Arte emerges from the arts and is shaped by them. What once began as a clothing label is gradually evolving into a multidisciplinary creative house. Graphic design and other visual arts have been at the base of Arte’s collections. Arte is a creative label, rather than just a clothing brand. Arte is a way of life that reflects a great sense for aesthetics and an out-of-the-box state of mind. The brand thrives for autonomy, authenticity and self confidence as they translate these values into their products, because that is what they believe in. Arte wants to make space for creators and creative notionalists of all kinds, because that is who they are. Arte is also the sponsor for the Antwerp Art Weekend 2019 tote bag.
Arte x Benny
For the Antwerp Art Weekend, Arte is collaborating with Antwerp based artist Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, following in a series of collaborations with artists from multiple disciplines. Benny’s work revolves around the self and the other, to see and to be seen, as well as working around a specific shape that has determined the visual style of many of his works. These are ceramic sculptures, paintings, drawings and collages, often with an underlying message buried within them. For their collaboration, Arte will be using some of Benny’s drawings and shapes as the base for new clothing pieces and the artist will be showing original works at Arte’s storefront.
16 May–16 June
Opening 16 May at 18h
Kammenstraat 54, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 485 08 17 35, email@example.com
Image: Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we are walking away from it, 2018, Courtesy of the artist
Originally launched to exist as a platform for emerging artists in 2015, the gallery has become a venue for discovering new talented artists. Art Gallery De Wael 15 hosts a vast variety of contemporary art exhibitions of the most prominent forms of visual art and creative media. The gallery is showing 8 exhibitions a year and also publishes catalogues and editions in collaboration with the artists.
Once we have acknowledged that what we perceive is a mirror image, we always begin from the principle that the mirror ‘tells the truth’. And it is so true that it does not even bother to reverse the image (as a printed photograph does to give us an illusion of reality). The mirror does not even allow us this tiny advantage that would make our perception or our judgement easier. A mirror does not ‘translate’; it records what struck it just as it is struck. It tells the truth to an inhuman extent, as it is well known by those who – facing a mirror – cannot any longer deceive themselves about their freshness. Our brain interprets retinal data; a mirror does not interpret an object.
28 April–26 May
Leopold De Waelstraat 15, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 479 57 54 09, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Greet Billet, Here, Courtesy of De Wael 15
Art Partout arises in 2007 from the common interest of 2 collectors in the graphic work of Luc Tuymans: Bart Van Acker and Gert Junes. At first Art Partout exists exclusively on line, but after a number of successful pop-up exhibitions, the initiative evolves into a ‘real’ gallery in Antwerp in the Kloosterstraat. At the end of 2017 Art Partout moved to the Antwerp “Eilandje” at the Willemdok. There we have a representative space where we regularly bring new graphic work and multiples from leading artists from home and abroad. Art Partout has always been focussing on the graphic work and the editions of Luc Tuymans over the years and therefore has a very extensive offering. Since a lot of works have already been handled by us, we dare to call ourselves specialists in this area.
Luc Tuymans: Printed in Antwerp
Art Partout will showcase an important selection from the graphic work of Luc Tuymans: all works printed in Antwerp in the studio of Roger Vandaele. We focus on the craftsmanship of master printer Roger Vandaele and the years of collaboration with Luc Tuymans. A complete overview of all works ever printed by Roger Vandaele commissioned by Luc Tuymans: 33 silkscreen prints issued over a period of 25 years: from 1990 to 2015.
16 May–30 June
Opening 16 May at 18h
Napoleonkaai 39, 2000 Antwerpen
T +32 475 66 12 59, email@example.com
Image: Luc Tuymans, X-Phone, 2011, Courtesy of Art Partout
In the framework of the larger city-wide project that is Antwerp Art Weekend, Ballroom wants to offer a space for outside galleries to be present through a creative, dynamic and artistic platform, without losing sight of the commercial aspect. The aim is to put together a project that straddles the line between art exhibition and commercial platform, between expo and sale, starting from an invited selection of like-minded galleries. The project space itself – the ‘ballroom’ of Pekfabriek – has an open character that above all exudes a distinctive ‘out-of-thebox’ impression.
In order to ensure a dynamic energy for the project, Ballroom is reaching out to Dutch and Brussels’ colleagues. This will give the galleries and their artists a unique opportunity to discover the thriving Antwerp/Flemish scene and market, or to build on and reconnect with their existing contacts. Ballroom will be more than a mere presentation of artworks. Therefore, the participating galleries will show their artists in a curated show instead of regular or standard fair booths, with curatorial overview by Yirka De Brucker. The project, initiated by DMW Art Space and Base-Alpha Gallery, will be open throughout the Antwerp Art Weekend, with a special late night reception on Friday 17 May from 21-23h.
16 May–19 May
Reception 17 May from 21h–23h
Pekfabriek, Kattenberg 93, 2140 Borgerhout
T +32 494 99 98 09, +32 476 62 03 17
Image: Denitsa Todorova, Salt, 2018, Courtesy of Ballroom
CAPS was founded by Paul Poelmans in 2013 after the closure of CypresGalerie (Leuven) and operates as an independent, nomadic art platform focusing on young Belgian and international artists. CAPS has no brick and mortar gallery space but instead organizes 5 to 6 exhibitions a year in art hotspots e.g. Antwerp (BORGER#, Little HISK, AAW), Brussels (Rivoli), Ghent (BAD), Mechelen (D.ART), Ostend (TAZ) and Leuven. In 2016 CAPS participated at the Antwerp Art Weekend with “Teken aan de Wand”, a show exclusevely dedicated to drawings. In 2017 we were back with the solo presentation of “The Trail” by wellknown artist/radio talkshow host Koen Fillet and in may 2018 we showcased work by painter Giovanni Winne and sculptor Edith Ronse. Last september CAPS participated at the Art on Paper art fair in BOZAR Brussels and won the SOFAM Best Solo Show Award with artist Lisa Wilkens. Last winter CAPS resided in a new gallery space in Ostend to show work by Giovanni Winne, Koen Fillet, George De Decker, Chris Vanderschaeghe and Sarah Carlier among many others.
Tobias Lengkeek: “Debris”
“For debris to exist, an act of violence is implied much like paint simplifying reality only to the visual. “Debris” signifies that these objects once had a function. It illustrates an action like painting, lines from skateboarding, old layers, screw and the frame all visualize how a painting was made. They are visual traces of something that happened, just like debris. It is from an urge to paint that I look around to find something to paint. With the violent interference painting has on reality, I attempt to filter reality to its essence. When I look at a painting I feel that every day things hold a higher meaning and realize that even though my eyes are open, I don’t always truly see the things around me.” (T.B.)
Opening 16 May at 18h
Gijzelaarsstraat 10, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 495 52 80 97, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Tobias Lengkeek, Plant Debris, 2018, Courtesy CAPS
Escautville is a production platform founded in 2011 by artists Wim Catrysse, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Ria Pacquée, Frank Theys and Koen Theys. Based in Antwerp, the organisation supports, produces, promotes and distributes audiovisual art projects not only by founding artists, but also, on a one-off basis, by artists such as Els Dietvorst, Lisa Spilliaert, Joëlle Tuerlinckx and Benjamin Verhoeven. By organising events like the six-day audiovisual program ‘Ten Slotte’, in collaboration with Het Bos and De Imagerie, Escautville aims to engage in the continuous expansion of the debate around new forms of audiovisual representation. Escautville is run by Ulrike Lindmayr and Vincent Stroep.
During the Antwerp Art Weekend Escautville will showcase a selection of their productions. Koen Theys, A Day in the Life of the Holy Blood. A group of biblical characters from the Procession of the Holy Blood, lethargically waiting in a white cube purgatory, are exhibited as a ‘ready-made’. Frank Theys’, Googly Moogly captures an action-performance for which Theys travelled to the Google offices in California, US. Ria Pacquée, Blessed Amulets. The subject of her latest film is the objects people use to project their hopes on and the rituals in which they are being used. Benjamin Verhoeven’s, 50.000 SCANS is part of an on-going project called ‘Scanning Cinema’ that revolves around scanning moving images.
