1926 - 1987
Born in Sauve (FR), died in Les Eyzies (FR), based in Brussels (BE).
"L’art est ce qui rend la vie plus intéressante que l’art" - Robert Filliou
Robert Filliou was a French neo-Dadaist also involved in the Fluxus movement. Throughout his career, the “genius without talent” - as he described himself - has made films, actions poems, sculptures and performances. The vast number of editions and multiples were as important to Filliou as the ‘unique’ works allowing for the ludic, Fluxus-inspired element in his work to blossom. In 1978, Filliou jestingly reduces art’s relation to life to a simple mathematical formula stating that “art is a function of life plus fiction, with the fiction approximating zero”. Filliou has proposed in 1963 the celebration of “Art’s Birthday”, suggesting that art had been ‘born’ 1,000 years before, on January 17, a date which is also celebrated by the M HKA.
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Recherche sur l'origine
Robert Filliou, Recherche sur l'origine, 1974. Mixed Media, oil, pastel on canvas, wood, 280 x 8900 cm.
Project for Toilets in th...
Robert Filliou, Project for Toilets in the New Mönchengladbach Stadtmuseum. Drawing, pencil and felt pen on canvas, 142 × 159 cm.
And Life Begins Right Awa...
Robert Filliou, And Life Begins Right Away (je suis libre d' être libre), 1973. Mixed Media, ink, paper, cardboard.
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15 October 2011 - 25 November 2011.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
Dorothy Iannone – Love Is...
05 October 2023 - 21 January 2024.
The exhibition Love Is Forever, Isn't It? presents one of the most comprehensive surveys of Dorothy Iannone's prolific body of work, to be sh
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public