A new body of other-worldy work by Belgian artist, Johan Van Mullem will be exhibited this Spring at Unit London. Guest curated by Christian Levett, the exhibition will present over 50 of Van Mullem’s distinctive pieces, alongside a monumental eleven-metre drawing, Devine Tragedy (2019). As a whole, the collection, entitled Reverence, will address powerful themes that arise from this central preoccupation, most notably respect, approbation, worship, awe and adoration. Indeed these mesmerising canvasses are an attempt to reconstruct the soul and essence of man.
Levett’s art world expertise spans from antiquity to the contemporary. He sits on the board of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and on the Arms and Armour Committee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Plus Levett founded the MACM (MusОe d’Art Classique de Mougins) in Southern France, which houses one of the world’s premier private collections of antiquities.
Levett offers an interesting perspective on the historical influences present in the artist’s works. ‘Having actively collected Johan Van Mullem’s work for almost a decade I felt it was important to showcase the breadth of the artist’s practice, with key pieces from his global museum and gallery exhibitions,’ Levett says. ‘Reverence presents Johan’s rich aesthetic, drawing together his emotive, dramatic and haunting paintings in one location. I am extremely pleased to be working alongside the artist with Unit London, in order to provide a public platform for this work.’
Reverence follows Johan Van Mullem’s recent institutional solo shows at the Museum Ixelles in Brussels, the Ciurlionis National Museum in Lithuania and the Musée d’Art Classique Mougins in France.
The exhibition opens to the public on 29 March, but only until 13 April. Be quick!
Unit London in Hanover Square, Mayfair.
No need to book, just turn up and brace yourselves for some profound soul-searching. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm and Sunday, 12-6pm.