Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys

Born in Geel, Belgium, 1965
Born in Wilrijk, Belgium, 1966
Live and work in Brussels, Belgium

Solo Exhibitions

‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Kunstverein Munich, Germany
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys”, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania

‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Yale Union, Portland, USA
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Gavin Brown, Rome, Italy
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys: Fine Arts’, Raven Row, London, UK
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
‘Fine Arts’, MoMA PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY, USA
‘Die schmutzigen Puppen von Pommern’, The Power Station, Dallas, TX, USA
Tram 3, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Fransisco, CA, USA

‘DE BLOEMENFONTEIN VAN WORPSWEDE’, 1646, The Hague, The Netherlands
‘Das Wunder des Lebens’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
‘Die schmutzigen Puppen von Pommern’, Art Unlimited / Art 41 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
‘Die schmutzigen Puppen von Pommern’, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium

‘Optimundus’, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

‘Les énigmes de Saarlouis’, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, PMMK, Provincial Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende
‘Objects as Friends’, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal
‘Objecten als Vrienden’, Mu.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium

‘Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis’, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany
‘Das Loch’, NAK, Aachen, Germany
‘Objekte als Freunde’, kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
FCA Award Exhibition, New York, USA

‘Projekt 13’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
‘Das Loch’, Art Unlimited / Art 41 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

‘Suitcase Illuminated #6: Tunnel Effect – Part 1: Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’ (curated by Katia Anguelova, Alessandra Poggianti, and Andrea Wiarda), Kaleidoscope HQ, Milan
‘Der Schlamm von Branst’, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
‘Der Schlamm Von Branst’, Pro Choice, Vienna, Austria
‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Dépendance gallery, Brussels, Belgium

‘Ten Weyngaert’, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany

‘Dr Curlet reçoit Jos de Gruyter et Harald Thys’, FRAC Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris, France – with François Curlet
Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada

'The 48 hours of Kwik and Kwak', Etablissement d'en face, Brussels, Belgium

'The Spinning Wheel', Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

Group Exhibitions

‘Words aren’t the thing’, CAC, Vilnius, Lituania
‘Slip of the Tongue’, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy

‘The Divided Body’, Predikerkerk, Leuven, Belgium
‘Emoties’, Gemeentemuseum, Helmond, The Netherlands
‘Puddle, pothole, portal’, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY – curated by Ruba Katrib & Camille Henrot
‘Petals on the Wind’, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
‘I would prefer not to’, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Lou Ford’, établissement d’en face, Brussels, Belgium
‘Forcefield - drawing show’, A.VE.NU.DE.JET.TE - Institut de Carton vzw, Brussels, Belgium
‘The Hawker’, dépendance at Carlos/Ishikawa, London, UK

‘The Vanishing Points’, Muzeum Ziemi Otwockiej, Otwock, Poland – curated by Kasia Redzisz & Mirosław Bałka
‘À triple tour’, La Conciergerie, Paris, France – curated by Caroline Bourgeois
‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace)’, la Biennale di Venezia / Arsenale, Venice, Italy – curated by Massimiliano Gioni
‘Back to Earth. From Picasso to Ai Weiwei – The rediscovery of ceramics in art’, Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
‘Leisure, Discipline and Punishment’, Contour Biennial, Mechelen, Belgium – curated by Jacob Fabricius
‘Grundfrage’, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France – curated by Christian Kobald & Severin Dünser
'Fictions à L'œuvre : l'art contemporain livré à l'expérience du récit', FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
'Magic Hour', The Ridder – A House for Contemporary Art, Maastricht, The Netherlands
'You Only Fall Twice', Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Derry – Londonderry, Northern Ireland – curated by Beirut & FormContent

'The Castle in the Air. Séance of Imagination', Centre of Culture ZAMEK, Poznan, Poland – curated by Adam Budak
‘Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße’, Bremen, Germany
‘Panegyric’, Forde, Geneva, Switzerland
‘The Big Inexplicable Paravent Illusion’, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin, Germany
‘LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images’, ICA, London
, UK
‘Transmediale.12’, Berlin, Germany
‘At the Speed of Stone’, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA – curated by Anthony Huberman

Yes, we don’t’, IAC, Villeurbanne, France
‘Melanchotopia’, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands – curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen & Anne-Claire Schmitz
‘The Plot’, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada – curated by Melanie O'Brian
‘Found in Translation’ (cur. by Emmanuel Lambion), Chapter L, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece
‘In The Company of Humour (curated by Lieven Segers)’, Lokaal 01, Breda, Nederland

‘Session_13’, FormContent, London, UK – curated by Joshua Simon
‘Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art’, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium
‘Das Loch der kranke Prophet’, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Norway – with Steinar Haga Kristensen
‘Error #14: Into the light', Error one, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Pro Choice in Schattendorf’, Kunstverein Schattendorf
‘e-flux video rental’, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy
‘Rafa the Magician’, Netwerk, Aalst

