Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’s art casts a merciless perspective on reality. Through their numerous artistic approaches – including installations, video, drawing, sculpture, performance and photographs – de Gruyter and Thys visualise their imaginings of the parallel world inherent within the modern human psyche, along with how it manifests itself in the everyday aspects of life and civic conformity. Everything from work, leisure and family, to social class, masculinity and marginalization are envisaged through convening an unlikely cast of non-professional actors, family members, friends, beards, objects and mannequins alike, often in banal, homespun settings that are rife with awkward power dynamics Form balances the work of de Gruyter and Thys on the edge of the idiotic. Ragged mannequins are made to share common space with traced drawings of trams, the cries of animals, polystyrene heads with false facial hair, and monotonous monologues about renovations. The artists are inspired by myriad sources – like key scenes in films by Visconti, Fassbinder, Robert Bresson; reality television; the arsenal of videos at YouTube offers, ranging from Russian road rage to the home videos of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov; as well as traumatic events the artists have experienced over the years with various people and places.
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Les énigmes de Saarlouis ...
Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Les énigmes de Saarlouis [The Riddles of Saarlouis], 2012. Video, 00:18:00.
Jos De Gruyter & Harald T...
Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys 'Optimundus', 2013. Book, ink, paper, 24 x 18 cm, 67 p., language : English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen/Kunsthalle Wien/Sternberg Press, Berlin, ISBN : 9783943365535.
Het Fregat [The Frigate]
Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Het Fregat [The Frigate], 2009. Video, single channel hd video, 00:19:00.
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Jos De Gruyter & Harald T...
27 May 2011 - 10 July 2011.
The exhibition "Das Loch” at the NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein is a commemoration of the fictional personality of the painter Johannes (194
16 January 2010 - 14 March 2010.
...Here we imagined mainly Swiss well educated visitors that would wander about 500 drawings made with pencil. It was the combination of craf
Jos de Gruyter & Harald T...
07 February 2013 - 19 May 2013.
OPTIMUNDUS gave a panoramic overview of the artistic practice of Jos de Gruyter (°1965, Geel) & Harald Thys (°1966, Wilrijk), and thus br
Museum E!: Els Vanden Mee...
28 January 2017 - 25 February 2017.
M HKA and the Immaculata nursing home have developed an enduring partnership on the topic of contemporary art. This project aims to stimulate
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Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof