1926 - 1987
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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La Cédille qui sourit : o...
George Brecht, Robert Filliou, La Cédille qui sourit : offerings inattendus, 1967. Poster, ink, paper, 74 × 33 cm.
Une bouteille de vin rêva...
Robert Filliou, Une bouteille de vin rêvant d' être une bouteille de lait, 1961. Mixed Media, 83 x 62 x 13 cm.
À la lisière
Robert Filliou, À la lisière, 1970-1979. Mixed Media, acrylic on transparent plastic paint box, 9 × 15 × 3 cm.
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15 October 2011 - 25 November 2011.
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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
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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,
Aanwinsten 2016 [Acquisit...
M HKA built up a substantial art collection from the former Soviet Union through earlier commitments in various movements, which can be used