Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00003).
Robert Filliou made the photographic series Hand Show in collaboration with the photographer Scott Hyde. The series consists of 24 prints of photographs the duo shot of the hands of 24 artists, Filliou and Hyde included. Among the artists who lent a hand to be photographed were Roy Liechtenstein, Pol Bury and Andy Warhol; the latter, moreover, saw to it that the series would first be put on show in the display windows of Tiffany’s in New York. With Hand Show Filliou playfully examines what it is that might distinguish artists from non-artists. "It has occurred to me that the key to art may well consist in learning the significance or meaning of each part, line, marking or shape of the artists' hands. As a group, artists have many things in common that distinguish them from other groups", he says in an accompanying text. In the end, however, he has to conclude that all these hands display little in the way of similarities. Here, Filliou ridicules the notion that artists with their creative powers are somehow different than ‘regular’ folks. He calls into question the separation made between art and ordinary, everyday life.
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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
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
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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
Panamarenko, Jan Fabre, Vaast Colson, James Lee Byars, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Filliou, Jacques Lizène, Andrei Monastyrski, Hamlet Hovsepi