ABC Klubhuis is an artist run initiative founded by 6 Icelandic artists whom have been living or studying in Belgium for the past years. ABC Klubhuis is run by Baldvin Einarsson, Guðlaug Mía Eyþórsdóttir, Helgi Þórsson, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir, Kristín Karólína Helgadóttir and Valgerður Sigurðardóttir
Groot of klein
ABC Klubhuis presents Helgi Thorsson an Icelandic artist well known for his unique fashionable works that leaves no soul untouched. Helgi was travelling with the Smyril Line, when we caught up with him on the phone. Helgi told us that he is working in small working spaces these days and has to make some of his ideas in miniature models, his studio is the size of a toilet at the moment. “In the final stages of preparation for the exhibition it will all be made in the right scale” Helgi says. “But how can you know the right size I ask? Well?...” There’s a disruption on the line, he manages to tell me that there will be other works than miniature ones and he will celebrate Antwerp Art Weekend with a book release at the Klubhuis.
4 April–25 May
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 59, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 465 27 60 27, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Helgi Thorsson, Courtesy of ABC Klubhuis
Artist Driven Space A free random shuttle service between the participating galleries, museums and art spaces of Antwerp Art Weekend. During these tours, passengers are able to listen to sound files from the participating artists via the sound system of the car. This mobile event will start every day from the central Art Weekend location: De Studio. Passengers themselves indicate to which location they want to be brought. Participating artists are Bettina Hutschek, Camille Cluzan, Dennis Tyfus, Ersi Varveri, Esther Venrooy, Gijs Waterschoot, Hard End Soft, Jan Gordts, Karina Beumer, Kris Van Dessel, Lieven Segers, Maika Garnica, Ria Pacquée, Rien Schellemans, Tram Scawped, a.o.
Artist Driven Space is organized by Artist Run Space, a mobile display for international contemporary art, founded in the beginning of 2019.
Starts at De Studio, Maarschalk Gerardstraat 4, 2000 Antwerpen
T +32 497 44 98 88
Image: Tram Scawped, 2018, Courtesy of Artist Driven Space
CLAPTRAP (noun) / klaptrap/ absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas, pretentious nonsense. CLAPTRAP is a new initiative led by artist Leo Alessandro Lopez born from the will to provide a professional and free-minded space to showcase the work of international young emerging contemporary artists and forward-thinkers of all kind. Located in the basement of the 31 Wolstraat building, headquarters of the artists collective ERCOLA, one of the oldest and still active groups of the Antwerp art scene (since 1968), CLAPTRAP is determined to pursue its heritage by providing a polyvalent space for dialogue and experimentation.
What’s He Building in There
The exhibition What’s He Building in There, reference to a song by Tom Waits, will be the inaugural show hosted at CLAPTRAP. It will display a series of works by young international artists all actively working to shape a new narrative in the contemporary arts. Deciding to engage with materiality as a whole, giving it motion, strength or fragility, the oeuvres of each artist belongs to now. Reaching the importance of tactility, the stimulation of senses and the experience of simply being. Participating artist: Leendert Van Accoleyen (BE), Timothée de Brouwer (BE), Doris Hardeman (NL), Leo Alessandro Lopez (FR), Azuli Peeters (SA), Albert Riera Galceran (ES) and Robert Soroko (BE).
Opening 16 May at 18h
Wolstraat 31, 2000 Antwerpen
T +32 487 70 25 86
Image: Azuli Peeters, Angie, 2018, Courtesy of CLAPTRAP
Committed to pursuing meaningful and longterm collaborations with artists and other initiatives locally and abroad, Drop City was founded in 2014 in the English city of Newcastle upon Tyne as a platform for collaborative process, taking on various models and roles: gallery, host, publisher, guest. Drop City’s continuously responsive approach to its programming structure and locations fosters the emergence of new perspectives and paradigms of cultural hospitality. As of 2019 operating on an occasional basis from the inner-city garden at the home and studio of its founders, artist Eleanor Wright and curator Sam Watson, Drop City encourages new developments in contemporary art stemming from the practices of artists and other practitioners. Selected collaborations: M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art and AIR Antwerpen; PUBLICS, Helsinki; The Pink House, Antwerp; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Poppositions, Brussels; Arcade, London; Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf; ARCOmadrid; Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf; Saskia Gevaert, Brussels; Durham Castle Museum; MAUVE, Vienna; Laing Art Museum, Newcastle.
