THE MISFITS FAIR: THE FROZEN EXHIBITION (DEFROSTING THE FROZEN EXHIBITION), Galerie Légitime, London, 196272

Artists: Robert Filliou, Addi Köpcke, Gustav Metzger, Robin Page, Benjamin Patterson, Daniel Spoerri, Per Olof Ultvedt, Ben Vautier, Emmett Williams

Curated by: Robert Filliou

Duration: October 23, 1962October 22, 1972 (10 years)

Opening: Event to mark the inauguration of the “Galerie Légitime”, October 23, 1962, 10 a.m–6 p.m., Galerie One, London

Dimensions: 20.2 x 31.7 cm

Program: In conjunction with the fair, there was a special evening held at the ICA London on October 24, 1972 at 8.15 p.m., “which will include a 53 kilo poem by Robert Filliou, an Alphabet Symphony by Emmett Williams, a Paper Piece and The Triumph of Egg by Benjamin Patterson and a do-it-yourself chorale by Daniel Spoerri.”

Further Information: Organized by Robert Filliou in 1962, the seven participating artists placed several small works inside a bowler hat, which Filliou branded the “Galerie Légitime”. The bowler hat, containing the artworks, was placed inside a freezer bag “to underline the exhibition would not only last for weeks but for a full 10 years.” The Misfits Fair, which took place ten years later, saw the artworks defrosted. A poetic text on the back of the hat refers to this event as “built by people who sometimes sleep sound, sometimes don’t; sometimes are hungry, sometimes overfed; sometimes feel young, rich and handsome, sometimes old, ugly and poor; sometimes believe in themselves, sometimes don’t; sometimes are artists, sometimes not.”

ALW

Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Arthur "Addi" KöpckeBen VautierBenjamin PattersonDaniel SpoerriEmmet WilliamsRobert FilliouRobin Page


The invitation poster below is for another collaboration between Fluxus artists, including Robert Filliou, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, and Wolf Vostell, at Studio Wolf Vostell, Cologne, which opened on February 14, 1963 at 8 p.m. In this show, Filliou pursued the idea of frosting and presented frozen works by Pierre Restany, where he performed his “53 kilo poem”.

Filliou, Higgins, Knowles, Vostell, Studio Wolf Vostell, Cologne, 1963 (Poster/Invitation) © SKD
Filliou, Higgins, Knowles, Vostell, Studio Wolf Vostell, Cologne, 1963 (Poster/Invitation) © SKD