The artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys have been collaborating for 30 years. Together, they continue to spawn a legion of videos, drawings, sculptures, installations, performances, and photographs. These materials offer the artists vehicles, which they populate with humans and their stand-ins – stupefied family members, hysterical puppets, anthropomorphized objects. Some of these characters are friends, or intermediaries that serve in their place. Others are the derelict occupants of a ‘parallel world’ that goes unrecognized by most, despite its being inexorably entangled with the world most of us identify.
Sometimes their work is perplexing, but the hushed laughter it elicits is tuned to a rather dark station. After all, or overall, the artists wallow in the most depressing of cultural trenches, in the most vile historical quagmires and, when they emerge – indelibly soiled in the moribund and strange aspects of humanity, its absurd technological prosthetics, ist endless neuroses and traumas – they wring it out and give it a frozen form, a more appropriately awkward posture.
On Friday 21 April 2017, Kunstverein München will open 30 Jahre Kunst – an unconventional survey of the artists’ work that will span the Kunstverein’s entire 1. OG and Kino spaces. A fictionalised reconstruction of the life and work of two “artists” by a fictional curator, the exhibition will feature a dense collection of unknown and obscure artefacts of mysterious origins – residues of films never shown, parts and protagonists from old exhibitions, and ideas and thoughts by the artists not (yet) realised.
The exhibiton will be open from 22/04/17 – 25/06/17