7 Childlike Uses of Warlike Material

Robert Filliou


Installation, 182 x 400 x 92 cm.
Materials: wood, metal, broken glass, found objects, tools, clothing

Collection: Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris.

With the years Filliou became more attracted to meditation, Taoism and Buddhism. At the same time, he addresses the themes of violence and innocence, war and peace.

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

RF: So there’s also ‘Seven Childlike Uses of Warlike Materials.’ You have that portfolio, I think?

IL: There are no photos. Kaminski?

RF: No, I have then in here! I have photos of the originals and photos taken on the banks of the Rhine. So we have ‘Seven Childlike Uses...

IL: …of Warlike Materials’. Do we say it’s a portfolio?

RF: I don’t want it to look like a thing people can buy. We put nothing, just illustrations. We can say ‘silkscreens made with Kaminski.’ To give him credit. Project for Sky-Writing, that’s 1970 and the other one 1971, or maybe both the same year. It’s not important…

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