Portrait pas fait : Joseph Beuys

Robert Filliou


Drawing, 55 × 38 × 2 cm.
Materials: Ink, pencil and felt pen on canvas

Collection: Courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris.

The Principle of Equivalence, Filliou’s very own trinity, is a full frontal attack on the fundaments of Western culture: value and judgment. From an artistic and philosophical point of view, ‘well made’ may be seen as the canonical ideal of imitating nature and ‘badly made’ as a space for research and experimentation, while ‘not made’ is concept, axiom or principle.

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

IL: ‘N’: ‘Not-Made Portraits.’

RF: Do you want us to put some photos? I have them. No text, since we’ve already explained ‘Principle of Equivalence’.

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