26/01/2019 8 pm
Mondo Cane Organ Piece
composed by Erik Thys

A newly commissioned organ piece will be performed as a preamble to MONDO CANE, a project by artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys selected to represent Belgium at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, and curated by La Loge director Anne-Claire Schmitz.

Composed by Erik Thys, the concert will adopt the form of an international anthem.

La Loge is institutional partner of the Belgian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale next to Bozar.

MONDO CANE is commissioned by Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Practical information 

Free admisssion
Limited seating
Reservation is required via:

Concert starts at 8 pm 

About the contributors

Jos de Gruyter (b. 1965) and Harald Thys (b. 1966) live in Brussels and have been working together since the late 1980s. The artist duo creates films, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures in which simultaneously hyper-recognizable and non-authoritarian characters, objects and spaces exist. De Gruyter and Thys have had numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including Konkurs Eksperten at Kunsthal Aarhus (2018); White Suprematism at Portikus Frankfurt and CAC Vilnius (2016); Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis at MCA Chicago; Fine Arts at MOMA PS1, Die schmutzigne Puppen von Pommern at The Power Station Dallas and Tram 3 ay CCA Wattis (2015); Das Wunder des Lebens at at Kunsthalle Wien (2014);  Optimundus at M HKA Antwerp (2013); Projekt 13 at Kunsthalle Basel (2010). The artists were included in the Venice Biennale (2013) and the Berlin Bienniale (2008).

Erik Thys (b. 1961) is a Belgian author, composer, artist and psychiatrist. As a psychiatrist, Erik Thys is affiliated with the Sint Alexius Psychosocial Centre in Brussels and the University Psychiatric Centre at the KU Leuven. He wrote the book “Psychogenocide” about the nazi mass murder of psychiatric patients and is president of KAOS, an organization at the intersection between art and psychiatry. Erik Thys also works regularly with visual artists. For example, he regularly appears in the films of Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, his brother. He composed the music for their projects 'De Vloek' (1999), 'Ten Weyngaert' (2007), ‘The Frigate’ (2008) and ’Mondo Cane’(2019). In collaboration with the artists Dora Garcia and Richard Venlet, he conceived the play 'Games People Play' (Playground Festival STUK Leuven 2007). He also shares a passion for cars with his brother Harald. Together, they hold lectures on the psychoanalysis of the car.