What’s on: Pioneering art and summer in two cities

Summary

Antwerp’s celebration of all things Baroque continues with a retrospective of an overlooked master, while Brussels and Leuven invite visitors to kick back and relax with a book and a few live rooftop performances

Michaelina: Baroque’s Leading Lady

Two Antwerp museums are teaming up for the first retrospective of local painter Michaelina Wautier’s (1604-1689) work. Despite her incredible skill, very little is known about Wautier: Becoming a renowned artist as a woman in the 17th century wasn't easy.

Much of her art was historically attributed to her brother and even today, curators know of only 30 of her works (pictured). In this first showing of her masterpieces, the Rubens House and MAS display Wautier’s forgotten talent and unique imagination as part of the city’s year of celebration dedicated to Baroque art. Until 2 September, Grote Markt 1, Antwerp

Leesstraat

Imagine an oasis in the middle of the city devoted to lounging, reading and sunshine. Muntpunt has created this bit of peace and quiet with an area dedicated to books. In the street beside the library you’ll find newspapers, books, comics, podcasts and magazines with a selection of hammocks and deck chairs to relax in (pictured below). At nights, the Muntpunt Grand Café organises activities from chess to drawing and sewing. Until 16 September, Muntplein, Brussels

Baramuze

Still at a loss for what to do on summer evenings? Join in the return of the annual pop-up bar on top of Leuven’s M Museum. Live music, spoken word poetry, stand-up comedy and more make the roof the place to be this summer. Enjoy a view of the city with special cocktails and snacks. Until 19 August, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven

Photo: Victoriano Moreno