Artsy weekend

Wow, September went fast! I can’t believe it’s almost the first weekend in October already. The days are noticeably shorter and cooler, and inevitably wetter as well. But don’t despair, this weekend brings lots of great artsy events to Brussels to help usher in the change of seasons. Plus, most of them are indoors so you can stay dry!

First up, Art on Paper is an exhibition dedicated to drawing. Initiated by Brussels gallery owners Pierre Hallet and Michel Culot, the event will feature contemporary drawings from some forty Belgian and international galleries. It’s held at the White Hotel (212 Avenue Louise), providing a small and intimate setting for discovering some unique works. For this third edition, the event includes a special showing of a paper dress by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. She does amazing work so it’s definitely worth stopping by to see this (or visit her gallery and studio). The exhibition opens tonight and continues through Sunday, 7 October. The entry cost is €8.

Next on the list is fotoforever, an art fair showcasing contemporary photography and video. Taking place from 4 to 7 October, the fair will include works from 60 European galleries. Also in its third year, fotofever aims to show the diversity of photography and video art of today while also supporting young artists. The event will take place at Tour & Taxis and admission is €12 (or €9 if purchased in advance online). There are several special events, including a collection of 30 photographs all around the theme of the eye, fototalks where you can meet professional artists and a party on Friday evening at Magic Mirrors (next to Tour & Taxis). And if you don’t make it this weekend, you can browse and buy works online after the event until 18 November.

And last, but definitely not least, Nuit Blanche (which means “sleepless night” or “white night” in French) is happening this Saturday. For the 10th anniversary, this all night arts festival aims at (re)discovering or (re)conquering the urban environment from a new perspective. As every year, there will be loads of artistic, musical and creative happenings going on all night. See the full program here. Events will concentrate in the area from Mont des Arts to Place de la Chapelle, all free of charge, and kick off around 7pm. There will also be several after-parties around town (you can buy pre-sale tickets online as of €8).

Images via Art on Paper, fotofever and Nuit Blanche.

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