'Night in the Garden of Love' exhibition: there is art after death

22 June 2023 - 13 August 2023

The Wiels museum has transformed into a captivating virtual reality in which British artist Shezad Dawood enters into conversation with the late Yusef Lateef.

Lateef, who was born William Huddleston and passed away in December 2013 at the tender age of 93, was an American jazz musician and composer. He masterminded what is known as autophysiopsychic music, which is “about heightened consciousness and aims to activate the physical, mental and spiritual senses simultaneously,” according to Dawood.

No wonder the Brit wanted to be a part of that story… and so was created Night in the Garden of Love, the exhibition currently ongoing at Wiels. Kind of in the way that a brewery turned into a museum, Lateef’s 1988 novella of the same name is turned into an exhibition.

Just like musicians interact when they improvise, Dawood engages in a dialogue with Lateef’s work. The exhibition is centred around drawings made by Yusef Lateef and features the Mutant, a character from the novella Night in the Garden of Love, in virtual reality… and in real life!

If you feel a curiosity blooming, check out the practical details and make an excursion to Wiels!