Mondo Cane expo at Bozar

by Vincent

Mondo Cane is the title of the exhibition by Brussels artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys that represented the Belgian pavilion and won a special mention award during the last Venice Art Biennial in 2019 is now showing at the Bozar in Brussels.

On one side, this exhibition showcases a reassuring world, with familiar craftsmen of yesteryear, working their old trades and on the other, a darker and more disturbing side , populated with the psychotic or mentally ill, common criminals, collaborators, spies or souls possessed of by devil. To add to the general feeling of discomfort, about half of these dolls are automated, performing repetitive actions as you move around. A bit of the Adventures of Tintin but for adults, if you like…

This exhibit is held at the Bozar only until 21st of July 2020


Pictures of the “Mondo Cane” Exposition

THE KNIFE-GRINDER OF WEXFORD

The Knife-Grinder of Wexford


BRIGITTE PANNECOUCKE
Brigitte Pannecoucke in a wheelchair

BRIGITTE PANNECOUCKE
Mentally ill face of Brigitte Pannecoucke

SATERI
Chef Sateri, nicknamed Il Pesce (the fish)

SATERI
Close up picture on Sateri

FRANCELINE DE VEUGELEIR

Franceline De Veugeleir


FRANCELINE DE VEUGELEIR
Franceline De Veugeleir close-up on face

MOSQUETERO SIN DINERO

Mosquetero sin dinero of his real name Raf Smulkens


DE BELDER GUIDO

De Belder Guido, the inventor of Magical Abstract Realist Romanticism


DE BELDER GUIDO

Closeup on the face of De Belder Guido, the painter


THE RAT WOMAN

The Rat woman

THE RAT WOMAN

At her feet the rat and the filth


THE RAT WOMAN

The face of the rat woman


THE FOOL
The fool

ROCCO SWENTY DI MALAGA

Rocco Swenty Di Malaga, the ventriloquist


JACOBINA BIENEBOL

Jacobina Bienebol, the daugher of the preacher


JACOBINA BIENEBOL

Closep-up on the face of Jacobina Bienebol


ILSE KOCH

Ilse Koch


THE FOOL
THE SWISS

The Swiss murderer


THE SWISS
Closer look at the face of the Swiss

KLOTTEMANS
The body of Klottemans

KLOTTEMANS

The face of Klottemans


IRMGARD SPECK

Irmgard Speck, the introverted


IRMGARD SPECK

Closer look at the detail of the face of Irmgard Speck


FLOP
Flap the failed comedian

FLAP AND FLOP

Flip standing on the cart


FLAP AND FLOP
Close-up on the face of Flip

KRISTINUS OPLINUS

Kristinus Oplinus, the devout catholic turned Satan’s spawn


KRISTINUS OPLINUS
The face of Kristinus Oplinus

THE TOWN CRIER

Bartholomeus De Bie, the bell man


ERNST WOLLEMENGER

Ernst Wollemenger, the STASI spy


ERNST WOLLEMENGER

Ernst Wollemenger doll close-up


REVEREND SIMONS

Samuel Simons playing the piano


REVEREND SIMONS

Reverand Simons


LATHGRETA TOFT

Lathgreta Toft, the knitter


MADAME LEGRAND

Madame Legrand, the German collaborator

MADAME LEGRAND

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