The Studio for Arousing Tools
Launching Drop City’s permanent location in Antwerp, artists Jani Ruscica (FI), Christian Jendreiko (DE) and Angus Carlyle (UK) will be brought together as part of The Studio for Arousing Tools: a space for sharing experiences, opinions and desires, taking shape around intimate assemblies developed with a multiplicity of collaborators. Though distinct in their methods, each artist explores the possibilities of working with sound and approaches to developing works incrementally, often involving others in the work’s manifestation. The Studio for Arousing Tools will provide a space for reflection, (re-)imagination and further investigation of slower approaches to working within Drop City’s inner city garden throughout the weekend.
Opening 16 May from 18h–21h
GLV, Osystraat 45, 2060 Antwerp
T +32 483 23 83 35, email@example.com
Image: Jani Ruscica, Ring Tone (en plein air), 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anhava
Flasher! is an artist run, non-profit art space residing inside a trench coat. As follows, it does not have a set location, Flasher! will be walking around, popping up and flashing it’s exhibitions to willing and unwilling spectators. Flasher! aims to bring exhibitions intuitively and at a fast pace. It derives its concept from the idea of a street salesperson, flashing their trench coat with jewelry or watches mounted on the inside. All of the imagery surrounding Flasher! therefore refers to someone hiding something inside their coat, with nodges to the origins of the trench coat’s popularity as a military jacket in the Britsh Army and the original Burberry trench, as well as using items that can be added to clothing, such as labels, pins and patches, to promote Flasher! and its exhibitions. The art inside Flasher! will be small and practical, making for deliberate in-situ-type exhibitions that can happen anywhere at anytime.
For the Antwerp Art Weekend of 2019, Flasher! invites MinamiShogoKazuki (MSK), a Japanese collective from Sapporo comprising of three artists: M = Itsuki Kaito (H.R Cointoss, Painter), S = Shogo Shimizu (Artist, Director of 4649) and K = Kazquiz (Mega Manga Otaku, Director of KG CORNER PRINTING). The artists have been friends since high school. Flasher! will walk around the city of Antwerp during the Antwerp Art Weekend, showing the exhibition to anyone who asks or doesn’t ask.
Flasher! will be walking around the city of Antwerp
T +32 494 05 51 91, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Kaito Itsuki, 2018, Courtesy of the artist
In 2012, Rens Cools set up an artist initiative called GALLERY GALLERY. The platform started off as a web space presenting artists, with curated online exhibitions and live feeds of performances. In 2018, GALLERY GALLERY established a foothold in 2140 Antwerp (Borgerhout). GALLERY GALLERY is a non-profit artist-run initiative organising one-time events focusing on post-conceptual art.
Evelin Brosi & Elvis Bonier
It is most likely that Evelin Brosi & Elvis Bonier will present an installaton that builds on the work ‘trying to fall asleep with the index-finger stuck on the z-key (20:00 – 08:00)’ that was performed in the Beursschouwburg in 2018. At present (March 2019) switches, buttons and their dumb behaviour hold an unhealthy fascination for Brosi & Bonier and as cultural devices and techniques they play a crucial role in the artist(s)’s ever failing attempt to turn the power of repetition against repetition.
Schoenstraat 58, 2140 Borgerhout
T +32 495 62 83 99, email@example.com
Image: Evelin Brosi & Elvis Bonier, Courtesy of the artist
Pinkie Bowtie is an artist-led enterprise born out of a desire to fill the gap between the institution, the commercial and the independent art space. A joint exploration towards self-determination. Pinkie Bowtie functions as a platform for collaborative working practices and aims to (re)present, communicate, distribute and sell the work of its artists. It acts as a blueprint of their practice, wanting to amplify and materialise their artistic attitude to the world. Pinkie Bowtie is operating out of a space at Wolstraat 31 in Antwerp, which also houses its archive and a shop with artist editions. Artists: Vaast Colson, Peter Fengler, Dennis Tyfus
Dogshop Daisy (2019)
Pinkie Bowtie proudly presents the master of appropriation; Guillaume Bijl. His intervention will direct Pinkie Bowtie’s future. Thus not a swan song but a new perspective. Cultural appropriation is the act of taking over, borrowing, recuperating or using elements of a certain culture by another culture. Some criticize cultural appropriation, especially when formal elements of a social-ethnic minority are used by members of a dominant culture. Often coinciding with stereotyping and putative political correctness. In this case Pinkie Bowtie willingly goes along with the take over and relishes the idea of a shared shift in perspective. ‘Upgraded’ döner with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds will be served during the opening.
