Robert Filliou, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, 1970
Duration: November 14–December 12, 1970
Invitation Text: “Zum Besuch der Ausstellung sind Sie herzlich eingeladen” (You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition)
Dimensions: 21 x 14.6 cm
Further Information: “Joint works of Robert Filliou and: the rain and the sun / north east south west / memory of childhood / defiance (with my heart in it) / fun / good resolutions / ruthlessness / a Düsseldorf carpenter / fishing time / a price tag / a purple dream of evasion / song, singing / Marcelle (in a clowning mood) /a monkey / Mu-Mon / joy / and several other projects and pieces.”
In 1966, Robert Filliou formulated his Principles of Poetical Economy. With this publication, Filliou engaged with social and political economies through humor and playful problem-solving. Much like many other artists of the European Fluxus movement, Filliou worked with a set of values, which directly referred to contemporary political events and openly scrutinized socio-political conditions. Filliou lived in Düsseldorf from 1968 to 1973, where he engaged in an expansive artistic exchange with fellow artists Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Dieter Roth, and Daniel Spoerri.
Alfred Schmela opened his gallery in Düsseldorf in 1957. Along with Konrad Fischer, he was one of the most important gallery owners in West Germany during the 1960s and 1970s. From early on, Schmela represented international artists such as Jean Tinguely, Lucio Fontana, Arman, Robert Filliou, and Gordon Matta-Clark, connecting them with German audiences.
Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.