1926 - 1987
Born in Sauve (FR), died in Les Eyzies (FR), based in Brussels (BE).
"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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Galerie Légitime – Place ...
Robert Filliou, Galerie Légitime – Place de la Concorde, 1968. Mixed Media, photograph and ink on cardboard, 46 × 37 × 1.5 cm.
Concept Not Conceived
Robert Filliou, Concept Not Conceived, 1972. Mixed Media, ink, wax, various materials, 70 x 50 x 3.5 cm.
L' Immortelle mort du monde
Robert Filliou, L' Immortelle mort du monde, 1960-1967. Multiple, print on cardboard, 72.5 x 55.8 cm.
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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
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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humor & tragedie [humour ...
How do artists play with humour, tragedy and irony, and how do they express this? You will see that humour, in particular, is used to poke cr
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Aanwinsten 2015 [Acquisit...
In 2015, several major works by Belgian, European, African, Asian and South-American artists were purchased. In shaping the M HKA collection,