Brussels Gallery Weekend: Paul Mccarthy, CoBRA And Other Highlights

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the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend

The New York Times recently described the European capital as a “serious destination for collectors of contemporary art” and we couldn’t agree more. Brussels is supporting this reputation with the Gallery Weekend, a four-day event opening this Thursday, which leads visitors through a tour of more than 30 galleries and through a circuit of major institutions and artist collectives: a perfect example of how vibrant, influential and avant-garde the city is. Not to mention, it’s a great excuse to go eat some tasty Moules Frites! 

 

Here are 4 of the most important openings of the Weekend:

Xavier Hufkens

Xavier Hufkens is opening Paul McCarthy’s first major show in Brussels. In both of the gallery spaces, the artist presents drawings and sculptures, all related to his favourite topics: Walt Disney and the American Western. Mccarthy continues his critique of contemporary American mythology by “subverting popular icons and narratives into works that expose the darkness at the heart of mainstream culture.” The artist presents a ‘White Snow’ – an obvious reference to Snow White or ‘WS’ (slang for cocaine) melted in the midst of other recognisable Disney Characters. Masculine identity is at the core of the second of his long-term projects on view, ‘Stagecoach’. This series, which encompasses a wide range of different media, is inspired by John Ford’s classic Western from 1939 starring John Wayne. 

McCarthy exposes our darkest sources of revulsion and disgust, while showing us the reality of a world without constraint. The question is always the same: why do we persist in being shocked and repulsed by such transgressions and moral dysfunction? To find the answer, McCarthy forces us to look deep within ourselves and to question the systems and protocols.

Not for the light hearted. 

6 rue St-Georges 1050 Brussels
Tuesday – Saturday – 11:00 > 6:00 pm
www.xavierhufkens.com

the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
White Snow Head, 2012-2013
silicone (yellow), fiberglass, steel
57x 65 x 58 in.
144,8 x 165,1 x 147,3 cm
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
White Snow Head, 2012-2013
silicone (blue), fiberglass, steel
57x 65 x 58 in.
144,8 x 165,1 x 147,3 cm

Clearing Gallery

Two-Story is a group show that reunites recent work from Sebastian Black, Isabelle Cornaro, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Ryan Foerster, Zak Kitnick, Marina Pinsky, Loïc Raguénès et Alfred d’Ursel. The exhibition works like a mirror where the first floor mirrors the ground floor, as much in the type of art that is exhibited as in the way they are exposed. Each artist exhibits two pieces, one per floor. 

Two stories, one story. 

Avenue Louise 292 1000 Brussels 
Tuesday – Saturday – 11:00 > 6:00 pm
www.c-l-e-a-r-i-n-g.com

the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
Two-Story, Clearing, Brussels 2016. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Baronian

Baronian is presenting a selection of work from the revered Belgian artist: Marcel Broodthaers. In the spotlight since his retrospective at the MoMa, his work will also be presented in October 2016 at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. 

Here Baronian presents a rarely exhibited selection of his work, poetic and light, amongst which his master piece: Le perroquet. Ne dîtes pas que je ne l’ai pas dit, as well as the Complete Prints and Books & Other Works.  

Rue Isidore Verheyden 2 B 1050 Brussels
Tuesday – Saturday – 12:00 > 6:00 pm
www.albertbaronian.com 

the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
BROODTHAERS Marcel
Le D est plus grand que le T (assiettes), 1967
Mixed media 88 x 76 cm
Image courtesy of Baronian gallery.
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
BROODTHAERS Marcel
Musée d’Art Moderne, Dt des Aigles, S. Litteraire Fig. 1 ET 2 (No 5 – 5/7), 1970
Acrylique sur plaque en plastique, acrylic on 86 x 121 cm.
Image courtesy of Baronian gallery. 

Rodolphe Janssen

This is a very special exhibition for Rodolphe Janssen as the gallerist celebrates 25 years of his gallery as well as the 50th anniversary of the opening of his father’s, Stéphane Janssen. Father and son have decided to organize an exhibition side by side, telling a family story. 

The exhibition will present a selection of works on paper from the 50’s to 70’s, of artists from Stéphane’s former gallery. Following a renewed interest from the contemporary art world for the CoBrA movement, Rodolphe found it important to highlight the major role played by his father in the 60’s in the promotion of CoBrA and his support to those who have pursued the adventure to this day. It seems like the CoBrA movement is benefitting from a huge surge of interest in the United States and Europe. 

Rue de Livourne 32 1050 Brussels
Tuesday – Saturday – 11:00 > 6:00 pm
www.rodolphejanssen.com

the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
Rodolphe & Stephane Janssen. Image courtesy Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography.
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
Fred Bervoets, Work on Paper. Image courtesy of the gallery.
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
Pierre Alechinsky, Work on Paper. Image courtesy of the gallery.
the 4 best galleries opening at Brussels Gallery Weekend
Karel Appel, Work on Paper. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Marie Winckler

Marie Winckler works as a Freelance journalist. A Belgian emigre of French heritage, she attended the Sorbonne before going on to write for the Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Independent. She binges on art, literature and football. Partial to a Belgian joke.  Instagram: @mariewww | Twitter: @mariewww