Boîte optimiste n°2 - Vive Le Mariage
Object, 9 x 12 x 2.5 cm.
Materials: wooden box, labels, picture
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00007).
Taking as his starting point the idea that 'well done, badly done and not done' are notions of equal value, Robert Filiou creates his series Optimistic Boxes as New Year's gifts. « Nouvel an Pour vous et vos amis renouvelez l'art d'offrir. Ces artistes ont conçu et réalisé pour vous des cadeaux...inquiétants insolents et baroques... De 30 à 3000 F. » (New Year for you and your friends, renew the art of giving. For you, these artists have conceived and made these presents... disturbing, insolent and baroque... From 30 to 3000 francs.)
Often the editions of Robert Filliou offer direct access to the artist's mental world, and this is also the case here with his famous Optimistic Boxes. These are objects that may be alternatively read from inside and from out.
Optimistic Box N°2 from 1969 sings the praises of marriage on the outside, while on the inside is a jocular addition in trio – the complementary image within is a pornographic picture featuring two men and one woman.
Media View all
Events View all
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
Robert Filliou – The Secr...
13 October 2016 - 22 January 2017.
In the coming years, M HKA will dedicate a series of exhibitions to key figures of experimental art in the second half of the twentieth centu