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Renowned figure of contemporary art brut this Czech artist is fascinated by medical iconography. An expert in the mysteries of the anatomy he indulges - when he is not drawing - in all sort of performative experiences reminiscent of the Viennese Actionism. By testing the limits of the physical existence, he conjures death, sublimating life in its most organic form. His detailed works crafted with Indian Ink and acrylic entered the collection of the Centre Pompidou in 2013 and were displayed several times at la Maison rouge and in 2017 at Venice Biennal.

portrait of Lubos Plny - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Date 1961 —
Country Czech Republic

Since childhood, Luboš Plný has devoted himself to his two passions: drawing and anatomy. His fascination for the body led him to carry out all kinds of experiments on himself, made him an expert in the mysteries of anatomy, in the circulation of fluids and secretions. Drawing one of his organs would lead him to a form of meditation on the limits of his physical existence, a way of conjuring death, of sublimating life.

“His organic drawings, both precise and anatomically whimsical, show an almost worrying taste for decomposition and dissection,” wrote Roxana Azimi in 2012. Luboš Plný is the first art brut artist to have been acquired by the National Museum of Modern Art in 2013. In his works in India ink reworked using acrylic and often decorated with organic materials, Plný – who is convinced that drawing one of his organs would lead him to a form of meditation on the limits of his physical existence – delivers in a conjuratorial protocol his anatomical studies codified to the extreme.

The only son of a possessive mother, Luboš Plný devoted himself from childhood to his two passions: drawing and anatomy. He loves dissecting animals. This taste will never leave him. Transferred to a psychiatric hospital during his military service, he began to study the medical and psychiatric literature very seriously. Fascinated by decomposing bodies, he graduates as a gravedigger but is mainly employed as a model at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Hence the stamp with which he “signs” all his works: “Luboš Plný, academic model”. He also notes on his drawings the days and hours spent working there.

A major discovery of art brut, Luboš Plný was exhibited in Japan in 2012 at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe. He has been shown twice at the Maison rouge in the exhibitions: Le Mur, works from Antoine de Galbert’s collection and art brut, abcd/Bruno Decharme collection.

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untitled, 2010
23.62 x 33.07 in
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untitled, 2015
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untitled, 2014
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untitled, 2012
23.62 x 33.07 in
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *preTENse*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2015. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Stéphane Corréard
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition preTENse, from September 12th to October 10th, 2015.

