Agenda Thursday 21st November

Punk Graphics until 26th April 2020 at ADAM, Brussels

New genres come and go all the time in our ever-changing musical landscape, but punk will live on forever. Not only did the punk movement leave behind a gigantic musical legacy, it also impacted graphic design and style far beyond its heyday mid seventies in the epicentres of New York and London. In its continuing quest to look at the visual side of countless different genres, ADAM brings together posters, album covers and other DIY memorabilia from a New York private collection that has never been brought to Europe before, reinforcing how the subculture got embedded in our contemporary visual culture. A welcomed walk down memory lane, with the added possibility of compiling a vinyl playlist with your own selection of protest songs. file View the exhibition on Adam Museum's website

Eastern Daze until 24th November at Vooruit, Ghent

Vooruit and Kraak team up once again for their annual, four-day festival dedicated to folkloric sounds peppered with hints of avant-garde, minimalism and psychedelic undertones. The best chance yet to catch up on new genres, exploratory sounds and weird and wonderful instruments, the festival combines film screenings, afternoon-long listening sessions, DJ sets and concerts to magnificent effect. Top picks include Congolose street junk techno outfit Kokoko! (with the Vlek-affiliated Raymonde as support act) and Middle Ages-driven hallucinogenic local act Razen. One for the more experimentally inclined.
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iMAL at Work from 21st to 24th November at iMAL, Brussels

The end of building a new home for media laboratory iMAL is almost in sight, which calls for a celebration. The space for digital practices reinforcing visual and performing arts rings in a new chapter with an extended preview event. Victor De Roo, Joost Rekveld and Luke Fowler + moro sphinx amongst many others join the festivities with workshops, artworks and audio-visual performances. Our friends from Schiev extend last weekend’s festival delicacies on Saturday with Gàbor Làzàr, Terrine and Wutangu. Guaranteed fun for free, although you will need to register in advance. file View the event on Facebook

Civa Talks – Playgrounds in Japan on Thursday 21st November at CIVA, Brussels

Besides having the reputation of being an adult playground with myriads of possibilities, Japan can also claim the title of the country with the highest number of actual playgrounds for children. Next up in the CIVA series of architecture talks is a session with curator and independent publisher Vincent Romagny. He continues reflecting on playful architecture with an investigation into the history of the American playground model as it emerged in Japan after the earthquake of 1923. Examining some curious examples, Romagny will reveal how these seemingly ordinary occupations of public space embody a certain attitude towards the playfulness of children that transcends culture and nation. file View the event on Facebook

Opening of (Inter)national Affairs on Thursday 21st November at KOP, Antwerp

KOP, a platform supporting emerging artists, gave in to the enticing idea of teaming up art and design collective 44flavours with the students of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. This week, Berliners Julio Rölle and Sebastian Bagge entered into a collective experiment where they renegotiate the idea of an ‘art collective’. You get to witness the result of this duo’s downright attitude and the students’ wild minds brought together into an installation on Thursday from 7pm onwards. file View the event on Facebook

Opening of Charlotte Stuby – Keepsake on Friday 22nd November at Kunsthal Gent, Ghent

Keepsake introduces a textile installation by Swiss artist Charlotte Stuby. Relying on tactile textiles and tapestry, Stuby flaunts a fascination for functionality, but also questions the connection of textures with symbols and landmarks in an urban environment. Her embroidery and “appliqué”-techniques become part of Kunsthal’s current goal to host artworks that can adapt to the evolving history of the art space, as the work attaches to both the inside and outside architecture of the former monastery from the 13th century. file View the event on Facebook

Opening Baptiste Audousset & Karina Beumer on Friday 22nd November at Aair, Antwerp

Five previous editions of the residency program Résidence Croisée have already secured artistic alliances between Belgium and France. This time it is Baptiste Audousset and Katharina Beumer’s turn to bond over each other’s work by spending two months in Antwerp and another two in Clermont-Ferrand. Audousset’s installations, sculptures and drawings refashion language systems and forms of communication whilst Beumer always starts from drawings and then ends up somewhere else walking a peculiar path of discovery. During this residency, one has been working on a literary performance combining American poetry and spiritualism while the other plays around with Molly – the protagonist of a residency-diary- in the video work “Deep Dark Mountain Thoughts”. A presentation of their work-in-progress stemming from the change of scenery is on this weekend at AAIR. file View the event on Facebook

Punk Visual Culture in Europe on Saturday 23rd November at Bozar, Brussels

The institutional format of a conference violently clashes with the intentions of the Punk movement, yet BPS22’s curator Dorothée Duvivier will try to bring back the vibrancy of the punk revolution at Bozar. Works from artists as diverse as Vivienne Westwood, The Clash and Jamie Reid should guide you through the remnants of these explosive and rebellious times, where ears and eyes got equally attacked. Essential punk education. file View the event on Facebook

Sunday Ritual with Hicham on Sunday 24th November at L’uZinne, Brussels

It is not always necessary to mess up your biorhythm in order to get your portion of ravey sounds. Reserve one of the 150 spots and join Lowtape’s afternoon dance ritual near the canal. A spot on selection of dirty beats by resident Laprade and Combine comes together with an intense 4 hour set by Hicham for a glorious wrap-up of the weekend. file View the event on Facebook

