The “Mondo Cane” artistic project by Jos De Gruyter and Harald Thys has been selected to represent Belgium at the 58th Edition of the Venice Biennale festival of visual arts in 2019, the Minister of Culture for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Alda Greoli, announced on Wednesday. The duo of artistes, along with the project’s curator, Anne-Claire Schmitz, won a call for projects issued by the Federation.
Mondo Cane, which aims to exhibit “not without humour, the human figure within a national pavilion reminiscent of Europe”, was selected on June 27 by a jury of experts.
“This mixed team is a beautiful illustration of the spirit of collaboration,” that the Wallonia-Brussels Federation wanted to highlight, Minister Greoli said in a press release. “I am convinced that this trio has all the qualities to grace our national pavilion with a project that, I hope, will give people the desire to discover the excellence of creation in the French Community and more broadly, in Belgium.”
The project has been awarded a global budget of 450,000 euros. At the end of the Biennale, which will be held from the 11th of May to the 24th of November 2019, the project will be presented in Belgium in at least two institutions, one French-speaking and the other Flemish, the press released stated.