Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille

Are Men Unicorns?


Brussels

Opening on Thursday, October 25th, 2018
From 5 to 8 pm

  • , Are Men Unicorns, 2018
    Oil on wood
    46 x 37 x 6 cm
    18 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 2 3/8 inches
  • , Silver landscape, eight multicolored, 2018
    Oil on silkscreened canvas
    215 x 190 x 5 cm
    84 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 2 inches
  • , Silver landscape, seven multicolored, 2018
    Oil on silkscreened canvas
    215 x 190 x 5 cm
    84 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 2 inches
  • , Silver landscape, four multicolored, 2018
    Oil on silkscreened canvas
    215 x 190 x 5 cm
    84 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 2 inches
  • , Silver landscape, three multicolored
    Oil on silkscreened canvas
    215 x 190 x 5 cm
    84 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 2 inches
  • , Silver landscape, multicolored 1, 2018
    Oil on silkscreened canvas
    215 x 190 x 5 cm
    84 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 2 inches
  • , Flowers, 2018
    Oil on wood
    74 x 100 x 21,5 cm
    29 1/8 x 39 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches
  • , Little fire, 2018
    Oil on wood
    73 x 19 x 19 cm
    28 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
  • , Male nude and yellow flowers, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 300 x 5 cm
    78 3/4 x 118 1/8 x 2 inches
  • , Zizi, 2018
    Oil on wood
    225 x 50 x 48 cm
    88 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 18 7/8 inches
  • , La licorne amoureuse, 2018
    Oil on wood
    146 x 120 x 21,5 cm
    57 1/2 x 47 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
  • , La licorne amoureuse, 2018
    Oil on wood
    146 x 120 x 21,5 cm
    57 1/2 x 47 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
  • , Black flowers, 2018
    Oil and silver on canvas
    200 x 300 x 5 cm
    78 3/4 x 118 1/8 x 2 inches
  • , Bettie, 2018
    Oil on wood
    184 x 235 x 5 cm
    72 1/2 x 92 1/2 x 2 inches
  • , Bettie, 2018
    Oil on wood
    184 x 235 x 5 cm
    72 1/2 x 92 1/2 x 2 inches
  • , Nude and colors, orange and blue, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    180 x 135 x 5 cm
    70 7/8 x 53 1/8 x 2 inches
  • , Nude and colors, flesh tones, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    180 x 135 x 5 cm
    70 7/8 x 53 1/8 x 2 inches
  • , Nude and colors, green, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    180 x 135 x 5 cm
    70 7/8 x 53 1/8 x 2 inches
  • , L’inquiétante licorne pachydermique, 2018
    Oil on wood
    105 x 82 x 5 cm
    41 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 2 inches
  • , Blue smear, 2018
    Oil on wood
    215 x 123 x 3 cm
    84 5/8 x 48 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches
  • , Blue smear, 2018
    Oil on wood
    215 x 123 x 3 cm
    84 5/8 x 48 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches
  • , Eaten by the mouse still life, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    250 x 200 x 5 cm
    98 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 2 inches
  • , Grinning soul, 2018
    Oil on wood
    212 x 122 x 38 cm
    83 1/2 x 48 x 15 inches
  • , Grinning soul, 2018
    Oil on wood
    212 x 122 x 38 cm
    83 1/2 x 48 x 15 inches
  • , Ô toi que j'eusse aimée, ô toi qui le savais !, 2018
    Oil on wood
    234 x 122 x 29 cm
    92 1/8 x 48 x 11 3/8 inches
  • , Ô toi que j'eusse aimée, ô toi qui le savais !, 2018
    Oil on wood
    234 x 122 x 29 cm
    92 1/8 x 48 x 11 3/8 inches
  • , Eaten by the mouse pink nude, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    160 x 135 x 5 cm
    63 x 53 1/8 x 2 inches
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Oil on aluminium
    200 x 300 x 6 cm
    78 3/4 x 118 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches
  • , Happy bichon
    Oil on wood
    92 x 60 x 18 cm
    36 1/4 x 23 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches

Press release

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to present Are Men Unicorns?, a new exhibition by Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, their fourth with the gallery and their second in Brussels.

Tursic & Mille began collaborating in 2000, the start of a new Millennium marked by a near-constant deluge of photographic images and technological, social, and political upheavals that seem to occur at a perpetually accelerating pace. From the very beginning, they have deliberately sought to simultaneously embrace and critically understand what place their primary medium of painting can occupy in such circumstances, wielding it like a weapon to place an ancient and versatile pictorial technology at the forefront of a dynamic practice.

Tursic & Mille have assigned themselves the task of creating artworks that both have staying power and are also “new and interesting,” to paraphrase a long-ago recurring feature in now-defunct French magazine Actuel. They do so in a militant manner, by using in a whimsical, humorous way a medium too often touted as dead, a defiant and radical choice if there is one in today’s Zeitgeist. Moreover, though ambitious, their paintings are never arrogant or condescending. They remain approachable and enjoyable for all. With light touches, Tursic & Mille deflect the apparent magnitude of their aspiration, deftly mixing actual painterly touch-ups with the inclusion of offbeat figures such as the recurring presence of their Border Collie Maximus, who often appears as a small detail within a large-scale painting. Other recurrent images include Bettie Page’s silhouette, flowers, and actual landscapes like Cézanne’s original inspiration, Mont Sainte-Victoire.

- Noëllie Roussel


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