Lange Leemstraat 387, 2018 Antwerp
T +32 497 48 17 27, email@example.com
Image: Koen Theys, A Day in the Life of the Holy Blood, 2015, Courtesy of the artist
Everyday gallery (YYY) hosts a group show curated by Boris Devis that reflects 2019 as a time capsule for future reference. ‘In real life’ will serve as a concept before even becoming one. In the last era on the verge of virtual and augmented reality a group of trans-disciplinary artists will dive deep into the radical world of fine and functional arts. Participating artists are Tom Volkaert, Stef Van Looveren, Leo Luccioni, Robuche, Touche-Touche, Anna Aagaard Jensen, Schimmel & Schweikle, Carlo Lorenzetti, Nicolas Erauw, Thomas Ballouhey, Daan Gielis, Benny Van den Meulengracht- Vrancx, Carolin Gieszner, Theo Demans, Nicholas Riis and Theophile Blandet.
Reception 17 May 17h
Jos Smolderenstraat 20, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 493 79 42 23 firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Touche-Touche, Thrown Chair, 2019, Courtesy of alfa.antwerp
Fosbury & Sons is an antidote to the office of the past. A human workspace where people collaborate, celebrate and learn from one another. The demand for a different kind of workspace is not limited to freelancers or start-ups. We welcome all types of businesses (from 1 to 100 persons and even more). Today, also large corporations experience the benefits of serviced offices. Not only is delocalising part of their team an answer to a damning mobility issue, but working alongside other companies fosters creativity and productivity. Fosbury & Sons aims to make a difference in the world of work and to increase the quality of life of their members. We’ve created a new kind of workplace, one that values the humanity of the people within its walls, a place that feels like home. Alongside the work spaces we offer meeting rooms and host different types of events. Our restaurant Coffeelabs is also open for non-members on reservation for a delicious and healthy lunch.
Use Fosbury & Sons as a hang out spot, a place to plan your next stop, get a small bite and a big coffee. During the entire weekend, three films by artist Lauren Gregory will be playing in succession on Fosbury & Sons’ big screen for you to enjoy while you take your brake. A steward will be standby, should you need any help on deciding where to go next.
Mechelsesteenweg 271, 2018 Antwerp
T +32 3 303 44 44, email@example.com
Image: Lauren Gregory, Tussle, 2018, Courtesy of the artist
GOWIE is the work and project space of H ART magazine, Panache, Kunst/Werk and Bureau Marnef. It hosts contemporary art exhibitions, presentations and gatherings. Its activities take place on an irregular basis. GOWIE was created in 2018 and resides in the heart of Antwerp.
The exhibition ‘Daily Pleasures’ presents the work of Lutgart De Meyer (1924). As one of the founding members of the Antwerp avant-garde movement G58, she dedicated herself to ceramics and soon got recognized as one of the key figures establishing the artistic autonomy of this medium. Besides the sculptures and design objects she created in her first period, ‘Daily Pleasures’ also shows her recent work. Aged 94, Lutgart De Meyer works nowadays mostly with textiles and objects found on her walks through the city. The exhibition gives an insight into the artist’s playful vision on art and the art world. Posture Editions publishes a book on Lutgart De Meyer’s life and work (launch on May 15 at GOWIE). It is available throughout the exhibition.
15 May–30 June
Kleine Markt 7-9, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 486 87 84 81, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Lutgart De Meyer and her work, 1957, Courtesy of GOWIE
Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts. Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten / Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) offers a post-graduate course in visual arts and provides young artists from Belgium and abroad with a workspace of their own and pedagogical guidance for a duration of two years. The emphasis at the HISK lies on individual practice and close contact with a community of distinguished visiting lecturers - artists, writers, curators and scholars. Based on diversity of artistic practices and positions, the unique HISK concept gives the artists every opportunity for critical research within a broader aesthetic, social and cultural context. M HKA / Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen is hosting the Failures of Cohabitation exhibition on the occasion of Antwerp Art Weekend.
