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A weekend of Mathématique Moderne, Magnum & Mountain Bike

Brussels

1. Bert Danckaert at Roberto Polo Gallery


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Whether dirty streets or just a coloured wall, Antwerp-born photographer Bert Danckaert really has a knack for making the most ordinary things look extremely beautiful. Roberto Polo gallery is now exhibiting some of his captivating work, focusing on the time between 2007 and today. His minimalist but extraordinarily well-composed images stem from countless different cities all over the world, and expose fragments of urban landscapes in an unusual and mesmerising way.

Until 3 November
Roberto Polo Gallery, Rue Lebeaustraat 8-10 – 1000 Brussels
www.robertopologallery.com

2. Marcin Dudek at Do Not Open


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“What interests me is not to create a piece of reality but an object that can influence people’s perception of reality,” says Polish artist Marcin Dudek about his practice. Born in Kracow and dividing his time between Brussels and London, Dudek focuses on the ‘anti-ready-made’, avoiding everything that is manufactured and calibrated and opting instead for simple, everyday materials. With this method he creates sculptures, installations and collages exploring the relationship between human beings and their natural environment.

Until 12 October
DO NOT OPEN, Rue d’Albaniestraat 47 – 1060 Brussels
www.donotopen.org 

3. Tracey Snelling at Aeroplastics


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Tracey Snelling builds fantasy models made from houses, mini sculptures, projections and found objects with amazing attention to detail: “I refer to the buildings as sculptures, as they’re not exact replicas of places; rather, they’re my impression of the essence of a place and the culture that it exists in,” the American artist told Artpulse magazine. At Aeroplastics you can now discover a large selection of her compelling multi-media creations, “a 3-dimensional scrapbook of once-inhabited scenes,” as Hifructose Magazine puts it. It’s definitely worth a look.

Until 19 October
Aeroplastics, Rue Blanchestraat 32 – 1060 Brussels
www.aeroplastics.net

4. Inaki Bonillas at Greta Meert


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Mexico City-based artist Inaki Bonillas focuses on the analytical exploration of photography. For this exhibition, he’s taken art catalogues as a starting point, with publications displaying work by painting masters like Caravaggio and Van Eyck. By photographing, reproducing, enlarging and rearranging details from these catalogues, he’s created five fascinating installations that explore the question of photographic reality through an endless process of multiplication and reproduction.

Until 31 October
Galerie Greta Meert, Rue Du Canal 13 Vaartstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.galeriegretameert.com

5. Mathématiques Modernes at London Calling


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Belgian DJ duo Onda Sonora can be found manning the decks at most Word parties, and now they’re teaming up with Freddy Merckx for their party series ‘Mathematiques Modernes’. But there’s no need for calculators, just put on your dancing shoes and rock out to a selection of new wave, post-punk, synth-pop, new beat, and electro tunes. “Downright weird stuff”, as the party makers describe themselves it.

14 September, 22h00
London Calling, Rue de Dublinstraat 46 – 1050 Brussels
www.londoncallingdublin.com

Antwerp

6. Dual Perspectives at Marion de Cannière


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More and more artists are teaming up to join forces, just like this bunch of dynamic duos, and Marion de Cannière is now dedicating an exhibition to artistic two-pieces.  The works of two contemporary artist pairs will be on show: Dutch photographers WasskinkLundgren strolled the streets of Tokyo to photograph the same subjects at the same time from two different angles, while Brussels-based Aline Bouvy and John Gillis create artworks exploring the relationship between photography and architecture.

Until 19 October
Marion Decannière, Pourbusstraat 3 – 2000 Antwerp
www.mariondecanniere.com 

7. Steve McCurry at Fifty One Fine Art Photography

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©Steve McCurry and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

“Take 9/11 for example. While everyone was running out, I was running in,” said Magnum’s Steve McCurry to the Huffington Post about the moment when New York City’s most iconic towers collapsed. This attitude is characteristic of the photographer’s entire career: he has travelled the world’s trouble spots and witnessed the Soviet War, the Gulf War and the disintegration of Yugoslavia, to name but a few. This exhibition gives an overview of his three-decade career, including his iconic Afghan Girl photograph. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person,” says McCurry.

Until 23 November
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Zirkstraat 20 – 2000 Antwerp
www.gallery51.com

Ghent

8. Jean de Groote at Galerie S&H De Buck


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‘Stop Motion’ is a selection of the most recent works by Belgian artist Jean de Groote. His oeuvre includes paintings, drawings and water colours, and display an affinity for the iconography of Pieter Bruegel, Jacques Callot , Honore Daumier and James Ensor. Especially captivating are De Groote’s portraits, capturing intimate and mysterious moments in the lives of other people.

Until 28 September
Galerie S&H de Buck, Zuidstationstraat 25 – 9000 Ghent
www.galeriedebuck.be

Liège

9. Dead Ghosts and Mountain Bike at L’Escalier


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In case you missed Belgian rockers Mountain Bike at The Word Magazine’s five year birthday bash, you’re now being graced with a second chance to check them out, courtesy of Liège’s L’Escalier this weekend. They’ll be sharing the stage with Canadian garage rock outfit Dead Ghosts, whom Consequence of Sound calls ‘more stoned than The Stones’.

12 September, 20h00
L’Escalier,  Rue Saint Jean-en-Isle 26 – 4000 Liège
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Lessines

10. Orlan at Musée de l’Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose


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Having undergone countless plastic surgical procedures to alter her own body in the name of her art, French artist Orlan has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. “There’s no denying that most of her art is troubling,” writes The Guardian. The artist herself describes her oeuvre as a “struggle against the innate, the inexorable, the programmed, nature, DNA – and God.” And what better place to show a mini retrospective of her work, an artist whose performances mainly took place on operating tables in a museum located in a former hospital. Disturbing and fascinating.

Until 27 October
Musée de l’Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose, Place Alix de Rosoit – 7860 Lessines
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