Agenda Thursday 24th October

Meet me at Bozar on Thursday 24th October at Bozar, Brussels

Held in the context of the newly-formed Picture Festival, whose debut edition opens to the public next week, Meet me at Bozar sees both emerging and established illustrators of Francophone and Flemish inclinations join forces for an introductary head-scratch of a session that’ll have imaginations running loose. file View the event on Facebook

Petrolio on Thursday 24th October at Café Central, Brussels

‘Petrolio’ is the alter ego of Enrico Cerrato, a musician of metal, industrial, jazz and punk inclinations. Following a first release back in 2017 that saw him pair up with a series of different co-conspirators, he is now back with a new album that saw him draw influences from 6 artists and their characteristic attitudes. Expect anything from noise and experimental sounds made in his house kitchen back in the days to the more ambient vibes of the day. file View the event on Facebook

Opening of Harold Ancart on Thursday 24th October at C-L-E-A-R-I-N-G, Brussels

A Match Made in Heaven sees celebrated Belgian artist Harold Ancart, now New York-based, present new works. file View the event on Facebook

Opening of Alex Clarke - ”Alles Klar” on Thursday 24th October at Super Dakota, Brussels

For his third exhibition at Brussels’ Super Dakota gallery, titled Alles Klar, London-based artist Alex Clarke frames the very fact of making art as the desire to talk to one another, suggesting that both artwork and practice act as placeholders of discussions and exchanges. As such, his practice positions itself beyond abstraction and into real-life moments of encounters, contributing towards regaining an aura of intimacy, connection and connectivity. Constantly questioning the hibridities between writing and making, author and artwork, artwork and viewer as well as viewer and author, the exhibition puts forward a series of paintings, photographic works, text pieces and installations. file View the event on Facebook

Subbacultcha at S.M.A.K on Thursday 24th October at S.M.A.K, Ghent

Subbacultcha continues its series of nights at S.M.A.K with Croatian Amor, Bea1991 and Crystallmess on the line-up, whilst Ghent-based artist Louise Delanghe will be presenting her Patisserie Pittoresque series alongside the stage. file View the event on Facebook

Leaving Living Dakota on Friday 25th October at C12, Brussels

Transcient collective Leaving Living Dakota, well-known to local misfits for their Decoratelier nights in Molenbeek, bring their singular vibe to C12’s dancefloor with Paris’ Casual Gabberz and Sentimental Rave as well as homegrown kid Kurama for what is guaranteed to be a night of sweaty twists and turns. file View the event on Facebook

Art on Paper from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October at Bozar, Brussels

Paying tribute to the sometimes lost art of drawing in the contemporary art field, Art on Paper, now in its fifth edition, comes to Bozar with over 40 established and emerging galleries with the sole purpose of showcasing the ever-widening possibilities of a plethora of different approaches that make the best out of putting pencil to paper. file View the event on Facebook

Trio Khnopff on Friday 25th October at Flagey, Brussels

Held as part of Flagey’s Arvo Pärt Days, its biennial program paying tribute to the Baltic music scene, Belgian outfit Trio Khnopff take to the stage for a concert dedicated to Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, one of the most seminal figures in 20th century Russian music. file View the event on Facebook

Grande Vente de Plantes from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th October at Halles de Saint-Géry, Brussels

In its 11th edition, this grand bazaar of plants is the perfect opportunity for you to find all types of greenery and liven up your interiors. file View the event on Facebook

Gems Under The Horizon 0.3 on Sunday 27th October at Walter, Brussels

Basic Moves hosts the third of its mid-afternoon sessions dedicated to ambient and chill-out music with selections by e/tape, Nosedrip and islas as well as food by Le Realism. file View the event on Facebook

High Heal x Collective Isengard on Sunday 27th October at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

Two collectives from Paris and Brussels get together, rounding up their respective troupes for a healing journey through music. Expect concerts (Ange Halliwell, Blue Angel, Croche, Llanto, Fetva and Allpass), DJ sets (courtesy of the Isengard crew) as well as visual greatness by the likes of Jeremy Piningre, Kevin El Amrani, Lambert Duchesne and more. file View the event on Facebook