Failures of Cohabitation
The exhibition introduces the work of 14 artists currently in the 2nd year of the HISK’s programme. The title Failures of Cohabitation embraces the unlikeliness of a quintessential coexistence and playfully reflects their own experience of proximity and otherness, as well as the very nature of a group show. Artists: Sofia Caesar, Lisette de Greeuw, Francesca Ferreri, Eva Giolo, Johna Hansen, Megan-Leigh Heilig, Sina Hensel, Roel Heremans, Mirthe Klück, Hannah Mevis, Mark Požlep, Bárbara Sánchez Barroso, Gintaute Skvernyte, Ingel Vaikla. Curator: Daniella Géo.
M HKA, Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 9 269 67 60, email@example.com
Image: Caesar-de Greeuw-Heilig-Hensel-Klück, Failures of Cohab, 2019, Photo by Megan-Leigh Helig, Courtesy of HISK
Kontrapunt is a project curated by Maryam Najd which accumulates a discussion about the issues that are not efficiently and widely used and recognized in every society. Maryam Najd: “As we know there are many societies that cannot agree with the freedom of expression but here in Belgium and generally in Europe we have a better situation than the rest of the world. I would like to take a benefit of this position by organizing an exhibition, which shows to the public, the power of art in opposition to censorship and control.” Participating artists: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE), Danny De Vos (BE), Christine Clinckx (BE), Charif Benhelima (BE/ MR), Mekhitar Garabedian (SY), Maryam Najd (IR). On the opening, 16th May at 9 pm, Dez Mona will be performing their newly released album, Book of Many. On 17 May at 16h, there will be a panel discussion with the participating artists and Kathleen Weyts (director of H ART magazine) as the moderator.
Opening and Concert 16 May from 19h–22h
Panel talk 17 May at 16h
Platform Bernaerts, Verlatstraat 20, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 478 25 80 44, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Maryam Najd, Self Portrait Series, Courtesy of the artist
At Kunst in Huis one can borrow a unique artwork from a diverse and dynamic collection of over 5,000 artworks. Ranging from drawings and oil paintings to photography and objects, we offer access to the work of over 350 artists. The collection provides a broad overview of contemporary art in Flanders & Brussels and is regularly updated with new artists and artworks. Kunst in Huis is based in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. Visit us to learn more about the collection, and to reserve, select, exchange or purchase an artwork. For only 12 euros per month, you can bring a unique artwork to your home and borrow it for a year; after that, you must decide: do I buy it, or choose something else? At Kunst in Huis, you are warmly welcome to do both. Kunst in Huis offers opportunities to young, emerging and lesser-known artists from Flanders and Brussels to present their work to a wide audience. They receive financial compensation when their artworks are hired or sold. In this way, Kunst in Huis plays a role in strengthening and developing the position of the artist in society and the art world. Kunst in Huis places equal emphasis on encouraging as many Flemish people as possible to develop a passion for art and to make it part of their homes. Kunst in Huis offers a diverse range of original, contemporary artworks that can be hired or purchased at reasonable and affordable rates: a risk-free way to try things out and experiment. As a result, we make contemporary art more accessible.
De Nieuwe Garde 2019
Every year, Kunst in Huis selects new artists who are in the early stages of a promising career. A selection of these artists is presented in an annual group exhibition: De Nieuwe Garde. At Zuiderpershuis we bring together artists who are not yet well-known by the wider public but, in our view, are already worth discovering. Defying categorisation according to traditional disciplines, they work in different materials and styles. Loosely interconnected artworks coalesce into individual oeuvres that, while multifaceted, already point in clear directions. Kunst in Huis introduces ‘De Nieuwe Garde’ of 2019: Antoine Goossens, Homa Arkani, Calixte Poncelet, Polien Boons and Charlot Van Geert.
