Must-See Art Guide: Brussels

This week's guide include Louise Lawler, Claude Viallat, Jack Smith, and more.

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Harold Ancart, Untitled (Seascape) (2014). Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens.
Ayan Farah, Suez (Air) (2013). Courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery.
Leopold Rabus, Du dur au mou (2014). Courtesy of AEROPLASTICS Contemporary.
Claude Viallat, Sans titre n°13 (1996). Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Templon.
Ana Torfs, […] STAIN […] (2012). Courtesy of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre.
Mario Garcia Torres, Je ne sais si c’en est la cause (2009). Courtesy of Jan Mot.
Courtesy of Galerie Albert Baronian.
"Jack Smith: Theater and Performance Works," installation view. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
Thorsten Brinkmann, Donna di Smoothly (2014). Courtesy of Hopstreet Gallery.
Louise Lawler, Untitled. Courtesy of Galerie Greta Meert.

Brussels, the capital and largest city in Belgium, is also home to a burgeoning contemporary art scene. With no centralized art district, gallery hopping is the perfect way to experience every area of this vibrant city. Kicking off the first month of fall are a series of shows featuring everything from performance art and avant-garde works to paintings and sculptures. If this summer’s extensive roster of group shows left you wanting more, be sure to check out Aeroplastics Contemporary, exhibiting works by Katia Bourdarel, Axel Pahlavi, and Jerome Zonder, among others. Or, stop by Galerie Albert Baronian, where their group show, “Picture/Painting/Object,” will feature historical pieces from the French Supports/Surfaces movement, including works by the movement’s founder, Claude Viallat. Also showing works by Viallat is Galerie Daniel Templon, which is kicking off its new season with recent and older paintings by the artist. On tap at Galerie Greta Meert is Louise Lawler, whose show “No Drones,” last seen at Sprüth Magers in London, features black-and-white images traced from her iconic photographs, printed on vinyl and mounted directly on the wall. And don’t miss Jack Smith, whose show at Gladstone Gallery presents an exciting survey of performance and theater works from his storied career as a member of the New York underground theater scene in the 1970s. Whatever your preference, Brussels offers up more than enough artistic excursions to start your September off right.


Exhibition:Harold Ancart: Winning Colors

When: September 5–October 4, 2014

Where: Xavier Hufkens, rue St. Georges 6, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Ayan Farah: Notes On Running Water

When: September 10–November 12, 2014

Where: Almine Rech Gallery, 20 rue de L’abbaye Abdijstraat, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Prendre le temps d’un morceau d’odalisque

When: September 12–October 25, 2014

Where: AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, rue Blanche 32, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Claude Viallat

When: September 12–October 31, 2014

Where: Galerie Daniel Templon, rue de Veydt 13A – Veydtstraat 13A, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Ana Torfs: Echolalia

When: September 9–December 14, 2014

Where: WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Av. Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:A situation in which an argument can be discussed

When: September 13–October 31, 2014

Where: Jan Mot, rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 67, Brussels, Belgium



When: September 13–October 31, 2014

Where: Galerie Albert Baronian, 2 rue Isidore Verheyden, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Jack Smith: Theater and Performance Works

When: September 12–November 8, 2014

Where: Gladstone Gallery, rue du Grand Cerf 12, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Junk De Luxe & The Canaries

When: September 13–October 25

Where: Hopstreet Gallery, Sint-Jorisstraat 109, rue Saint-Georges, Brussels, Belgium


Exhibition:Louise Lawler: No Drones

When: September 13–November 8, 2014

Where: Galerie Greta Meert, Vaartstraat 13, Brussels, Belgium


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