Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys

Images

  • Installation view of video projection: a bright yellow object with sunglasses and tan fuzz that resembles a beard
  • Installation view of a video projection of two humanoid dolls sitting at a table shaded by a striped umbrella
  • Two audience members watch a video projection of abstract painted lines on a white background in a dark room with paintings
Installation view of video projection: a bright yellow object with sunglasses and tan fuzz that resembles a beard
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Installation view of a video projection of two humanoid dolls sitting at a table shaded by a striped umbrella
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.
Two audience members watch a video projection of abstract painted lines on a white background in a dark room with paintings
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch - Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nick Ash, courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin.

About

Brussels-based, Belgian artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys have been working collaboratively since the late 1980s. Although their primary medium is video, their practice has expanded in recent years to include sculpture, photography, drawing, and even painting. In fact, painting, as the traditional incarnation of the idea of art, lies at the center of their largest installation to date, Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis (In the empire of the solar eclipse, 2010–11), the sole work on view in this installment of the MCA Screen series. Throughout their body of work, however, narration remains the central, structuring principle. Language and communication—and just as often their absence—occupy a pivotal place in their practice.

Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, the first major work by this duo to have been acquired by an American institution, is an installation comprising 200-plus paintings ascribed to a painter named Johannes, the fictional protagonist of the 25-minute video Das Loch (The hole), which is equally part of the work. The paintings, made by Gruyter and Thys in the course of a couple of weeks in 2011, are provocatively, jarringly ugly, a sensibility echoed in the aesthetic of Das Loch: lead actors made out of polystyrene in haggard outfits (naturally, the artist wears a beret), the halting monotone of a computer voice, gloomy gray surroundings, a dismal assembly of throwaway props. The film is made up of a series of still shots slowly creeping by, accompanied, in part, by what appear to be random musings on the latest technological gadgets. Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis makes for uneasy viewing, and that malaise can only partly be put to rest by reducing the work to a reflection on the erosion of the mythology of artisthood. If Gruyter and Thys’s work strikes us as alienating, it is precisely because the truth of alienation they are hinting at is the human condition’s hardest kernel.

The inclusion of this work in the MCA Screen series emphasizes its affinity with the significant surrealist undercurrent in the MCA collection, evident in the museum’s holdings of work by original masters such as René Magritte as well as more contemporary representatives such as Kai Althoff, Tony Oursler, and Cindy Sherman. Indeed, if there is anything prototypically “Belgian” about Gruyter and Thys’s oeuvre at all, it is their debt to a sinister subgenre of surrealism that is most often identified with Magritte and proto-surrealists such as James Ensor and Félicien Rops—a tradition that is marked by a deep-seated feel for the morbid and the macabre, and a sardonic sense of humor.

This exhibition is organized by Dieter Roelstraete, former Manilow Senior Curator, and Curatorial Assistant Karsten Lund.

The exhibition is presented in the Turner Gallery Lynn and Allen Turner, Jennifer Turner Gordon and M. Scott Gordon, Christopher M. R. Turner and Melanie Liss on the museum’s fourth floor.

Installation Images

  • A humanoid figure wearing a beret and plaid shirt stands at an easel holding a paint palette. In the background, there are abstract paintings hung in a cluster on the wall and a video projection of a human doll with a goatee and wearing sunglasses .
  • Installation view of colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on the grey gallery walls and on a black folding display board
  • Installation view of a cluster of colorful drawings and paintings hung on a grey wall and a pedestal with two sculptures in a clear, protective case
  • Colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on a black folding display board
  • Installation view of sculptures on pedestals, colorful abstract paintings hung in clusters on a folding display board and on the walls, and a humanoid figure painting at an easel in the middle of the room
  • Installation view of paintings and sculptures in a grey gallery, rows of chairs in the foreground, and a humanoid figure on the left standing at an easel and canvas
  • More than a dozen paintings and three sculptures on a pedestal in a grey gallery with a black folding display board
  • Colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on the grey walls of a gallery and an abstract sculpture on a pedestal
  • Colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on the grey walls of a gallery and on a free-standing folding board
  • In this photograph, a humanoid sculpture with a yellow head wears a plaid shirt and paints a canvas on an easel in the middle of gallery densely hung with paintings.
  • A humanoid figure with a yellow head stands in front of an easel and canvas in the middle of a dark grey gallery with paintings hung in clusters and sculptures on pedestals.
  • A humanoid figure wearing a beret and plaid shirt stands at an easel holding a paint palette. There are abstract paintings and a video projection of a human doll in the background.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
A humanoid figure wearing a beret and plaid shirt stands at an easel holding a paint palette. In the background, there are abstract paintings hung in a cluster on the wall and a video projection of a human doll with a goatee and wearing sunglasses .
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view of colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on the grey gallery walls and on a black folding display board
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view of a cluster of colorful drawings and paintings hung on a grey wall and a pedestal with two sculptures in a clear, protective case
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on a black folding display board
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view of sculptures on pedestals, colorful abstract paintings hung in clusters on a folding display board and on the walls, and a humanoid figure painting at an easel in the middle of the room
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view of paintings and sculptures in a grey gallery, rows of chairs in the foreground, and a humanoid figure on the left standing at an easel and canvas
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
More than a dozen paintings and three sculptures on a pedestal in a grey gallery with a black folding display board
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on the grey walls of a gallery and an abstract sculpture on a pedestal
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Colorful, abstract paintings hung in clusters on the grey walls of a gallery and on a free-standing folding board
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
In this photograph, a humanoid sculpture with a yellow head wears a plaid shirt and paints a canvas on an easel in the middle of gallery densely hung with paintings.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
A humanoid figure with a yellow head stands in front of an easel and canvas in the middle of a dark grey gallery with paintings hung in clusters and sculptures on pedestals.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
A humanoid figure wearing a beret and plaid shirt stands at an easel holding a paint palette. There are abstract paintings and a video projection of a human doll in the background.
Installation view, MCA Screen: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, MCA Chicago, Aug 8, 2015–Jan 17, 2016. Work shown: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Das Loch – Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, 2010–11. Color video transferred to DVD, folding display boards, plinth mounted sculptures, and oil and acrylic on board; overall dimensions variable . © 2010–11 Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2012.120. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.