What’s on: Spring comes early to Brussels via Dutch Golden Age


The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels re-opens nine renovated wings, bringing back its Dutch master collection, while Flanders’ Status Quo cover band and one of America’s most-read authors take to local stages

Dutch Spring

With a title that whisks you away to a sunny field of windmills, wooden shoes and tulips, Dutch Spring is an ode to the Dutch Golden Age.

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is re-opening nine newly renovated wings, which means its exquisite permanent collection of Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Nicolaes Maes, Abraham Bloemaert and Jan van Goyen are back, many having undergone restoration. A separate temporary exhibition is focused on portraits by Frans Hals, while another highlights Dutch drawings of the 18th century. Temporary exhibitions until 19 May, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Regentschapsstraat 3

Belgian Quo

Last year, we reported that Belgian Quo, the world’s only official Status Quo cover band, was searching for a new frontman. Well, they found him, so now those well-loved hits of the legendary British boogie rock group can be heard once again. Members of the tribute band are based across East and West Flanders and are headed out together on tour, both at home and abroad. Get ready for tunes like “Down Down”, “Roll Over Lay Down”, “Caroline” and “Rockin’ All Over the World”, but Belgian Quo has also added a few more Status Quo numbers to the line-up. It all kicks off this Saturday in Tielt. Full tour schedule to release this weekend. 9 February to 7 September, across Flanders

Michael Chabon

One of America’s hipster literary heroes, Michael Chabon is famed the world over for the novels Wonder Boys, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Like other contemporary American authors who write brilliant but still eminently readable works – think John Irving and Larry McMurtry – Chabon peppers his novels with quirky and/or hapless characters, who are thrown into oddball situations beyond their control. His adventures are the every-day variety, rather than the epic kind, making them real and ultimately endearing. He talks to Flemish journalist Marnix Verplancke about his vast oeuvre. (In English) 14 February 20.00, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23