‘The Thing’ / ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’, MuHKA at Mechelen, Belgium – curated by Dieter Roelstraete
‘Double Happiness’ / ‘The State Of Things. Brussels/Beijing’, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium – curated by Luc Tuymans & Philippe Pirotte
‘Un-Scene’, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium
‘5x5Castelló09’, Espai d´art contemporani de Castello, Spain
‘Jeugdzonde. Over opus één en opus min één’, Hedah, Maastricht travelled to LLS 387, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Come in, friends, the house is yours!’, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Austria
‘Isomopolis’, Etablissement d'En Face, Brussels, Belgium

‘Onthaasting: About Spare Time and Slower World’s, American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC
Manifesta 7. Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy
‘Sens dessus dessous’, CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, France
‘When Things Cast No Shadow’, 5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
‘A meeting between the tragic and the funny’, Hessenhuis, Antwerp

‘Who put Grandma under the stairs?’ (curated by Karina Bisch), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, The Nederlands
‘Lonely At The Top #4’, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium – curated by Dieter Roelstraete
‘The Go Between’, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘La Ricarda’, Internationales Kunstzentrum Ostbelgien, Eupen - curated by Michel François
‘Commitment’, De Garage, Mechelen
‘Confessions’, Montgomery, Berlin

‘Family Affairs’ (Harald & Erik Thys, Richard & Danny Venlet), Bozar, Brussels
‘Le Retour de la Colonne Durutti’ (curated by Gyonata Bonvicini), Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin
‘Choose Choice’, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

‘Visionair België / La Belgique visionnaire. C'est arrivé près de chez nous’, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium – curated by Harald Szeemann
ACECA, Strasbourg
Galerie Ambassador, Paris
Galerie Aliceday, Brussels
Galerie Archetype, Brussels

‘The Invisible Meeting’, Mariantonia, Sao Paulo
'Amicalement votre', Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing, France
‘Le Petit Chaperon Rouge’, Galerie Archetype, Brussels
‘De Tuin van Teirlinck (Harald Thys)’, Brussels, Belgium

‘Once Upon a Time...’, MuHKA, Antwerp
‘Urban Dramas’, deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Kraft der gewohnheit’, Galerie Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany
‘Coconutour’, CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, France

‘The Show Must Go On’, Witte Zaal, Gent, Belgium

'Marking the territory', Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland – curated by Marina Abramovic

BüroFriedrich, Berlin, Germany
Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany
'House of Haunted Horrors', Huis Aan De Werf, Utrecht, The Netherlands – curated by Moritz Küng



Tess Edmonson, ‘Otwock, Poland: Site and Narrative’, Afterall online, May 8, 2014,
Maaike Lauwaert, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys. M_HKA, Antwerp’, Modern Painters, June 2013, p. 92.
Kasia Redzisz, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys. M_HKA, Antwerp’, Frieze, 155, May 2013, pp. 226-227.
Chris Fitzpatrick, ‘Looking for the World in Both Directions’, Spike, 35, Spring 2013, pp. 132-134.
Jon Bywater, ‘Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)’, Artforum, April 2013.
John Beeson, ‘Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys at Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin’, Artforum, April 2012.
Ana Teixeira Pinto, ‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s “Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis”’, Art Agenda, January 13, 2012.
Kirsty Bell, ‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys. Neue Aachener Kunstverein’, Frieze, September 28, 2011.
Quinn Latimer, ‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys. Kunsthalle Basel’, Art in America, April 26, 2010.
Martin Herbert, 'Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys', Artforum, May 2010.


Moritz Küng, ‘De Gruyter & Thys: Oggetti come Amici’, Abitare, 521, April 2012.
Joshua Simon, ‘Neo-Materialism, Part Three: The Language of Commodities’, e-flux, 28, October 2011.
Jennifer Krasinski, ‘All is Disquiet. Portrait Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’, Spike, 28, Summer 2011, pp. 62-71.
Elena Filipovic, ‘Harald Thys & Jos de Gruyter’, Creamier. Contemporary Art in Culture, Phaidon, London, 2010, pp. 196-197.
Kito Nedo, ‘Wäschebeutel, Bomberjacken und Käseplatten’ (Kunsthalle Basel),, January 10, 2010.
Kito Nedo, ‘Verschiebung des Grauens’ (Projekt 13), Spex, 325, March-April 2010
Ursula Maria Probst, ‘Im Tresor der Sprachlosigkeit’ (Pro Choice, Vienna), Spike, 21, 2009.
Judith Wilkinson, ‘Systems Failure: The Embarrassing Antics of de Gruyter & Thys’, Afterall, 22, Autumn/Winter 2009, 55-61.
Joshua Simon, ‘The Silence of the Lamps — The Autism of the Recent Works of Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’, Afterall, 22, Autumn/Winter 2009, pp. 63-70.
Christophe Van Eecke, ‘A look at the lives of the Puppets. Videos by Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’, Metropolis M, April 2009, pp. 76-78.
Dieter Roelstraete, The Teaches of the Speechless, Mousse, 3, 16, December 2008 - January 2009
Teresa Steel, ‘Chained Melody: Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter in Vancouver’, Filip Review, 3, 11, Winter 2008.
Gerrit Gohlke, ‘Flämische Heilkunst’ (5. Berlin Biennale & Isabella Bortolozzi),, May 15, 2008.
Adrian Searle, ‘Toil and Rubble’ (5. Berlin Biennale), The Guardian, April 8, 2008.
Sean James Rose, ‘Deux Belges sur un Plateau. Carte blanche à François Curlet, qui invite Thys et Gruyter’, Libération, November 5, 2007.
Dieter Roelstraete, ‘The sacrificial lamb: Dieter Roelstraete Ponders the Work of Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys’, A Prior, 11, 2005.

