• additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA



Size: 15.7 H x 15.7 W x 1.6 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.


The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

Davis Lisboa, “#RobertFilliou16”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)

What/who inspired the work?
Conceptually, this portrait of Robert Filliou is a composition of two different documentary photographies. The first image painted on the canvas corresponds to the interior of the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Départment des Aigles, Section XIXe siègle", at 30 rue de la Pèpinière, Brussels, circa 1968. The second corresponds to a portrait of Robert Filliou made by an unknown photographer, without specified date or place. What meaning springs from this juxtaposition?

Formally, I was inspired by the paintings blurred paintings, based on photographs by German artist Gerhard Richter.

What do you hope its viewers will think?
I hope that viewers understand that there is a narrative within the history of art that deals with the artists who created their own museums. This narrative is constructed through Marcel Duchamp (Boîte-en-valise, 1936-1941), Robert Filliou (La galerie légitime, 1962-1963) and Marcel Broodthaers (Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-1972) . Following this narrative, I decided to create the Davis Museum, The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (2009-ongoing), which is, simultaneously, a readymade sculpture, a non-profit collective art project, and at the same time, a cultural entity recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (an Autonomous Community in Spain).
Created symbolically in an electoral ballot box and disseminated mainly through Facebook, the Davis Museum is also the smallest contemporary art museum in the world.

This cultural entity has several sections and one of them is "The Paintings Section From Davis Museum". It is divided into portraits and still lifes. The portraits represent Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers; while still lifes represent the "Boîte-en-valise" (Box in a suitacase), the "Galerie légitime" (Legitimate gallery) and the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles).

Why did you choose the medium, the frame format and the color?
I chose oil on canvas because I am interested in painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical repository of images and ideas. I only use the best materials, such as oil paintings from Old Holland, medium from Blockx, as well as canvases made with linen. As the Davis Museum is a cube, I chose the frame of the paintings to be square. And since the Davis Museum's brand color is blue, I chose to have this color for all paintings.


The Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
The Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium
The Francesc Torres Collection, Barcelona, Spain.
The Alejandro Vásquez Herrero Collection, Viladecans, Spain.
The Daniel Marcoux Collection, Montreal, Canada

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Keywords: Portrait, Blue, Bust, French, Galerie Légitime, Robert Filliou, Fluxus, Face, Artist, Head, Legitimate Gallery

Subjects: World Culture

Styles: Documentary, Figurative, Fine Art, Pop Art, Photorealism

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: World Culture Art Prints, Documentary Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Photorealism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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