2021, Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris. From October 21 to 24, 2021.
World Exhibition, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo. From July 16 to September 5, 2021.
Photo Brut
Coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, American Folk Art Museum, New York. From January 24 to June 6, 2021.
Sereno variavel
curated by Antonia Gaeta, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira. From October 31, 2020 to May 2, 2021.
face to face
curated by gaël charbau, the bridge. From October 22, 2020 to January 24, 2021.
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#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
In the flesh
real bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 11, 2020.
Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, Rencontre d'Arles. From July 1 to September 22, 2019.
Travel memories
Antoine de Galbert collection, musée de Grenoble. From April 27 to July 28, 2019.
Viva Arte Viva
Venice Biennale, Italie. From April 14 to November 26, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
salon des galeries et des collectionneurs engagés , carreau du temple. From December 8 to 11, 2016.
Brut Now
art brut in the technological era, Belfort Museums . From October 29, 2016 to January 16, 2017.
La Centrale, Bruxelles. From March 24 to August 28, 2016.
Du nombril au cosmos
autour de la collection abcd/ Bruno Decharme, Art et Marges museum, Bruxelles. From September 25, 2015 to January 24, 2016.
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
cité de la mode et du design. From October 22 to 26, 2014.
art brut masterpieces and discoveries
carte blanche à bruno decharme, at the gallery. From October 21 to November 29, 2014.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
The Wall
Antoine de Galbert Collection , la Maison rouge, Paris. From June 14 to September 21, 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
art paris art fair 2014
la chine à l’honneur, grand palais. From March 26 to 30, 2014.
drawing now 2014
Le Carreau du Temple. From March 25 to 30, 2014.
Drawing Now 2013
Carrousel du louvre, paris. From April 11 to 14, 2013.
Metro Show
Cavin Morris Gallery, New York. From January 24 to 27, 2013.
slick art fair paris
paris. From October 17 to 21, 2012.
beyond the boundaries season 2012
discoveries and recent acquisitions. From September 8 to October 13, 2012.
Anatomia Metamorphosis
Muzeum Montanelli, Praha. From June 15 to September 30, 2011.
Corps accords
Art & Marges Museum, Brussels . From September 10 to December 31, 2010.
art paris 2010
From March 18 to 22, 2010.
salon du dessin contemporain
From April 10 to 14, 2008.
Exhibition view of *Photo Brut, Bruno Decharme & compagnie collection *, Mécanique Générale, Arles, 2019 - © © bruno decharme & compagnie collection, christian berst — art brut
christian berst art brut booth *(off)icielle*, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, from october 22th to 26th, 2014 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *in the flesh : veritable bodies*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2020 - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
La collection de Bruno Decharme, un trésor d’art brut
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. June 10, 2021.
In a disturbing and exceptionnal New Survey, the American Folk Art Museum is defining a new genre : outsider photography
Taylor Dafoe, Artnet News. February 17, 2021.
Photo brut, collection Bruno Decharme & compagnie
Lyle Rexer, The Brooklynrail. February 5, 2021.
Photography in the Raw
Roberta Smith, The New York Times. February 4, 2021.
En manque d’expos ? Six idées de galeries à visiter
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. December 17, 2020.
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Christian Berst : « L’art brut est au cœur et non à la marge »
Marie-Laure Desjardins, Art Hebdo Médias. October 22, 2020.
quatrième tour des galeries post-confinement
La Rédaction, Connaissance Des Arts. June 20, 2020.
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
que reste-t-il de la vogue de l’art brut
Roxana Azimi, Quotidien De L’art. September 12, 2019.
Arles 6 : Photographie brute, vers un peu de cohérence
Marc Lenot, Amateur D’art, Par Lunettes Rouges. September 4, 2019.
Artpress à Arles. épisode 3
Charles-Arthur Boyer, Artpress. July 18, 2019.
collectionneurs d’art brut
Claire Margat, La Quinzaine Littéraire. March 16, 2019.
Photography as a Tool of Art Experiment
Nadia Rovderová, Fotograf Magazine #31. May 30, 2018.
avec connected, la centrale retrouve ses racines
Jean-marie Wynants, MAD (Le Soir). July 20, 2016.
Annette Messager - galerie christian berst
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. September 28, 2015.
L’art brut comme aspiration infinie
La Rédaction, Première Vision. July 15, 2015.
Oficielle, beaucoup de bruit pour rien ou presque. Notre sélection qui sauve l’honneur
Hugo Saadi, October 22, 2014.
l’art brut sous les feux des projecteurs
La Rédaction, La October 15, 2014.
La beauté brute à Sao Joao
Roxana Azimi, M-Le Monde. October 6, 2014.
L’art brut à contre courant
Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee Et Patrick Le Fur, Arts Magazine. August 29, 2014.
L’art brut a sa place à Art Paris Art Fair
La Rédaction, AMA. March 26, 2014.
Art Paris Art Fair persiste et signe
Eléonore Thery, L’Oeil. March 1, 2014.
Il bello del Brut: i dilettanti sono blue-chips
Luana De Micco, Il Giornale Dell’Arte. January 23, 2014.
Drawing Now bilan satisfaisant
Eléonore Thery, Le Journal Des Arts. April 26, 2013.
Slick Art Fair : les 10 coups de coeur de la rédaction
The Menlook Tribune. October 19, 2012.
autopsie d’un art
Roxana Azimi, Le Quotidien De L’art. September 24, 2012.
Rentrée hors les normes 2012
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. September 19, 2012.
Outside is in: creation on the margins of madness and the otherly
International Art Diary. December 14, 2010.
They are n°1
Surface. August 20, 2010.
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
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Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Antoine de Galbert collection
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
Luboš Plný

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