16 May–16 June
Opening 16 May from 18h-22h
Wolstraat 31, 2000 Antwerpen
Image: Guillaume Bijl, Dogshop Daisy, Courtesy of the artist
Pulsar is an independent artist-run space, founded by David Wauters. Bypassing both market trends and curatorial discourse, Pulsar has been engaged in a variety of artistic collaborations involving upcoming and established artists from Belgium and abroad.
The Circle Club
Since January 2019 Pulsar has been home to a group of contemporary abstract artists, called The Circle Club. They have regular meetings where they bring along works that are subjected to critique, admiration and/ or mockery. Some works stay, some don’t. Ever since the first meeting a collection of abstract art has been growing steadily on the walls of Pulsar. This collection is now on display. The Circle Club members are David Wauters, Boy & Erik Stappaerts, Timothy Segers, Henk Delabie, Filip Collin, Jef Meyer, Luc Coeckelberghs, Kris Burm, Philip Janssens Tamara Van San, Manu Engelen and Ina Leys.
The Circle Club
Opening 16 May at 18h
T +32 479 90 85 74
Image: Boy & Erik Stappaerts, Hip Hop Dancefloor, Beginning of the Second Gulf War,
Courtesy of Pulsar
Showhouse JayJay is an initiative by artists Heidi Ukkonen and Ralf Kokke. Their goal is to offer a platform to artists based in the Netherlands and Belgium where they can work together and find the freedom to build their own exhibitions. Heidi and Ralf want to focus on the work process that goes hand in hand with the organization of exhibitions because they realize that artists enjoy collaboration and creating a good presentation as much as the vernissage and the exhibition itself. Collaboration is the key word in Showhouse JayJay. Artists share knowledge, experiences and inspiration with each other during the setting up. Thanks to this, new friendships and collaborations emerge, and artists share their networks with each other. Heidi and Ralf have created a space where both artists and visitors can feel at home. The Showhouse is a project space where established and emerging artists meet. This is why Showhouse JayJay has developed in a short time to be a meeting place for artists, collectors and gallery owners.
My Biggest Small
What is the impact of a small work in a big space? Is it possible for a small format work of art to compete with a large format work? The artists in “My Biggest Small” show how their smallest paintings can attract attention, and how they treat the subject in relation to the format. During this show we test the artists’ ability to form a cohesive body of paintings which increase the visual perception of small format works. Participating artists: Stijn Bastianen, Kristien Dirkx, Joost Elschot, Raquel van Haver, Ralf Kokke, Bent van Looy, Hélène Meyer, Micha Patiniott, Tom Poelmans, Marie Reintjes, Fleur de Roeck, Valgerður Sigurðardóttir, Charline Tyberghein, Hannelore Vandepoel, Samuel Vanderveken, Heidi Ukkonen & Mila Xinyue.
My Biggest Small
Opening 16 May at 18h
Jacob Jordaensstraat 67
T +31 67 94 89 50
Image: My biggest small, Courtesy of Showhouse Jay Jay
Souterrain is an exhibition space run by visual artist Lieven Segers. Yorgos Maraziotis and Jesus Eloy take over the historical site of Souterrain and architecturally intervene in space with the aim to create a site-specific installation that plays between reality and fiction.
With the usage of different medium such as sculptures, paintings and found material of an every day aesthetic, the two multidisciplinary artists focus on creating a landscape that narrates different realities and blends the notions of existence, safety, violence and rawness. The audience is invited to enter the whole created landscape, wonder around its full of humour and irony elements, and become part of it by experiencing the different tensions between their soma and the body of the artworks. Banjobella can be viewed as an idea or a medium through which, Yorgos Maraziotis and Jesus Eloy search for a “New World”.
