Jef Meyer is an Antwerp-based contemporary artist who draws inspiration from a multitude of sources, from brutalist architecture to the Belgian post-war avant-garde. He experiments skillfully with the nature of the materials he employs. When using concrete he creates a multi-layered abstraction of color and pattern, form and structure, depth and brilliance. His works on paper, with playful references to his unique style in concrete, show clearly just how versatile he is. For this in situ artist, location and space constitute a major part of the overall composition.
At a unique location next to St James’s Church, Callewaert Vanlangendonck shows important artworks dating from the post-war era. Their fascination for the abstract artists of this period and their dedication to tracking down some of the finest examples of their work, has seen the gallery’s collection become a true mirror of this valuable part in Belgian art history. Callewaert Vanlangendonck emphasizes the importance and the contemporary character of the Belgian avant garde of the 1950s and 60s. By engaging them in dialogue with abstract artists of today, an interaction between present and past arises. It shows how timeless, universal and cross-border this avant-garde art is. The location also has a symbolic value. With Rubens’ grave only a few meters away, modern masters are suddenly closely connected to the great names of the past. It refers to the eternity, universality and timelessness of art and beauty.