Opening 16 May at 18h
Zuiderpershuis, Timmerwerfstraat 40, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 2 247 97 10, email@example.com
Image: Polien Boons, no title, 2017, Photo by Tomas Uyttendaele
La Piscine d’Activité vzw focuses on diversity and multicultural cross pollination. Our non-profit organization stands for the promotion of the visual arts. The local project of the organization is to show and stimulate young experimental artists. Internationally, we mainly work with African artists. La Piscine is open to partnerships with organizations and individuals who pursue the same objectives.
Time & space, here & now..., becomes an artistic project of visual arts, with the focus on creation and presentation. Wouter Van Loo curates 10 young visual artists, as many women as men. The artists were invited to participate in a specific creation assignment with exhibition. They are now faced with the challenge of creating a work of art that is more responsive to perception than to thinking. In short, the exhibition should above all become a sensory experience in which the perception of the viewer is autonomous in time and space. This project is realized with the support of the City of Antwerp. With artists: CMMC (Céline Mathieu and Myrthe van der Mark), Karen Moser, Karolien Chromiak, Maika Garnica, Benny Van den Meulengracht Vrancx, Vedran Kopljar, Jo Caimo, Bram Van Meervelde, Gijs waterschoot. Curated by Wouter Van Loo.
Performance 17 May
Wolstraat 33, 2000 Antwerp, 1st floor
T +32 477 27 65 92, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Courtesy of La Piscine d’Activité
Onder Stroom is a newly founded birdnest and cultural power plant, populated by a group of creative and creating individuals and organisations, varying from copywriters and graphic designers to documentary makers and installation artists. They have taken over an old site that was used as an old marine hangar until a few years ago. Onder Stroom offers space for all those who want to organize, create, entertain or connect.
Emma Verhulst: Residency works at AGA LAB
In 2016 Emma Verhulst graduated in illustration at Sint Lucas Antwerpen. During the last months she has been participating as a resident in AGA LAB. The focus within her practice lies in the search for a personal approach of timeless topics such as relationships, misunderstandings and frustrations. The banality of her life is also returning. She harks back to rhymes, proverbs or loose patches of text, which emphases the randomness and the associative character of her thinking. The fascination for these everyday life themes is distinctive to her work. It manifests itself thematic but also formally by searching for various structures, materials and techniques that get a consistency by screenprinting and Risography.
Opening 16 May at 19h
Tavernierskaai 11, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 468 56 94 90, email@example.com
Image: Emma Verhulst, Courtesy of the artist
ORANJESTRAAT25 is the momentary heart of a fluid collective, which forms itself time and time again to organize exhibitions and events. It is still a living room, transformed to a gallery. An intimite place that at the same time is opened up to a broader public and which allows a look into the heart, head and house of the artist. During the first edition titled VAN TIET TOT TEEN in ORANJESTRAAT25, 5 women made work that was close to their hearts and welcomed friends and strangers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=ytXN3dTwqaY #dickemädchen #jackdavey(tosca) #rosaschützendorf #carmenschabracq #antwerpart #oranjestraat25 #homesweethome #vettig #feestje #art #performance #expo #painting #sculpture #andmore #adamgalachmaakteten #renskevanenckevortgaatzingen #iemandgaatvastdansen #iemandgaatvastdronkenworden #rondevormen #fattyfatfat #chubby #vrolijkevrouwlijkheid #joiedevivre #yolo #würstchen #zweet #slagroom #andartagain #you’rewelcome Er was eens een Duits carnavalsnummer en dat ging zo: DICKE MÄDCHEN haben schöne namen heißen Tosca (aka Jack), Rosa oder Carmen.
