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OFF Programme: Highlights outside Brussels




Netwerk Aalst

Dialogues with people [...]
With her films, sound works and installations, Imogen Stidworthy asks how we experience and shape an understanding of our selves and our social relationships when words are not a given. What other forms of meaning and communication emerge at the borders of language?
Artist: Imogen Stidworthy
Curated by Piet Mertens and Pieternel Vermoortel

15 Houtkaai
9300 Aalst
Tue to Sun 1 pm - 6 pm

Photo: 'Iris [A Fragment]', video still, Imogen Stidworthy 2018


FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerpen

Photobook Belge
Photobooks have been one of the most effective means of expression for photographers since photography began. They remain in circulation, are portable and can be reissued, thus reaching a larger public than an exhibition ever could. Photobook Belge provides an overview of the evolution of the Belgian photobook from the mid-19th century to today. 

Sébastien Reuzé

Hotel Solaire is French photographer Sébastien Reuzé’s (FR, °1970) first major museum exhibition in Belgium. The dominant theme is the expressiveness of colour. Reuzé develops most of his own work in the darkroom, where he plays with various light-emitting sources. Reuzé takes the viewer into a fictional landscape bathed in the warm glow of an omnipresent sun.

Hannah Darabi, Enghelab Street, A revolution through Books, Iran 1979-1983
FOMU presents Iranian artist Hannah Darabi’s (IR, 1981) collection of unique photographic and political books to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. By bringing together works published between 1979 and 1983 Hannah Darabi takes us to the heart of the intense political period that breathed new life into Iranian photography. The project is a collaboration between the artist and LE BAL Paris.

Restricted Images, made with the Warlpiri of Central Australia – Patrick Waterhouse
For the past 7 years, Patrick Waterhouse has created an extensive archive of colonial representations of Australia. He also took photographs in the Warlpiri communities in Central Australia. Local artists from the Warlukurlangu Art Center appropriated both the historical collection and his photographs by using the traditional Aboriginal technique of dot painting.

47 Waalsekaai
2000 Antwerp 
Tue to Sun 10 am - 6 pm

Photo: © FOMU / Alexey Shlyk




Kunsthal Extra City

Deadly Affairs. On environmental injustice through toxic trades
We are living in an age in which human impact on the planet is so terrifyingly profound that it shall leave its traces for millennia to come. At the heart of this accelerating planetary change, lies the excessive and expanding modes of extraction, production, and disposal necessary to support the perpetual economic growth inherent to the modern, and particularly western, project. The exhibition looks into how the privileges we live in right now, the rights our forms of citizenship grant us, are possible only by the exploitation of land and the environment of others outside the confines of our European jurisdictions. ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ follows the flow of exploitation of labor, land and resources from the heart of Europe towards a space outside of its borders and focuses on the complexities surrounding toxic waste trade.
Artists: Boris Anje, Adrien Tirtiaux, Don´t Follow the Wind, Franziska Pierwoss, Hira Nabi, Jessika Kharzik, Neda Saeedi, Valentino Bellini, Various Artists/ Aka Trudo Engels, Daniel Lambo, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand, among others
Curated by Antonia Alampi
Research by Caroline Ektander

29 Eikelstraat
2600 Antwerpen
Wed to Sun 1 pm – 6 pm

Photo: Pierre Malychef, Jessika Khazrik or The Society of False Witnesses, "Content, Contact and Danger", photography, 1995-2015-ongoing




M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art

Laure Prouvost
This exhibition will be the largest organised to date on the practice of artist Laure Prouvost. Offering a wide-angle panorama of Prouvost’s career – ranging from a key selection of her formative “monologue” video works, through to recent major installations – the exhibition will seek to portray the work of an artist developing complex thought through artistic languages. Taking a more acute direction, this museum survey will delve into the philosophical depths of Prouvost’s work, and will consider notions of language and communication, particularly of pre-verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as their incompatibility with the verbal.
Curated by Nav Haq

32 Leuvenstraat
2000 Antwerp
Tue to Sun 11 am - 6 pm
Thu 11 am - 9 pm

Photo: Laure Prouvost, The Wanderer (still), courtesy of the artist

Middelheim Museum

The Middelheim Museum is a unique treasure in Antwerp. The open-air museum provides a fascinating overview of more than one hundred years of modern and contemporary art, with major artists as Auguste Rodin, Rik Wouters, Henry Moore, Juan Muñoz, Carl Andre, Panamarenko, Franz West, Erwin Wurm, Richard Deacon and many others. Every year the museum sends out an invitation to renowned and promising artists to interact with the endless opportunities offered by the park and the existing collection. This inspires them to create new work, custom-made for the Middelheim Museum. The welcoming art park, free of charge, enchants more than 500,000 visitors every year.

