GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN! We have missed you!

​​​​​​​Passing through a steel fence, one enters a secluded space occupied by 22 ashen-faced, mute dolls. About ten of them are automated and perform repetitive actions, condemned to an eternal monotonous existence. MONDO CANE can be seen as a Contemporary Museum of Folk Art in which the human figure is on show, in a society where inertia and apathy reign supreme.   

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys are seasoned hands in the creation of fictions filtered through hyperreality. They are intrigued by modern society’s current state of psychosis. The dolls in MONDO CANE are living proof of this.

MONDO CANE represented the Belgian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale with Anne-Claire Schmitz as curator and was given an honourable mention by the jury.   

The website mondocane.net and the catalogue – available at BOZAR – form an integral part of the exhibition.

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  • © Keith Haring Foundation

    Our exhibition spaces have reopened on May 19

    We are very pleased to tell you that the exhibitions at BOZAR have reopened on Tuesday 19 May

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    In their 2005 short film Het Geel van Gent, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys portrayed two layabouts in dressing gowns, who spend their time griping about one another and the wider world from their apartment in the Kapittelhuis building in central Ghent. 15 years later, the two moaning men appear as the characters Flap and Flop in the exhibition Mondo Cane.

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  • Beyond Fiction


    As you walk through the MONDO CANE exhibition, some of the 21 puppets made by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys miraculously come to life. The boundary with the audience blurs. Which is the puppet? Which is the human? The visitor’s guide provides a biography of each character, born of the imaginations of the two artists. However, several of the puppets actually have a connection to reality. Discover their stories here.

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