Installation view, Tursic & Mille: Strange Days, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 22 June - 7 August 2021 © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Installation view, Tursic & Mille: Strange Days, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 22 June – 7 August 2021 © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

French duo Ida Tursic and Wilfred Mille have created a calendar that charts the absurdity of time for their first solo UK exhibition.

Tursic & Mille: Strange Days is currently running at London’s Gallerie Max Hetzler, and features twelve paintings and two sculptures that each symbolise one month. According to the gallery, the exhibition “emphasises that painting is always about time and its absurdity.”

Running until 7 August 2021, the exhibition includes paintings that blend tones, styles and subject matter in a way that only Tursic & Mille are capable of. Playing up to their reputation for interrogating modern society’s overload of imagery, the work on display is a heady collision of the cute, the carnal, and the bizarre.

After a year in which many of us felt like time was noticeably distorted by the news, an exhibition that focuses on its strangeness ironically feels more relatable than ever. Works in the exhibition include a painting of a burping robin, a cat vigorously cleaning itself, and deer being attacked by UFOs.

Tursic & Mille, Happiness and Clouds (August), 2021, oil and white gold leaf on canvas, 200 x 150 cm.; 78 3/4 x 59 in. © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Tursic & Mille, Happiness and Clouds (August), 2021, oil and white gold leaf on canvas, 200 x 150 cm.; 78 3/4 x 59 in. © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Installation view, Tursic & Mille: Strange Days, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 22 June - 7 August 2021 © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Installation view, Tursic & Mille: Strange Days, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 22 June – 7 August 2021 © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Tursic & Mille, Le Pas-Radis ou l'Étrange Porc-trait Recadré par ses 4 Followers (October), 2020, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm.; 78 3/4 x 59 in. © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Tursic & Mille, Le Pas-Radis ou l’Étrange Porc-trait Recadré par ses 4 Followers (October), 2020, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm.; 78 3/4 x 59 in. © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Installation view, Tursic & Mille: Strange Days, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 22 June - 7 August 2021 © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

Installation view, Tursic & Mille: Strange Days, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 22 June – 7 August 2021 © Tursic & Mille. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Jack Hems

This isn’t the first time Tursic & Mille have explored the nature of time in relation to their work. To celebrate ten years of joyous collaboration, the pair compiled Decade, a reference book containing 200 works in various styles, including inkjet paintings, magazine pages and scenes from movies.

“A reflection on a year where days turned into months, the artists guides us through a world of strange days bursting with colour, cheese, bichons, pigs, finger painting, mountains, pills, nurses and noblewomen,” says the gallery.

“Ignoring the distinctions between high and low culture, and combining genres and time periods with acute humour and a cunning knowledge of art history, the artists comment on our visually saturated world and continuously push the boundaries of image-making today.”

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