61 Middelheimlaan 

2020 Antwerpen
Tue to Sun from 10 am - 7 pm
Closed on Mon

Photo: Jesse Willems


For its second collaboration with a/political, BPS22 stages an exhibition with two Russian artists from different generations: Erik Bulatov and Andrei Molodkin. Bulatov was born in 1933 and started his career on the margins of the official state art in the USSR, while interacting a lot with Kabakov. Molodkin was born in 1966 and got his artistic education during the end of the USSR. The confrontation of both artists in an exhibition is a first and retraces in the background a part of the history of the twentieth century.

22 Boulevard Solvay
6000 Charleroi
Tue to Sun from 10 am - 6 pm

Photo: © Erik Bulatov






Musée de la Photographie

Songs of the Walés
Songs of the Walés is the outcome of various stays made by Patrick Willocq in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo,
in an Africa where he lived part of his childhood and his teenage years. 
Artist: Patrick Willocq

Dans mon jardin les fleurs dansent
“In my garden, flowers dance” is a challenging title, to say the least, for an exhibition of photographs, but it is indeed the title chosen by Olivier Cornil to illustrate a photographic narrative through writing and photography.
Artist: Olivier Cornil

L’expérience photographique
When people hear the name of Jacques Meuris, they think spontaneously of the man of letters, rather than the photographer or theoretician. An atypical figure in the Belgian postwar cultural sphere, he is the author of many texts, whether literary, poetical or critical.
Artist: Jacques Meuris

11 Avenue Paul Pastur (GPS: Place des Essarts)
6032 Charleroi
Tue to Sun 10 am - 6 pm

Photo: © Patrick Willocq / courtesy Project 2.0 / Gallery

Design Museum Gent

OBJECT STORIES. A Look at the Collection
Object Stories offers a new look at the richness of Belgium’s largest design collection. The presentation features some 200 objects from 1805 until today. It combines both highlights and favourites chosen from a historical and personal perspective by various museum staff members. The collection pieces do not serve a theme or a chronological macro-history. Instead, the objects themselves attract the attention, as individual narrators of stories and meaning.

5 Jan Breydelstraat
9000 Ghent
Mon to Fri 9:30 -5:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Wed

Photo: © Design Museum Gent / photo Michiel De Cleene


Herbert Foundation

Time Extended / 1964 - 1978. Part III: Works and Documents from the Herbert Foundation
The long-term exhibition project Time Extended / 1964 – 1978 has reached its concluding chapter with Part III. The presentation sheds light upon the first generation of artists who have been part of the Herbert Collection since 1973 by disclosing a revised selection of works and documents.

Artists: John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Luciano Fabro, Dan Flavin, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Niele Toroni, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Wilson.
Curated by Anton Herbert and Laura Hanssens

627 A Coupure Links
9000 Ghent
Special opening hours during Art Brussels:
Sat 2 pm - 5 pm

Photo: Gilbert & George, Inca Pisco (A Drinking Sculpture) (1973) and Richard Long, Slate Circle (1979) in Time Extended / 1964 – 1978. Part III. Herbert Foundation, Ghent. Photo: Y. van der Hoeven.







Opening Friday 26 April at 8 pm to 11 pm

Family Nexus 
In 2008 Belgian artist Sophie Nys (1974) buried a time capsule in the venue that KIOSK was located in at the time. Approximately ten years later, Nys will present a solo exhibition in KIOSK’s current venue.
Artist: Sophie Nys
Curated by Wim Waelput

2 Louis Pasteurlaan
9000 Ghent
Mon to Fri 2 pm - 6 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am - 6 pm

Photo: Odeon, 2018 (Courtesy Sophie Nys & Galerie Greta Meert)



Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Fringe. William N. Copley, Saskia Pintelon & Jenny Watson
This exhibition brings together artists who work(ed) mainly outside the regular art scene in Europe and America and develop(ed) an oeuvre that is highly innovative but resolutely defies any classification.

Five artists from the archives and collection of Jan Hoet
In dialogue with the family five artists were selected with whom Jan Hoet had a special collaboration during his life: Marina Abramovic, Michael Buthe, Mario Merz, Panamarenko en Royden Rabinowitch.

14 Museumlaan
9831 Deurle
Wed to Sun 10 am - 5 pm

Photo: Fringe - William N. Copley, Saskia Pintelon & Jenny Watson. Courtesy museum Dhondt - Dhaenens / foto’s: Rik Vannevel

Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent

MSK & S.M.A.K. Back & forth
On the occasion of the 20-year anniversary of the S.M.A.K., three iconic works are temporarily returning this year to the place where nearly 45 years ago, everything began. The presentation is framed within the context of Back & Forth, a long-running trajectory of the MSK and the S.M.A.K., in which we highlight and update the relationship between the two museums.
The Aeromodeller by Panamarenko (°1940) and Wirtschaftswerte by Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) made up a part of the extremely modern and pertinent to the times overview exhibition, Art in Europe after '68. Le Décor et son double by Daniel Buren (°1938) was the only work in 1986 from the highly talked about exhibition Chambres d'amis that was not only present in the city but also in the museum itself. As such, until the autumn of this year, these three works of art shall again be on view in the halls of the MSK.
Artists: Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren and Panamarenko 
Curated by Cathérine Verleysen en Johan De Smet

1 F. Scribedreef
9000 Ghent
Tue to Fri 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10 am – 6 pm

Photo: Panamarenko, The 'Aeromodeller', 1969-71, collectie S.M.A.K.


Grand Hornu



20 years
The Collection (1) | Highlights for a Future

In 2019, S.M.A.K. will be twenty years old. Reason enough to fill the whole museum with a selection from the collection for the first time. We shall lead you into the labyrinth of contemporary art on the basis of about 200 works (10% of the whole collection). In this exhibition we are not only looking back, but also at the present and the future. You will see parts of the S.M.A.K. collection as you never have before: from iconic art and works by well-known artists to hidden gems from the collection, supplemented by purchases made over the last twenty years.
Artists include: Francis Alÿs, Kader Attia, Francis Bacon, Dara Birnbaum, Michaël Borremans, Marcel Broodthaers, N. Dash, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Marlene Dumas, Mekhitar Garabedian, Zvi Goldstein, David Hammons, Georg Herold, Ann Veronica Janssens, Surasi Kusolwong, Jac Leirner, Mark Manders, Panamarenko, Zhang Peili, Wilhelm Sasnal, Nedko Solakov, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Luc Tuymans, Lois Weinberger, James Welling and many others.

Curated by Philippe Van Cauteren in collaboration with Iris Paschalidis, Jeroen Staes and Thibaut Verhoeven.

1 Jan Hoetplein
9000 Ghent
Tue to Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10 am - 6 pm

Photo: Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled (blue glitter), 2015, blauwe glitter, afmetingen variabel, Photo: Dirk Pauwels


Fiona Tan. L'Archive des ombres
The MAC’s will present L’Archive des Ombres, the first museum exhibition in Belgium by Fiona Tan, an internationally renowned artist who for the past 20 years has been exploring the realms of memory through her installations which combine photographs, videos, films, drawings and archive documents. For the occasion, Fiona Tan will at the same time be showing two videos which are emblematic of her approach, the result of her research during her residency into the Paul Otlet archives, at the Mundaneum.
Curated by Denis Gielen

82 Rue Sainte-Louise
7301 Hornu
Tue to Sun 10 am - 6 pm

Photo: Depot, HD installation, 2015. Color, stereo, 22’40’’ loop.



Dissidence. Quilting Against
Ten (inter)national designers address themes such as ecology, feminism, colonialism, unfair trade, and the fashion industry. They do so from four different perspectives: historical, economic, activist, and technical. The end result is a collection of contemporary quilts that are a tribute to the legacy of the beguines. And a protest statement. 
Artists: Bettie Boersma, Hanne De Wyngaert, Shayli Harrison, Nienke Hoogvliet, Aya Kawabata, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, William Ludwig Lutgens, Charlotte-Maëva Perret, Pinar&Viola, Raf Simons.
Curated by Ronald Clays

Navine G. Khan-Dossos. Shoot the women first

Shoot The Women First is the first solo exhibition in Belgium by Athens based artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos. With several choreographical elements of a shooting range, she focuses on issues of gendered violence and the woman’s body as a primary ground of exploitation and resistance.
Curated by Silvia Franceschini

33 Zuivelmarkt
3500 Hasselt
Tue to Fri 10 am - 5 pm
Sat to Sun 1 pm - 5 pm

Photo: Navine G. Khan-Dossos. Pink Discretionary Command Photo © Kristof Vrancken

La Louvière



Centre de la gravure et de l’Image Imprimée

Bientôt déjà hier. Métamorphoses et écoulement du temps
The Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Impimée presents a group show with artists from its collection whose works reflect on the passage of time.
Artists: Christiane Baumgartner, Kikie Crêvecoeur, David de Tscharner Michel François, Carsten Höller, Roman Opalka, Luc Tuymans
Curated by Catherine de Braekeleer

10 rue des Amours
7100 La Louvière
Tue to Sun from 10 - 6 pm

Photo: Carole Benzaken, Candide, 2000. Lithographie, 2000 x 5,8 cm. Collection de la ville de La Louvière ©Carole Benzaken



M-Museum Leuven

Pieter Vermeersch
Painting is at the centre of the artistic practice of Pieter Vermeersch (1973). His canvases mostly relate to other media, such as photography and architecture. Space, time and colour are key concepts in his exhibitions, many of which consist of total installations. He is presenting a selective overview of his work from the past twenty years at M, in five monumental rooms.
Curated by Eva Wittocx

28 Leopold Vanderkelenstraat
3000 Leuven
Mon to Sun 11 am - 6 pm
Thu 11 am - 10 pm
Closed on Wed

Photo: © Miles Fischler

The Great Ephemeral Skin

Ephemeral Skins
In her paintings, works on paper and painterly installations, Hadassah Emmerich (° 1974, Heerlen, NL) interweaves various themes such as identity and the body, representations of 'the exotic' and the dialogue between abstraction and figuration. Emmerich selects material from, among other things, vintage photography books, texts, advertisements and art historical reference books, which is then forged into a new composition through a process of photomontage. This composition is transferred to the canvas by a combination of painting and printing. In her work, Emmerich creates her own universe in which tropical colors and cool shades of gray merge, where graphic silhouettes stop at ephemeral backgrounds and where references to modernist paintings are integrated within an urban context. Through this 'fusion painting' Emmerich attempts to unravel the concept of multiculturalism in a pictorial way. Hadassah Emmerich studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts, the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (BE) and obtained a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London.
Curator: Koen Leemans

12A Onder den Toren
2800 Mechelen
Thu to Sun 1 pm - 6 pm

Photo: Hadassah Emmerich, Cold shoulder series, 2016. Courtesy the artist, Studio Johan Nieuwenhuize and Caldic Collection – Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar




Museum Hof van Busleyden

It almost seemed a lily
Museum Hof van Busleyden is presenting monumental work by Berlinde De Bruyckere (1964, Ghent). The world-famous Belgian artist engages in a dialogue with the
museum’s masterpieces, the newly restored ‘Enclosed Gardens’, which have recently begun to attract considerable interest once again.
Artist: Berlinde De Bruyckere

2a Sint-Janstraat
2800 Mechelen
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Thu 10 am – 10 pm
Closed on Wed

Photo: Lieve Watteeuw en Berlinde De Bruyckere © Mirjam Devriendt


Tornado – Pascale Marthine Tayou
Tornado is Pascale Marthine Tayou’s solo exhibition in Mu.ZEE. It is the conclusion of an intense collaboration that began in early 2018 with a ‘prologue’ entitled Ik ben Gentenaar. During this time – and in anticipation of the exhibition – an artwork was added at regular intervals to the collection presentations in Mu.ZEE. Tayou challenged the museum not to play it safe but to start working with him from day one. The prologue Ik ben Gentenaar comprises five proverbial ‘chapters’, which in the exhibition Tornado are rewritten and supplemented with an explosion of images, words, stories and emotions. Tornado brings a limited selection of existing artworks from the artist’s rich oeuvre into dialogue with mainly new creations and site-specific installations.
Curated by Mieke Mels

11 Romestraat
8400 Ostend
Tue to Sun 10 am - 6 pm

Photo: ©Pascale Marthine Tayou – foto Steven Decroos

Vanmoerkerke Collection

Return to Sender Part II
Artists include: Alighiero Boetti, Robert Longo, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, among others.

10 Oud Vliegveld
8400 Ostend
Only by appointment via


Photo: Robert Longo, Men in the Cities (Frank, Gretchen, Eric, Cindy, Edmund, Anne ), 1982 - 1985. Copyright: Daniël De Kievith 




de la tranquilité/van het verpozen
For the exhibition ‘De la tranquilité/van het verpozen’ two art platforms on opposites sides of the Belgian language border join forces. Each institution invited artists that show in both locations thus creating new connections and echoing the concepts of hospitality and tranquility.
Artists: Marc Angeli, Herman Asselberghs, Raphaël Buedts & Christine Couvent, Sylvie Canonne, Alexia Creusen, Dieter Daemen, Alice De Mont, Willy De Sauter, Frank Depoorter, Sarah De Vos, Alain Janssens, Maurice Pirenne, Sarah Westphal
Curated by Ann Cesteleyn, Frank Maes and Pierre Mossoux

26 Grote Markt
8620 Veurne
Sat to Sun 2 pm - 6 pm or by appointment at

Photo: Willy De Sauter, Z.T., 1999. © Willy De Sauter


Paradise Prototypes & Other Deconstructions
In his work and life, Stief DeSmet (°1973, BE) is preoccupied by the ambiguous relationship between nature and culture and the manipulation of nature by human hands and vice versa. His studio practice is not focused on one medium, instead he switches easily between painting and sculpture, video or performance. De Smet will show a series of new works and will foster a dialogue between his personal, visual language and the architecture of Be-Part.
Artist: Stief Desmet
Curated by Patrick Ronse

17 Westerlaan
8790 Waregem
Sun to Fri from 11 am - 5 pm
Special opening hours during Art Brussels:
Sat 11 am – 5 pm

Photo: Last Pick of the Season, 2015, Stief De Smet



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