I Hate Work Which Is Not Play

Robert Filliou


Mixed Media, 58 x 76 x 5 cm.
Materials: felt pen on wood

Collection: Collection Eric Decelle, Brussels.

Excerpt of the conversation between Robert Filliou (RF) and Irmeline Lebeer (IL), Flayosc, France, August 1976.

RF: ‘Work as Play.’ We have two photos. We’ve already talked about this under ‘Genius Republic’ and ‘Principles of Poetical Economy’, and I illustrated it with some works. There’s one that’s almost a classic: I Hate Work Which Is Not Play [1970]. I made this construction while playing. And there’s another one that I’ll also find a photo of: Work As Play, Art As Thought (1973). One refers to the other. We spoke about it so much that it’s enough to put in references. I pulled out the photo the day before yesterday, but I don’t find it now. It’s somewhere in this room.

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