1926 - 1987
Born in Sauve (FR), died in Les Eyzies (FR).
"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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The Kingdom of Arts is In...
Robert Filliou, The Kingdom of Arts is Inside You, 1974. Mixed Media, felt pen on anathomical plance mounted on wood, 125 x 175 x 6 cm.
Research on the Origin
Robert Filliou, Research on the Origin. Multiple, offset print on blue graph paper, 32 × 10 × 9.3 cm.
La Carte n'est pas le ter...
Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, La Carte n'est pas le territoire, 1964. Mixed Media, metal mailbox, plastic, 25.7 x 18.2 x 5.8 cm.
14 chansons et 1 charade ...
Robert Filliou, 14 chansons et 1 charade / 14 songs and 1 riddle / 14 chansons und 1 rätsel, 1967. Book, ink, paper, 16 x 12 cm, 154 p..
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Museum of Parallel Narrat...
14 May 2011 - 02 October 2011.
Museum of Parallel Narratives presents a selection of works from the Arteast Collection 2000+ of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, the first
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
Robert Filliou – The Secr...
13 October 2016 - 22 January 2017.
In the coming years, M HKA will dedicate a series of exhibitions to key figures of experimental art in the second half of the twentieth centu
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Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
Aanwinsten 2015 [Acquisit...
In 2015, several major works by Belgian, European, African, Asian and South-American artists were purchased. In shaping the M HKA collection,