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What’s on this week: 26 March - 1 April

14:51 25/03/2021
Our pick of Brussels’ best activities – online and off – for the coming week

When is the last time you walked into a strange place that was pitch dark? That’s just the beginning of Sub, a highly recommended experience this spring at iMAL. Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager is highly respected in the digital arts world for his immersive and meditative environments that wow your senses, reeling between deprivation and overload. It’s great fun, and you won’t quickly forget it. Until 23 May, Quai des Charbonnages 30 (Molenbeek)

The group show Structures of Radical Will looks at how minimalist art is perceived depending on where it is staged. The title is a combination of the 1960s New York exhibition Primary Structures, which introduced pioneers of minimal sculpture, and Styles of Radical Will, Susan Sontag’s collection of essays dedicated to contemporary art forms and the states of consciousness they produce. Until 24 July, Cab Fondation, Rue Borrens 32 (Ixelles)

Flamenco performer Esteban Murillo

Pull out your loudest shoes and your fieriest attitude because you are invited to dance with the best during this year’s Bruselas Flamenco Festival. All digital, you can follow a dance workshop, slip into Andalusia’s most renowned clubs in the documentary Se Prohibe el Cante and of course see and hear performances of one of the most exciting and beloved cultural traditions in the world. 26 March to 2 April

Concert sound experts, music promoters and a bunch of local underground bands are hosting an online rave. Completely live and free of charge via Facebook. 27 March from 18.00

The Nuit Sonores urban festival hopes to be back in the autumn, but until then it’s hosting one-off events. This week that’s an online concert by the French electronic musician known as Lion’s Drums, who took to the mountains of Colombia to create his new album. With vocals by the Kagabas people, field recordings and ambient sounds, it’s a wild ride. Free via Facebook. 31 March 20.00

 The Immersive Experience

After Van Gogh and Monet, Gustav Klimt is now getting ‘The Immersive Experience’, with the Austrian symbolist’s crowd-pleasing works blown up to massive size on video screens. Set to music, Klimt’s well-known patterns, florals and golds come to life through animation. Visitors will also learn about Klimt’s life, his early work in architectural decoration and his pioneering role in Art Nouveau. Until 5 September, Horta Gallery, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 116

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (not be confused with the Brussels Philharmonic) presents a #StillStandingForCulture concert live from SeeU. It doubles as a fundraiser for the orchestra, which offers young graduates of local conservatories their first experience in a professional ensemble. Members of BPhO come from around the world, with some 15 nationalities represented. 31 March 20.00

A work by Pierre-Louis Graizon

Focusing largely on contemporary artists from emerging countries, Galerie Felix Frachon presents different artistic programmes at its two spaces on Rue Saint-George. Its current show by Brussels-based French artist Pierre-Louis Graizon is a multidisciplinary show featuring sculptures and wearable accessories – including masks and hats – that use mainly organic materials like snakeskin, leather and gold, as well as oil paint. Until 17 April, Rue Saint-Georges 5

Book now: Eric Boschman of Brussels is a sort of sommelier comedian, publishing his own webzine dedicated to eating and drinking well and leading amusing wine tastings according to various themes. Book now to get the wines delivered for his online tastings from 2-4 April. (in French)

A portrait of the Children of Christiaan II of Denmark and Isabella of Austria by Jan Gossart


A highlight of the exhibition season in Belgium, Renaissance Children features portraits of kids born into nobility. Mechelen was the capital of the Burgundian Netherlands for two centuries and so was home to several successive generations of Habsburg rulers, including Charles V. Paintings, texts and objects show how innovative the family’s view of education was for the period – but also how fragile childhood. One outstanding piece has been borrowed from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: A suit of armour commissioned by a small Charles V’s grandfather, Maximilian I of Austria. It took too long to make, it seems, so Charles outgrew it before it was even finished, and it remained in Austria. It has now made it to its intended home for the first time. 26 March to 4 July, Hof van Busleyden, Frederik de Merodestraat 65, Mechelen

Photos, from top: ©Bruno Klomfar; ©Lieve Boussauw; ©Culturespaces/Nuit de Chine; ©Pierre Louis Graizon/courtesy Felix Frachon Gallery; Jan Gossart, ‘The Children of Christiaan II of Denmark and Isabella of Austria’ (cropped), 1526, Royal Collection Trust/©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Written by Lisa Bradshaw and Sarah Crew