Opening 16 May from 18h–22h
Oranjestraat 25, 2060 Antwerp
T +32 470 62 22 06, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Carmen Schabracq, Muse III, 2019, Courtesy of Oranjestraat25
TICK TACK (2019) is a new destination for contemporary art in Antwerp. Housed in the brutalist complex ‘De Zonnewijzer’, a 1955 key work by architect Léon Stynen, TICK TACK occupies a historic duplex, facing the tram stop and landscape park ‘De Harmonie’. The 6-meter-high windows function here as an interface between artists and audience, and between private and public space. The TICK TACK program is binary. By day, TICK TACK presents exhibitions, after sunset, the windows transform into a projection screen under the name CINEMA TICK TACK, a new and exclusive venue for video and digital arts. As a result, both day and night, TT constantly challenges the physical and mental boundaries between inside and out.
Miyeon Lee – Immigrant’s Eyes and Changing Landscapes
For its inaugural exhibition, Tick Tack is pleased to announce the first European solo show of Miyeon Lee (1980, S. Korea). On show are recent paintings, works on paper, an in-situ mural and objects by Lee Castro - a design duo formed by Lee and Ruben Castro in 2016. Lee moved from S. Korea to the USA in her late teens, and lived/worked in NYC until her mid 30’s, before moving to Berlin (DE), to Limburg (BE) and finally to Chur (CH) in 2019. S. Korea still remains an anchor where she returns to on a regular basis. Lee uses landscape and architecture to reflect the state of her navigation and to carry her notion of home. Lee will serve Korean tea during the exhibition to meet and to be met with her audience.
CINEMA TICK TACK & ARGOS: Hänzel & Gretzel – Exploding mirrors
Hänzel & Gretzel was the pseudonym of Daniel Mangeon, video artist, author, maker of music video, television director and image dresser of all sorts, who died in 2000 at the age of 34. Exploding mirrors is a silent visual poem with footage starring Gerard Malanga. Public screening starts daily at 21h and loops all night.
3 May–9 June
CINEMA TICK TACK & ARGOS:
Opening 16–19 May from 21h–05h
Mechelsesteenweg 247, 2018 Antwerp
T +32 499 10 79 57, email@example.com
Image: Miyeon Lee, Clouds on Calanda, 2019, Courtesy of TICK TACK
Galleryinresidence is a project organised by weekend(s)- an umbrella group of 19 independent weekends (including Antwerp Art Weekend, Brussels Gallery Weekend, Paris Gallery Weekend etc...), gallery associations, and curatorial groups from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Galleryinresidence has invited galleries from several different cities (Chicago, Cologne, and Vienna) to take residence in Antwerp during the Antwerp Art Weekend. Each gallery has been asked to present a solo exhibition of an artist from their gallery program. The galleries will take residence in the hotel and organise an exhibition. Participating galleries include: Charim Galerie (Vienna), Devening Projects (Chicago), Martinetz (Cologne) and Clages (Cologne).
Opening 16 May at 18h
Hotel Rubenshof, Amerikalei 115-117, 2000 Antwerp
Image: Hotel Rubenshof, Courtesy of weekend(s)
Young artist at YUST ‘Can’t Make The Scene If You Don’t Have The Green’ is the first exhibit by Antwerp born-and-raised artist Loïc Devaux, showing early sculptures and recent paintings.By showing ‘ambition’, which he does through portraying memories with fellow artistic friends and acquaintances, Devaux wants to put a spotlight on the international and youthful mindset both YUST and the artist stand for. Loïc Devaux has been heavily influenced by a lot of self-taught artists from around the world. His wish is to be considered an example to his peers by giving them the same feeling he experienced when he first found out about his influences. His work speaks of a child-like naivety but is backed up by the obvious references to the work of contemporary predecessors such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Alice Neel and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The great ambitions he’s got are clearly visible throughout his work when speaking about the size of his paintings and considering the fact that the works on view were done between the age of 19 and 21. Since this project is located in Antwerp’s Green Quarter, most of the works shown are easily linkable to ‘The Green’, not only relating to money but, more importantly, to nature. Both aspects mentioned have been very important to YUST in their goal of creating inexpensive & environment-friendly housing for international guests to stay and young creatives to show.
Opening 16 May at 18h
Coveliersstraat 2, 2600 Berchem
T +32 479 76 46 53, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: The Prince of Zurenborg and his humble servant 2017-2018, Courtesy of the artist