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A prominent figure in contemporary art brut, this Czech artist is fascinated by medical iconography. An expert in the mysteries of anatomy, he devotes himself – when not drawing – to all sorts of performances reminiscent of the actionists. By testing the limits of physical existence, he conjures up death and sublimates life in its most organic form. His extremely detailed works in Indian ink and acrylic entered the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris) in 2013, then in 2021 thanks to the Bruno Decharme donation, and were notably exhibited on several occasions at the Maison Rouge, in Japan and at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Luboš Plný - © Ⓒ Mario del Curto, christian berst — art brut
Date 1961 —
Country Czech Republic

The only son of a possessive mother, Luboš Plný devoted himself from childhood to his two passions: drawing and anatomy. He was transferred to a psychiatric hospital during his military service and then began to earnestly study medical and psychiatric literature. Fascinated by decomposing bodies and dissection, he obtained a diploma as an undertaker, but was 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”.

With this distinction, he began drawing at the beginning of the 2000s, compositions in Indian ink, enhanced with acrylic and sometimes collage, codified to the extreme, following an immutable protocol, mixing anatomical sections with multiple points of view and organ arrangements in which fluids and secretions circulate. “It’s a diary that I keep on a daily basis,” he explains. The state of his own organic life is thus at the heart of his work, and each of his drawings is part of a temporality. He invariably begins by noting the number of days he has lived since his birth, then the hours, the minutes even, worked on each part of the work, which he also intersperses with mentions of events experienced during the time of its composition, in tiny writing.

Plný is convinced that drawing one of his organs will lead him to a form of meditation on the limits of his physical existence. His work also reflects his passion for texture, haptics and eroticism.

Through his performances he confronts the limits of pain, which he experiences as an act of purification, transforming psychic and physical suffering into an artistic work.
Is this to be seen as a healing ritual, a sacrificial offering? Is it death that the artist seeks to tame or to ward off?

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
27.56 x 39.37 in
untitled, 2012
33.07 x 23.23 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
27.56 x 39.37 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2016
27.56 x 39.37 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2020
27.56 x 39.37 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
27.56 x 39.37 in
Catalog
preTENse
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.

Exhibitions
Deus ex machina
Musées de Soissons. From October 22, 2021 to February 21, 2022.
FIAC
2021, Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris. From October 21 to 24, 2021.
POCORART
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.
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face to face
curated by gaël charbau, the bridge. From October 22, 2020 to January 24, 2021.
Fiac
#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.
galeristes
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.
CONNECTED
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.
PreTENse
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.
(OFF)ICIELLE
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 *face to face*, curator: Gaël Charbau, the bridge by christian berst, Paris, 2020 - © christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Photo Brut, Bruno Decharme & compagnie collection *, Mécanique Générale, Arles, 2019 - © © bruno decharme & compagnie collection, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Photo Brut, Bruno Decharme & compagnie collection *, Mécanique Générale, Arles, 2019 - © © bruno decharme & compagnie collection, 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
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
Press review
Paris retrouve le goût de la foire
Jordane De Fay, Pedro Morais, Rafael Pic, Jade Pillaudin, Le Quotidien De L’art. October 27, 2021.
La Fiac reprend des couleurs
Clémentine Pomeau-Peyre, Challenges. October 27, 2021.
FIAC 2021 In Photos
La Rédaction, Widewalls. October 25, 2021.
FIAC 2021, à la reconquête de Paris
Valérie Duponchelle, Béatrice De Rochebouët, Le Figaro. October 23, 2021.
Nos coups de cœur à la FIAC
Emmanuelle Jardonnet, Emmanuelle Lequeux, Le Monde. October 22, 2021.
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« Il y a un vrai désir d’art » : à Paris, la Fiac revit dans un écrin éphémère
Sabine Gignoux, La Croix. October 21, 2021.
Démarrage en fanfare pour la FIAC
Alexandre Crochet, The Art Newspaper Daily. October 21, 2021.
Luboš Plný, portrait de l’artiste en modèle. Interview
Claire Margat, Art Press. October 21, 2021.
Parigi, il grande ritorno di FIAC
La Rédaction, Exibart. October 21, 2021.
Ouverture de l’édition 2021 de la FIAC
Pauline Chevallereau, Arts In The City. October 21, 2021.
FIAC 2021 Shines in the Shadow of the Eiffel Tower
Paul Laster, Galerie Magazine. October 21, 2021.
La Fiac comes back to life in an ephemeral setting in Paris
La Rédaction, Paudal. October 21, 2021.
Art brut et solo shows : un vent de fraîcheur
Alison Moss, Le Quotidien De L’art. October 20, 2021.
FIAC 2021, 10 artistes coups de coeur. Lubos Plny, d’encre et de chair
Lois Weinberger, Beaux Arts Magazine. October 17, 2021.
FIAC 2021 : Les galeries françaises montrent leurs atours
Anne-Cécile Sanchez, Le Journal Des Arts. October 15, 2021.
Notre sélection pour la FIAC 2021 - L’art brut en majesté avec christian berst
Alexandre Crochet, The Art Newspaper. October 8, 2021.
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.
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, Toutelaculture.com. October 22, 2014.
l’art brut sous les feux des projecteurs
La Rédaction, La Tribune.fr. 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.
Collections
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
France
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
France
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Antoine Frérot collection
France
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
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Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Antoine de Galbert collection
France
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Videos
Fiac 2021 lubos plny
Fiac 2021 : merci !
Luboš Plný

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