Conversation with Roger Ballen on Sunday 24th November at Palace, Brussels

The absurd visual vocabulary artist Roger Ballen has been developing for several decades provides a multitude of starting points for in-depth conversations on his distinctive approach to photography. Co-curator of La Centrale for Contemporary Art’s current exhibition The Theatre of the Ballenesque Stéphane Roy will come up with some clever questions to fathom the innovative techniques and underlying philosophy of this influential artist. Good to know: Tickets for the talk include entry for the exhibition too. file View the event on Facebook

Sean Landers until 20th December at Rodolphe Janssens, Brussels

Meet “Plankboy”, the wooden outsider protagonist in the work of painter Sean Landers during the opening of his third solo exhibition at Rodolphe Janssen gallery. The motif of Plankboy and other wooden elements throughout three distinct groups of paintings show how the American conceptualist straddles the border between heavy-hearted feelings and a humorous gaze. Personal experiences are being turned into a poetic visual reflection on what it means to be an artist. file View the exhibition on Rodolphe Janssens's website

Rotor – Life under a Cherry Tree until 21st December at La Loge, Brussels

Although the Brussels-Capital region has embraced plans for a future of circular economy, design collective Rotor dares to question what the vague concepts of reuse and recyclability in the proposed models actually contribute to the urban environment. The cooperative of architects concerned with the future of building use the platform of exhibition Life Under a Cherry Tree at La Loge to explore even further the practical side of it all. Next to unfolding already existing projects on the reuse of buildings, they will foremost attempt to re-imagine abstract theory into yet other tangible social practices that might well surprise you. file View the exhibition on LA LOGE's website

Jean Jullien - Petrichor until 11th January 2020 at Alice Gallery, Brussels

Petrichor, the smell of rain hitting dry soil after a warm day, often recalls memories of summer and holidays long gone. The paintings of Jean Jullien rely on a similar mechanism of reminiscence. Some recognize this as an inherently post-modern trait: the effect of his work on the viewer prevails over manifesting his own artistic ego. The blissful coastal landscapes Julien shares with more than one million followers on Instagram, are utterly grounded in the here and now because of his social media presence, but also revel in contemplation and nostalgia. Limited edition prints and t-shirts will be for sale at the opening of his solo show, which highlights the curious profile of this modern day art guru oscillating between popular culture and craftsmanship. file View the exhibition on Alice Gallery's website

Le Corbusier > < Imi Knoebel until 25th January 2020 at OV Project, Brussels

Platform OV regularly bends the linear concept of art history into a thought-provoking conversational format by setting up a dialogue between the oeuvre of two artists situated in different disciplines. Project number 21 aims to confront the use of colour in furniture designed by world famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier with the visual works of German post-war protagonist Imi Knoebel. The latter’s series of Betoni paintings display a rather radically-inclined and minimalist approach colour, sharing similarities and contrast with Le Corbusier’s celebrated design ethos. file View the exhibition on OV Project's website

Architects at Play until 9th February at Civa, Brussels

Most adults eventually get over their childhood dreams, although it could be argued that architects stand alone in never entirely foregoing their tendencies for limitless imagination, their capacity to construct worlds beyond our wildest dreams, tapping into their inner infant forming the basis of CIVA’s latest exhibition, Architects at Play. Exploring the invention mechanisms that underpin these constructed realities, the exhibition touches upon themes such as childhood, education, urbanism, public spaces, history, architecture and creativity to retrace the history of dreamt up structures and the importance of child play. Paying tribute to the power of the imaginary, the exhibition pits the playground to the blueprint to magnificent effect. file View the exhibition on CIVA's website

Lina Bo Bardi & Giancarlo Palanti until 16th February 2020 at Design Museum Gent, Ghent

Design lovers unite in Ghent for the biggest retrospective to date of furniture by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Although the multitalented Bo Bardi systematically crossed borders between disciplines in her overarching architectural endeavours, the design work is one of the most overlooked aspects of her career. This show reunites a bunch of pieces she crafted with colleague Giancarlo Palanti in the Studio d’Arte Palma (1948-1951), making it possible to overview the inherently political and social bridges she built between humankind and architecture through interior design. A collection of works by young Belgian designers who drew inspiration from her oeuvre will be simultaneously on show in DING Vitrine next door. file View the event on Facebook

Roger Ballen – The Theatre of the Ballenesque until 14th March 2020 at La Central, Brussels

Born in New York in 1950, artist Roger Ballen has been based in South Africa for more than 30 years now, his work imbued by the country’s rich, complex and contrasting fortunes to mesmerising effect. With this exhibition, his first major show in Brussels, Ballen presents photographs, videos, in situ installations as well as some of his lesser-known graphic interventions, immersing the viewer in a made-to-measure universe – titled The Theatre of the Ballenesque – which draws heavily on his uncanny ability to unearth the underbelly of society’s absurdities through his singular eye. Alongside this ambitious show, Belgian artist Ronny Delrue will be presenting a series of photographs set in dialogue to Ballen’s work and enhanced by drawings as well as photomontages made by the two artists. A definite must-see. file View the exhibition on La Centrale's website