What’s on: Beauty, documentary and Trevor Noah

Summary

Topping the agenda this week is an exhibition of work by pop-art precursor Fernand Léger, Flanders’ most-excellent documentary film festival and the chance to get tickets to see one of the world’s best stand-up comedians

Fernand Léger: Beauty is Everywhere

The title of this exhibition in Brussels is quite apt: It’s tough to view the work of the 20th-century French painter and illustrator without breaking into a smile. His brightly coloured cubist works turned more figurative as the 20th century progressed, and he is considered one of the instigators of pop art.

Léger’s work was – like so many others – also influenced by the First World War, which he barely survived as a soldier at the front in Argonne. He eventually moved into film, designing scenery and costumes, and also taught at Yale University, finding yet another subject in America’s industrial landscapes. This exhibition attempts to present every facet of the artist’s incredibly immense oeuvre.
Until 3 June, Bozar, Ravesteinstraat 23, Brussels

Docville

Flanders’ documentary film festival is not only a good excuse to discover movies that don’t always make it into cinemas but also to visit Leuven, a little city that never stops giving back. The two cinemas are a 10-minute stroll from each other, through some of the university buildings that dot the town. Don’t miss Spettacolo, which introduces you to residents of a tiny Italian town who stage a play every year based on their own lives, or Unrest, which follows an American woman’s desperate struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome.

It’s also a chance to catch some locally made documentaries, such as the award-winning Rabot, a look into the lives lived in a social housing development in Ghent as it awaits the wrecking ball, and Imposed Piece, which shows the challenges faced by the young musicians chosen for Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Competition.
21-29 March, Cinema Stuk & Cinema Zed, Leuven

Get tix now: Trevor Noah

You’ve seen videos of his monologues on The Daily Show pass by in your Facebook feed, and now you can see him in real life. The South African-born, New York-based performer and commentator is one of the most famous talk show presenters in the world. From a brilliant stand-up career in Africa to Tonight with Trevor Noah to The Daily Show to the author of a prize-winning book about his own troubled youth (soon to be a major motion picture), he has continually proven himself insightful, funny and smart as a whip. Tickets are on sale now; get yourself one.
28 September 20.00, Lotto Arena, Schijnpoortweg 119, Antwerp

Image: Fernand Léger, Partie de campagne, 1953
©Adagp, Paris 2017