Through his near-scientific series of films, video installations and conceptual projects that touch upon the traumas, stories and media education of the digital era, Brussels-based artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera explores formal and conceptual filters, questioning the processes of representation and the transmission of images assembled from contemporary mass media. In his film “The Sky is on Fire” - presented at Brussels’ Botanique and part of a diptych also on show at Harlan Levey Gallery - the artist interrogates digital culture and memory through a virtual reconstruction of the urban landscape of Miami, deadening its back streets through the use of technology that can scan the environment using a smartphone. In “The Death of K9 Cigo,” the diptych’s second film, Van der Auwera addresses the collective consciousness through the tributes paid to K9 Cigo, a police dog killed by gunfire in Florida. Heavy-hitting and giving the viewer much to chew on, Van der Auwera’s work is both a reflection of the times we live in and a damning commentary of them. Essential. file View the exhibition on Botanique's website


Ghent gallery space Kiosk opens the new season with Body Present, a solo show by Cuban artist Susana Pilar that presents a new performance that links our country’s colonial history to her own childhood, the particular demographics of her homeland, and her Afro-Cuban descent from slaves from Sierra Leone and Congo. The piece is presented alongside a series of photographs, videos and drawings, all of which are based in performance and present the assertive, black female body. Through her arresting body of work, Pilar focuses on social and historical issues of gender and race by taking her own personal experiences and family history and relating them to contemporary concerns such as migration and violence against women, with her own body often taking central place in her practice. Essential viewing. file View the exhibition on KIOSK's website

Gerard Herman & Sine Van Menxel until 8th December at Extra City, Antwerp

Continuing its excellent “The choice of” series, Extra City enlists the curatorial talents of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven who has selected multi-disciplinary artist Gerard Herman and photographer Sine Van Menxel for solo shows at the Antwerp institution. Your chance to see some of the most promising artistic voices of tomorrow. file View the exhibition on Extra City's website


ARGOS ushers in its new season with Beginnings, an exhibition that traces some of the conceptual and artistic origins of CAMP, a Mumbai-based studio for trans- disciplinary media practices. Running until 22nd December, the exhibition revisits a number of formative artworks dating from the period, 2001-2008, before the influencing studio set up shop, drawing on some of the fundamental elements that would subsequently come to define the studio’s main artistic concerns. Since 2008, CAMP has built a steady reputation for exploring the emancipatory possibilities of image-making, archival practices, distribution, and viewership through artistic projects and interventions. The studio aim to challenge our understanding of technology and infrastructure, while bringing knowledge and the reversal of power dynamics to the fore. file View the event on ARGOS's website


Challenging the ever-growing calls for transparency, Open Skies draws on the works of seven artists whose very practices seek to elude the global supremacy of the like-button, evade the elevator pitch or entangle the reductive statement of intent. Instead, they create works that ambiguously play with masks and codes, projections and fantasies, at the intersection of language, popular culture and technology. Including works by Luiza Crosman, Helen Dowling, Toon Fibbe, Naïmé Perrette, Leander Schönweger, Emmanuel Van der Auwera and Jelena Vanoverbeek, Open Skies suggests mystery, shadow, and nuance as modern-day forms of resistance. file View the exhibition on WIELS's website


Presenting the first retrospective of the celebrated and beloved Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers in his own country for over a decade, Muhka’s Le Soleil Politique focuses on the artist’s oeuvre from an Antwerp perspective, providing a comprehensive overview of the breadth of themes, media and presentation strategies Broodthaers was known to engage with and demonstrating the artist’s long-held belief that art is always political. Rarely exhibited works and documents, as well as the first time ever showing of “Decor: A conquest by Marcel Broodthaers,” will form the nexus of this exhibition which makes a fine job of showcasing the many facets of this fascinating artistic force. Essential. file View the event on M HKA's website


Founded in 2013 by students from St. Petersburg’s School for Young Artists, North-7 is an artists’ collective that engages with themes such as identity and politics, experimenting with a wide range of media in which performances play a central role. For its intervention at Muhka, the collective have created a museum in the form of a classical temple which contains a comprehensive archive of all their artistic projects and activities to date. file View the event on M HKA'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 event on CIVA's website