What's on this week: 28 June


Cinamatek's answer to summer music festivals and Flemish Modernists in our top picks for the week in Flanders and Brussels

VISUAL ARTS Walther Vanbeselaere: Collector for the State

This summer exhibition celebrates one of 20th-century Modernism’s most influential Flemish boosters. In the decades following the Second World War, when the new style was blossoming on both sides of the Atlantic, Walther Vanbeselaere acquired a formidable collection for the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.

In the process, he inspired institutions and private collectors across the region. For Collector for the State, Museum DD has brought together works by Vanbeselaere’s favourite artists, from locals like Rik Wouters to international luminaries like Edgar Degas. It opens with a festive outdoor barbecue on the banks of the Leie river. 2 July to 1 October. Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem

GET TIX NOW Het Theaterfestival

The stage tends to dry up as locals favour outdoor pursuits in the summer, but this annual festival of Dutch-language theatre bridges the lean period between seasons. A selects the highlights from the previous season’s Flemish and Dutch stage productions and brings them back for an encore. The programme boasts more than 20 productions from the likes of Abbatoir Fermé and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, not to mention lectures, workshops and parties. Kaaitheater is the festival hub, but there are also performances at venues across the capital. Tickets to the more popular shows sell out early, so buy now. 31 August to 10 September, Across Brussels

FILM Cinematek Summer Music Festival

With a cheeky title referring to Flanders’ prolific music festival season, Brussels’ film museum Cinematek presents a summer-long programme of concert films, rock operas and music documentaries created by some of the genre’s biggest directors. It opens appropriately enough with a film about the quintessential summer music festival, namely Michael Wadleigh’s iconic 1970 documentary Woodstock. Nearly 30 films more are on the programme, including DA Pennebaker’s mythic Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club and Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense. 2 July to 30 August, Cinematek, Brussels

EVENT The Golden Cabinet Closing Party

In 2013, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp closed for renovation and began staging temporary exhibitions under the moniker “Golden Cabinet” in the luxurious residence of 17th-century Antwerp mayor Nicolaas Rockox. But all good things must end. The current temporary exhibition, devoted to 16th-century landscape painters, is the last before the Rockox House, too, closes for renovations. But it’s going out with a bang. The pair of museums is closing out the series with a weekend of lectures, debates and family workshops as well as live renaissance music and happy hour drinks. Entry is free. 1-2 July, Rockox House, Antwerp

Image: Frits Van den Berghe's The Dream, 1925 (click to see entire image)
(c)Lukas Art in Flanders VZW / photo: Hugo Maertens

More events that deserve your attention

Kurt Vile and the Violators + Mauro Pawlowski: American grunge singer Kurt Vile and band join forces with Flemish rock veteran Mauro for a guitar-heavy double feature. One of many summer concerts at Antwerp’s open-air theatre. 4 July 19.00, Openluchttheater Rivierenhof, Turnhoutsebaan 246 Antwerp

Benjamin Biolay:
The French pop-rock musician returns to Brussels to present his new album Volver. 29 June 20.00, Ancienne Belgique, Anspachlaan 110 Brussels

Asterix in Belgium: Interactive exhibition based on the well-loved comic strip invites youngsters to learn about history and culture. Until 3 September, Belgian Comics Art Museum, Zandstraat 20, Brussels

Ave Luïa: Quite possibly Flanders’ most unique museum, Dr Guislain presents an exhibition of original art inspired by Catholic imagery. The works were created in Wallonia’s Grand Atelier “S” – a laboratory of outsider art. Until 15 October, Museum Dr Guislain, Jozef Guislainstraat 43, Ghent

The Sorry Party: Situationist-inspired arts organisations Sorry Sorry Sorry unveils its new summer party concept with a weekend tour of the Flemish underground. Revellers can enjoy food, drink, motivational speakers, yoga and various psychedelic multimedia interventions in Antwerp, Brussels or Ghent 29 June to 1 July, Belly (Antwerp), Tenace (Brussels), In De Ruimte (Ghent)

Izegem World Festival: The world’s finest folk traditions come together for this festival of music and dance. Performances by troupes from Argentina, Bulgaria, Turkey and other countries require a ticket, but the outdoor market and other activities are free. 29 June to 4 July, CC De Leest, Sint-Jorisstraat 62 Izegem