In Venice, the 58th Biennale of contemporary art has opened. This year the Belgian pavilion has been taken over by the disruptive, crazy, one could say “Bruegelian” world of the Belgian artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys.
They have transformed the pavilion into Mondo Cane, a folk museum on the subject of humanity, full of besotted automated dolls, traditional crafts, pastoral scenes, beauty and a considerable dose of ugliness.
With this surprising entry, the Belgian pavilion has received a “special mention” (the equivalent of the second prize) from the jury.
The Venice Biennale runs until 24 November. Afterwards the artists will adapt the exhibition to the architecture of Victor Horta and present a new version at BOZAR. This version of Mondo Cane can be visited in Brussels from 14 February 2020.