Must-See Art Guide: Antwerp

This week's guide features Grace Schwindt, Saburo Murakami, Katrien de Blauwer, and more.

Jonathan Meese, KAMPFPFOTE “MILCHBUB” (2017). Courtesy of Tim van Laere Gallery.

Now that the fuss of Armory week has died down, let’s turn our sights back to Europe. Find yourself in Belgium? Head to its lovely capital city: Once home to the master Peter Paul Rubens, Antwerp has plenty of culture to offer with its world-class museum collections—but let’s not overlook what the city holds in terms of contemporary exhibition spaces, too.

Start by hurrying to a few shows closing this weekend, if you haven’t seen them already: Tim van Laere Gallery is currently hosting the group exhibition “Always Trust the Artist” with an illustrious roster that includes Marcel Dzama, Andrian Ghenie, and Jonathan Meese, to name a few. Then pop on over to the Middelheim Museum for the charming “Recall Sculpture” survey, which focuses on tabletop figurative sculpture—probably an undervalued genre due for a comeback, if you ask me—by Post-War artists like Marino Marini, Pietro Consagra, and Elisabeth Schaar. You should also make time for GALLERY FIFTY ONE and its solo presentation of the work of local artist Katrien De Blauwer, whose recent collage works are “full of movement, sensuality and, above all, mystery,” as the gallery explains. Be sure to also visit Zeno X Gallery while you’re at it, where German artist Grace Schwindt presents delicate work in a variety of media, such as ceramics, glass, and watercolor.

Looks like Antwerp is due for a weekend of cold and rain, so I’m afraid you’ll have to bundle up while you’re out there. Find artnet’s full list of picks below, and happy art hunting.


Exhibition:Always Trust the Artist
 January 25–March 17, 2018
Tim van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23-25, Antwerp, Belgium

“Recall Sculpture” installation view. Courtesy of the Middelheim Museum.

Exhibition:Recall Sculpture
 October 28–March 18, 2018
Middelheim Museum, Middelheimlaan 61, Antwerp, Belgium

Elke Andreas Boon. Courtesy of Annie Gentils Gallery.

Exhibition:Elke Andreas Boon: On a mangé tous le chocolat
 January 21–March 18, 2018
Annie Gentils Gallery, Peter Benoitstraat 40, Antwerp, Belgium

“Saburo Murakami” installation view. Courtesy of Axel Vervoordt Gallery.

Exhibition:Saburo Murakami
 November 30, 2017–March 24, 2018
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Stokerijstraat 19, Wijnegem, Belgium

Katrien de Blauwer, Inappropriate (26) (2017). Courtesy of GALLERY FIFTY ONE.

Exhibition:Double by Katrien De Blauwer
 February 9–April 7, 2018
GALLERY FIFTY ONE, Hofstraat 2, Antwerp, Belgium

“ImmoRefugee.” Courtesy of Tique | art space.

 March 29–April 14, 2018
Tique | art space, Korte Vlierstraat 5, Antwerp, Belgium

Grace Schwindt, For the Afterlife (2018). Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery.

Exhibition:Grace Schwindt: Silent Dance
 March 7–April 28, 2018
Zeno X Gallery, Godsstraat 15, Antwerp, Belgium

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Self-portrait (1970). Courtesy of M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp.

 February 9–May 13, 20178
Where: M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Leuvenstraat 32, Antwerp, Belgium

“Eating Each Other” poster. Courtesy of Extra City Kunsthal.

Exhibition:Eating Each Other: On the dynamics of reappropriation
 March 24–July 1, 2018
Extra City Kunsthal, Eikelstraat 25, Antwerp, Belgium


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