1926 - 1987
Based in Brussels (BE), born in Hannover (DE), 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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3 × 13
Robert Filliou, 3 × 13, 1963. Mixed Media, wooden panel, cardboard, plastic numbers, 14.9 × 10.9 × 2.4 cm.
Robert Filliou - The Secr...
Robert Filliou, Robert Filliou - The Secret of Permanent Creation, 2016. Book, ink, paper, 24 x 19 cm, 200 p., language : English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA), ISBN : 9789072828569.
Territoire n°0 de la Répu...
Robert Filliou, Territoire n°0 de la République Geniale – 25 looking for 26, 1970. Mixed Media, music stand, rope, wood, photography, collage, metal, 118 x 40 x 35 cm.
Project for Sky-Writing (...
Robert Filliou, Project for Sky-Writing (planche n°1), 1971. Print, ink, paper, silkscreen, 96.5 x 69 x 4.5 cm.
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Robert Filliou – Multiples
21 June 2003 - 21 August 2003.
Robert Filliou – multiples together with the people day collection Robert Filliou (°1926, Sauve; †1987, Lascaux, France) felt attracted to t
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
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
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
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public