Strange Days

Featuring Daniel Gustav Cramer

Jan 18th — Apr 16th, 2017
FRAC Ile de France, Paris

Daniel Gustav Cramer Tales (Ericeira, Portugal, September 2011)

Daniel Gustav Cramer

Tales 62 (Ericeira, Portugal, September 2011), 2014

2 C-Prints
Each: 25,5 x 20 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

Courtesy the artist; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf


FRAC Ile de France

Curated by

  • Xavier Franceschi

Featured Artists

Some works seem to be telling us a lot about the world in which we live, about this current period, without explicitly indicating specific events that we could no doubt relate to.

Art is always rooted in reality. Whatever the approach adopted by the artists, in principle it expresses a real-life experience. However, without being explicit or intentional, some works more than others reflect developments in the world, the dangers and numerous disturbances. Their strength lies in this way of being totally relevant, of being completely contemporary.

The Strange Days exhibition draws on some of the latest acquisitions made by Frac Île-de-France and presents a number of these pertinent works.

Scattered throughout Le Plateau, they display a set of distinguishing characteristics of the modern world such as tension, uncertainty, absence, disintegration, violence etc. These resound in us strangely in light of our understanding be it (geo) politics, economics, ecology, etc. The way each of these works is perceived cannot however be confined to this single point of view. They by no means directly indicate specific topical phenomenon  – or if they do, it is not from a so-called socially “engaged” art perspective –, and they are embedded in initiatives with a variety of issues greatly exceeding this purpose alone.

The artworks brought together in the exhibition are displayed with resolute biases such as obscurity and dispersion, the only source of light is provided by the pieces themselves, above all emphasising a formal expression, they create a particularly symbolic landscape of the world as it is, of this world that is constantly announcing strange and worrying consequences.


For further information please contact Tine Lurati via e-mail or call +492113014360.

  • Monday—Friday
    10.00 am—6.30 pm
  • Saturday
    12.00 am—2.30 pm
  • Closed on Saturday, March 14 and 21, 2020