Yorgos Maraziotis & Jesus Eloy
Opening 16 May at 18h
T +32 478 42 44 35
Image: Yorgos Maraziotis & Jesus Eloy, Courtesy of Souterrain
The Mothership is an artist initiative / small art space founded by Veronik Willems and co-run by Sophie Anson, Josine De Roover, Koen Sels and Rinus Van de Velde. We organize exhibitions by fellow artists with various artistic and other backgrounds. To do so, we start from artistic affinity and try to ignore a few (often artificial) boundaries and parameters, such as age, aesthetics, medium, genre, concept, (local) scene and so on. Not because categories and ideas do not matter, but because today it seems better to be aesthetically fluid and open, than to wallow in a sad narcissism of small differences. Ian Smith, ‘Landscape with car drama and other works’
Ian Smith (1950) is an Australian painter of energetic works that move back and forth between figuration and abstraction. Once based in Antwerp, he has been living and working in Brisbane for a long time now. The Mothership will present a few works spanning a decade-long carreer.
Landscape with car drama and other works
16 May–9 June,
Opening 16 May at 18h
Albert Grisarstraat 52
T +32 479 24 23 61
Image: Ian Smith, Landscape with car drama, 2015, Courtesy of The Mothership
The Pink House is a self-organised artistrun space, situated in the north of Antwerp. An old house with three floors and painted in pink, for the last two decades has enabled and hosted many happenings across many different art forms, also constantly changing the group of inhabitants there and the working models according to what each group was envisioning. At the moment the place combines living space, shared studios, a guest room and a ground floor space suitable to host events.
CineHS • Introduction
[...] can be inside, outside, where peoplelike to gather? and it’s not only about the plot and the special effects, it’s also about the moving, of course, or dreaming, the sitting in the dark and watching inside the big story, The story! or a story that you are telling me and you have to whisper and then I can imagine, also the sitting-next-to and the popcorn, and always someone coming in late with the street lights following -lost the beginning! and then one is coughing and you miss the line, but ok because all together look there!! Look!! But also ‘Luke I am your father’ things like that@ N.N.
CineHS • Introduction
Camille Cluzan, Rien Schellemans, Daniel Van Espen, Ersi Varveri, Gijs Waterschoot
Image: Bela Kaboo, VHS Diaries, 2014, courtesy of the artist
Troebel Neyntje is a non-realistic initative, presenting an edition called “Shelf Publishing”, which will be at INBOX in, M HKA. Zena Van den Block, Idris Sevenans, Werner de Vos, Robby Blondbaard, J.Krissis, Dries Van Laethem, Lisa Vantorre, Nienke Baeckelandt, Jolijn Baeckelandt, Tone Pauwels, Nicolas Bal, Larsen Bervoets, Maika Garnica, Thomas Willemen, Jo Caimo, Saskia Van der Gucht, Jan Dewanckel, Rien Schellemans, AARS, Damien De Lepeleire, Hans Theys, Kristo & Kristo, Michela Dal Brollo, Amber Vanluffelen, Flexboj&LA
Non-realistic initiative Troebel Neyntje invites its friends together with Dr J.S. Stroop to dig in their shelves and drawers to reconstruct a new edition, in shape of a shelf and an archival drawer, entitled “Shelf Publishing”. Of course with the full support of the vzw English Language Jokes for Dutch Speaking People. Flauwe kul will never die!
Troebel Neyntje and friends
2 May–2 June
Image: Troebel Neyntje, Shelf Publishing, Courtesy of Troebel Neyntje
Brothers Tuur & Flup Marinus work as an artist duo across various contemporary art disciplines, ao dance, performance, painting, comics... Recurring themes in their work (in painting and performance) are reflections on the imprint of decades of colonial imagery that are constituent of the Flemish cultural archive. In 2016 they showed their 16 pages trompe-l’oeil oil painted copies of their childhood stamp collection of “Belgisch Congo Belge” in Antwerp Art Weekend. In another line of their work (in comic drawings, paintings and collages) Tuur & Flup Marinus research on the correlations between the concepts of “man/male”, “monumentality” and “crisis”.
Men & Monumentality
In the exposition “Men & Monumentality” brothers Tuur & Flup Marinus will research if via cartoon related imagery they can create a new openness (in the visual arts) in regards to the coagulation of the concepts “men” and “monumentality”. Tuur & Flup Marinus are putting themselves to the test to find whether masculinity can find another way out of its crisis then a clinging to bygone notions of monumentality.
Men & Monumentality
Tuur & Flup Marinus, Men & Monumentality, Courtesy of the artists