This exhibition at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art will present a cross-section of the work of Luboš Plný, the only Czech artist included in the Viva Arte Viva international exhibition at this year’s Biennale in Venice. The exhibition at DOX, his largest solo show so far in the Czech Republic, is conceived with a certain degree of hyperbole as an homage to the life and work of this self-taught artist and his success on the international art scene.
Luboš Plný’s work also includes the production of sex toys. Here, the certain brutality and ritually magical nature of his work is offset by humour and playfulness. For the exhibition at the DOX Centre, he created a brand-new installation entitled Handiwork. This collection of “erotic aids” gives the impression of an arsenal of refined instruments of torture assembled from fragments of furniture, plumbing, pieces of children’s toys, antlers, or for example perfume bottles. Juxtaposed, these instruments create a self-satisfying perpetuum mobile of endless pain and pleasure.
Up to now, Luboš Plný’s work has been shown in Prague primarily as part of exhibitions of international art brut (abcd, art collection, the Prague City Gallery, Dům U Kamenného zvonu, 2006; Anatomia Metamorphosis, Museum Montanelli, 2011; Art Brut Live, DOX, 2015). He has had solo shows in Prague at Millennium (2002) and Artinbox (2017). The Viva Luboš Plný exhibition at DOX is his hitherto largest solo show in the Czech Republic.
Works on loan from: the abcd/Bruno Decharme art collection, The DrAK Foundation, The Pacific Ocean Association and other private collectors.
Put on by: ABCD (Paris-Prague) and the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Curators: Ivana Brádková, Nadia Rovderová, Terezie Zemánková