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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A Ladder (You Can Climb)
Robert Filliou, A Ladder (You Can Climb), 1969. Mixed Media, wooden ladder, paper, plastic, metal plaque, 235 × 68 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
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
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Panamarenko, Jan Fabre, Vaast Colson, James Lee Byars, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Filliou, Jacques Lizène, Andrei Monastyrski, Hamlet Hovsepi
"... They cannot be reduced. They’re not representable. The claim of the complexity of their design is irreducible. They never give the impre