artworks which cross all genres; from film, photography and painting to performance and site-specific projects. They explore today’s post-communist society and both personal and collective memory.

Opening 30th November
D+T Project, Rue Bosquetstraat 4 – 1060 Brussels

Francesco Vezzoli, Brussels

Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli, a graduate of London’s Central St. Martins, has already shown up on the hallowed walls of such famous museums as New York’s MoMA and London’s Tate Modern and collaborated with celebrities as Helen Mirren, as The Guardian reported. Now, Brussels gallery Almine Rech is showing his series inspired by Olga Khokhlova, ballet dancer and wife of Picasso. Based on original photos from Picasso’s family archive, Vezzoli created oil paintings that he then developed further with the help of collages and embroideries. “Through this work I am paying homage to Olga, who embodies my sensitivity and obsessions,” the artist says.

Until 2nd March
Almine Rech Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels

Hoodoo Eternity, Brussels

Brussels’ Aeroplastics presents an extensive and eclectic group show called ‘Hoodoo Eternity’, which deals with people’s relationships, both with each other and with their environment. A central theme is the so-called prisoner’s dilemma or the question why two individuals choose not to cooperate, even though it would be mutually beneficial. Accordingly, the artworks are largely rather darkish and even apocalyptic, particularly Nicolas Crombez‘s haunting creations. Other featured artists include Japanese photographer Ryuta Amae and New York-based artist Dominic McGill (reviewed here by The New York Times) and many, many more.

Until 22nd December
Aeroplastics contemporary, Rue Blanchestraat 32 – 1060 Brussels

Autumn Falls, Brussels

Summer may well be over, but festival lovers need not mope: Autumn Falls is a 7-day indoor music bash hosted by all the capital’s major concert venues, from Botanique and Ancienne Belgique to VK and Magasin 4. This year’s edition’s highlights range from Deerhoof (reviewed by Pitchfork here) to Ty Segall and Londoners Stubborn Heart,  a “post-dubstep duo mix sensitive vocals and synth noise, think Hurts meets Skrillex.” Check out the full programme here.

From 26th November until 2nd December
Various venues in Brussels

Museum night, Ghent

This weekend, get to know Ghent’s museums in a slightly different light. It’s time again for Museum night, where you can catch art until the wee hours at the city’s museums who’ll also be opening their doors for bands and concerts. Not to be missed: Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier, the music of French artist Felicia Atkinson, and a gig by Vlek’s Ssaliva. A great start into Ghent’s art week that goes on until 4th December.

29th November
Various locations in Ghent
Full programme here

Joachim Koester, Ghent

‘Maybe One Must Begin with Some Particular Places’ is an attempt at an extensive overview of Danish conceptual artist Joachim Koester‘s oeuvre, showcasing about 20 of his works (including films, photographic series and installations) from the past thirteen years. Koester uses a kind of docu-fiction to intertwines personal, historical and journalistic elements with fictional narratives, touching upon subjects like forgotten expeditions to Greenland, occult and shamanist rituals or the language of the human body. A captivating retrospective. Read an interview with the artist here.

Opening 30th November
SMAK, Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent