1926 - 1987
Based in Brussels (BE), born in Hannover (DE), 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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L'origine du mot foule - ...
Robert Filliou, L'origine du mot foule - impression, 1971. Mixed Media, ink, paper (etching), 56.5 x 81 cm.
A Most Curious Invention ...
Robert Filliou, A Most Curious Invention of the Gaga Yogi, 1976. Multiple, wooden box, nails, plastic box, 7.4 x 10.6 x 8 cm.
Portrait of the Artist Je...
Robert Filliou, Portrait of the Artist Jenny, 1972. Mixed Media, cardboard box, photographs, ink , 36 x 43 x 3 cm.
Robert Filliou, Standard-Book/Livre-etalon, 1981. Multiple, paper, leporello, artist book, folded: 4 x 4 cm, unfolded: 4 x 79.6 cm.
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EXTRA MUROS: Tracés. Simi...
01 March 2012 - 31 March 2012.
TRACÉS. Similarities and dissonants was the upshot of a recycling project that started in 2010 in the recycling centre of Merksem. The centr
LATT: MUHKADEMIE 2013
27 September 2013 - 05 January 2014.
In 2013, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp marked its 350th anniversary. This makes it the fourth oldest art school in the world and the
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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,
NU TE ZIEN
The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive