It’s not only galleries that put in an effort during the Brussels Gallery Weekend; there are also a fair number of shows at exhibition spaces, art spaces and pop-up events to discover. Here are our 5 recommendations:
A Performance Affair
Performance has been making a steady comeback for quite some time, of that we are well aware. Now Brussels is presenting a fair that is exclusively dedicated to performance art. Founders Liv Vaisberg and Will Kerr chose the theme of the panopticon. You can catch performances all weekend long in the Vanderborght building, by Elena Bajo, Nikolaus Gansterer, Istvan Ist Huzjan, Sarah & Charles, Joris Van de Moortel and many others.
6 – 9 September 2018 Espace Vanderborght Rue de l’Ecuyer 50 Schildknaapstraat, 1000 Brussels
Sarah & Charles
C5 is an art space in Central Station – not to be confused with C12 in the same complex, a night club that finally makes Brussels seem a bit like Berlin, but that aside... At C5 the artistic duo Sarah & Charles are presenting ‘Returning to an unfamiliar place’, a video installation that is part of a larger series that also includes sculptures, paintings and a performance. For the video installation the artists deal with a series of Instagram feeds in a very particular way, as well as the Biblical motif of the preacher. The installation is at the same time the decor for a performance that will take place in February 2019 during their solo exhibition in Be-Part Waregem.
The Molenbeek art space Société, run by the artists Els Vermang and Manuel Abendroth, has a habit of producing ambitious exhibitions with fascinating themes. For the present exhibition, ‘Measurements’, they will – together with Christophe Veys – focus on the way in which artists idiosyncratically deal with units of measurement, whether it be metres, kilogrammes or seconds. It includes big names like Hamish Fulton, stanley brouwn and Roman Ondank, and younger talent like Marc Buchy and many others.
The least you can say about Liza ‘N’ Eliaz (1958-2001) is that she was a remarkable character. Even though she initially studied classical piano, she soon switched to rock, new wave and hardcore techno. In the techno world she quickly garnered a lot of attention with her musical style, her advanced age and the fact that she was transgender. Queen of Terror became her battle name. The artistic collectives ENCORE and SEXES present their research into this fascinating person at Galerie Waldburger Wouters.
The Pilgrims House in Sint-Gillis/Saint Gilles, that looks out onto the pleasant Pierre Paulus park, is a mansion built in 1905, in an eclectic style with art deco and neo-Flemish elements. The atmosphere of creaking floorboards and wooden panelling reminded the curator Maud Salembier of Norma Desmond, the aged diva wasting away in her beautiful villa in Billy Wilder’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’. This association gave Salembier the impulse to make a group show in which eleven artists responds to the villa’s unique character.
With work by Martin Belou, Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Aline Bouvy, David de Tscharner, Cristina Garrido, Maria Gil Uldemolins, Julie Kern Donck, Alberto Scodro, Michael Vandenabeele, Adrien Vescovi, Sophie Whettnall.
06 > 29.09.2018.
Opening on Wednesday 5th of September 2018 from 6 to 9 pm.
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