Artists’ Publications & Releases

LES ENIGMES DE SAARLOUIS, Triangle Books, Brussels, 2014.
OBJECTS AS FRIENDS, Culturgest, Lisbon / kestnergesellschaft, Hanover / Mu.ZEE, Ostend
(Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne), 2013.
THE FRIGATE. By Erik Thys, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Grotto Publications, 2012. Vinyl record with music composed by Erik Thys for the video ‘The Frigate’ by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys.
AUTOMOSOLEUM. By Harald Thys, Erik Thys & Richard Venlet, Artissima, 2009.
‘GOOGLE BOOK 1’, (no. 1/3), Brussels, 2003. Published on the occasion of Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’ lecture for ‘Curating the Library’, deSingel, Antwerp, 28.11.2003.
JOS DE GRUYTER – HARALD THYS, Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, 2002. Box including 3 booklets and DVD.


DAS WUNDER DES LEBENS, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2014.
OPTIMUNDUS: M HKA 08 02 13 - 19 05 13, M HKA, Antwerp, 2013.


‘Car Lecture’ (Erik Thys & Harald Thys), Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Parallel Worlds’, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium

‘Car Lecture’ (Erik Thys & Harald Thys), The Artist's Institute, New York, USA

‘Car Lecture’ (Erik Thys & Harald Thys), Belluard Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland
‘Parallel Worlds’, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium

De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Parallel Worlds’, Beyond Entropy, Architecture Biennial, Venice, Italy

Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
‘Parallel Worlds’, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands

‘Blinding the Ears’, Artissima, Turin, Italy
Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany

Piet Zwart Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
‘Car Lecture’ (Erik Thys & Harald Thys), FRAC Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris, France
University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada

Ecole des Beaux Arts de Strasbourg, France

Ecole des Beaux Arts de Tourcoing, France

‘Curating the Library’, deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium


Extra City, Kunsthal Antwerp, Belgium
CAC Cinema, Vilnius, Lithuania
WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany
‘Conversation Piece’, 1646, The Hague, The Netherlands – curated by Maaike Gouwenberg

‘Das Loch’, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
, Moscow, Russia
‘The Frigate’, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium – curated by Elena Filipovic

‘Der Schlamm Von Branst’ & ‘Das Loch’, Cricoteka, Kraków, Poland
‘The Frigate’, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

‘Perennial #1’, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium
‘Parallel Worlds’, Arsenal, Berlin, Germany

‘Parallel Worlds’, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Arnolfini, Bristol, UK – curated by Richard Birkett
‘If I Cant Dance....’, ICA, London, UK
‘Project 35’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands – curated by ICI

The Steins, New York, NY – curated by Anthony Huberman
‘The Filmic Conventions’, FormContent, London, UK
Pro Choice, Vienna, Austria – curated by Lucie Stahl
Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours, France – curated by Yann Ricordel

Cinema on Baker Street, London, UK – curated by Isabella Bortolozzi & Dieter Roelstraete
Théatre Mercelis, Brussels, Belgium – curated by Dépendance

‘Parallelogram’, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
‘De Deserteur’, GC Ten Weyngaert, Forest, Belgium


‘Organ concert, music composed by Erik Thys, performed by Benjamin Saurer’, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
‘Organ concert & record release, music composed by Erik Thys, performed by Benjamin Saurer’, Votivkirche, Vienna, Austria

‘Organ concert, music composed by Erik Thys, performed by Benjamin Saurer’, Sankt Antonius Kirche, Basel, Switzerland
‘Organ concert & record release, music composed by Erik Thys, performed by Benjamin Saurer’, Kaiser Friedrich Gedächtniskirche, Berlin, Germany
‘Live concert & record release ‘The Frigate’, composed & performed by Erik Thys’, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium