What’s on: A bird’s eye view of abstract art in Belgium

Summary

Exhibitions continue to hold down the fort of arts and entertainment, with abstract art, Belle Epoque posters and a sublime origami installation top of the bill

Abstract Art: A Bird’s Eye View

In 1965, Felix De Boeck made the short journey from his farm in Drogenbos to the Elsene Museum in Brussels. He was 67 years old and visiting the first retrospective of his own work. This exhibition was a great success, was considered one of the best of its day and earned De Boeck recognition as a pioneer of modernism.

Today, De Boeck’s farm is a museum that bears his name. FeliXart is dedicated to historical and contemporary avant-garde art. The new exhibition Abstract Art: A Bird’s Eye View mixes its collection with works borrowed from the Elsene Museum and Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (both closed for renovations). The 50 works examine the evolution of modernism in Belgium, with special attention paid to abstract art. 13 June to 14 January 2021, Kuikenstraat 6, Drogenbos (Flemish Brabant)

Rooftop Livestream


Clubs are not going to open until September, so The Lockdown Rooftop Livestream continues. The next couple of editions see Tom Smeyers and Ricky Razu, respectively, on the decks from a Brussels rooftop. Great views and beats guaranteed. 13 & 14 June 18.00

Velodroom


Cycling enthusiasts and Belle Epoque fans alike will appreciate the exhibition Velodroom, a collection of 19th-century advertising posters featuring the latest craze – bicycles. Manufacturers hired artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha to create colourful, provocative images that would woo buyers. Now the posters serve as art and historical documentation, illustrating the technological and social changes of the times. Until 31 October, Letterenhuis, Minderbroedersstraat 22, Antwerp

House of Origami


The response to artist Charles Kaisin’s Origami for Life action was overwhelming, with more than 20,000 people carefully following the instructions and sending in their origami bird to Kanal Centre Pompidou. Foundations and private concerns put up a collective €5 for every bird received, with the more than €101,000 in proceeds going to Erasmus Hospital in Brussels. Kaisin’s huge installation bringing all the birds together can be seen this weekend at Kanal, in the presence of Kaisin himself and against a backdrop of music by Chamber Music for Europe. It’s free, and no reservation is required. 13-14 June 10.00-18.00, Willebroekkaai 7, Brussels

Think Pink Yoga Festival


Breast cancer foundation Think Pink Belgium is throwing a virtual yoga festival in the lead-up to International Yoga Day. More than 40 lessons will be provided by yoga instructors from across the country. Separate lessons will be given in English, Dutch and French. Lessons are free, but donations are encouraged, with proceeds going to yoga projects in breast cancer clinics. 15-21 June

Photos, from top: ©Felix De Boeck, “The Pigeon” (1927)/Museum van Elsene; courtesy Upper Cuts/YouTube; courtesy Letterenhuis; ©Nicolas Lobet/PRYZM Photography; ©Dreamer Company/iStock/Getty Images Plus