What’s on: Candy Nation takes over coast

Summary

Gaze at monolithic wrapped sweets in Knokke, take to an open-air bar in Bruges, listen to international carillon players in Mechelen or check out in situ art in Vilvoorde

Sculpture Link

French artist Laurence Jenkell is a master at the “wrapping twist” in sculpture. She became obsessed with the form, which she perfected in plexiglass and used to create magnificent effects in a variety of sculptures, from utilitarian objects to strands of DNA.

The one that has captured people’s imagination the most, however, is the wrapped sweet. She has made hundreds of them in varying sizes, though mostly monumental. They now come in different materials, too, from bronze to glass to aluminium. Instantly recognisable across cultures, the magnificent size and bright colours work to instil an instant feeling of nostalgia in the viewer. Jenkell has been commissioned by major corporations and events to create wrapped sweets with specific images, including the flags of the countries taking part in the G20 summit in Cannes in 2011. That group, Candy Nation, is now on view at the Flemish coast during the Knokke Sculpture Link. A new sculpture has also been created just for this event. Until 18 August, Knokke promenade & Meerlaan

URB-Egg café


If you’re in Bruges this summer, don’t miss the URB-Egg café, a summer pop-up on the square in front of the stately Stadsschouwburg (city theatre). It the Bruges Triennial’s annual pop-up, which takes to a different location every summer. It couldn’t miss the opportunity that the 150th anniversary of the Stadsschouwburg provided to set up there this year. There are drinks and nibbles, and visitors are invited to spread out onto the grass next door. Every Sunday is a “meeting moment” with talks by artists and other activities. Until 8 September, Vlamingstraat 29, Bruges

International Carillon Competition


You only get one chance in five years to attend the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition. It is held by the Carillon School in Mechelen, one of the few institutions in the world that teaches the many-handled musical instrument that triggers the set of bells in towers. While most carillons are electric these days, this competition is open to those who play concerts with the instrument by hand. The pre-selection has already taken place, but the public is invited to the city’s Cultuurplein, with a view of the Sint-Rombouts tower, where the bells are located. Live streaming of the players is shown on a big screen at the nearby Minderbroeders Church. 13 July from 13.30, 14 July from 14.00, Cultuurplein, Mechelen

Fallen Empires opening party


The title Fallen Empires and Refound Desires certainly provides enough incentive to get us to the free opening of this outdoor in situ exhibition in Vilvoorde. But there’s also talks, concerts, guided tours, food and drinks. The multimedia exhibition runs all summer, culminating in the Horst Arts & Music Festival in September. 14 July from 14.00, Asiat Site, Kerkhofstraat 1, Vilvoorde

Fallen Empires photo: Christoph Meier’s “Turm II”, 2009, Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea