1926 - 1987
Died in Les Eyzies (FR), born in Sauve (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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Ne pas avoir les yeux dan...
Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Ne pas avoir les yeux dans la poche, 1964-1969. Mixed Media, wooden box with lid, photograph, plastic, mounted on painted wood, 45.5 × 50 × 12 cm.
Spontaneity Is Fed by Non...
Robert Filliou, Spontaneity Is Fed by Non-Competence, 1969-1970. Mixed Media, wooden panel, pain boxes, letters, 55.7 × 57.3 cm.
Robert Filliou, For Duchamp, 1969. Mixed Media, wood, pencil, bicycle fork, 149 x 79 x 91 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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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
Meeting Points 7 – Ten Th...
25 October 2013 - 16 February 2014.
Meeting Points is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival aimed at the contextualised presentation of art from the Arab world, organis
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
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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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