One of the most innovative and radical French artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Robert Filliou has opened up endless possibilities for the medium of sculpture through his performative approaches and use of chance, wit and play.
Filliou challenged the role of art in everyday life and its status as a final product through conceptual strategies and innovative techniques: utilising 'poor' art mediums (everyday objects and materials) and those that were easy to distribute (poetry, performance and video). Filliou called for the active participation of the public in order to complete the works, thus manifesting a positive socio-political interest over the world and society.
Filliou's joyful and radical approach led to the creation of projects and events such as the Legitimate Gallery (a miniature art gallery contained inside his hat); Art's Birthday (a day dedicated to the birth of Art); the Permanent Creation (uniting reflection, action and creativity); the Constant Festival (an imaginary art network); and the Republic of Genius (where one's talents do not count).
The process-based approach of Filliou brought him close to George Maciunas and other members of the Fluxus movement: George Brecht (with whom he co-founded the non-gallery La Cedille Qui Sourit, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France), Dieter Roth, Daniel Spoerri, and Emmett Williams.
Whilst Filliou has had many museum exhibitions in Europe, he is still considered a relatively unknown figure in the international art market.
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