Vladimír Skrepl (1955), the 2008 laureate of the Michal Ranný Award, has ranked to the most influential and most significant personalities on the Czech art scene since the 1980s. On the other hand – and in spite of his extensive artistic activities and his lecturing at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts – he remains a certain anomaly in the eyes of the “serious” art criticism and art historians; an anomaly which cannot be overlooked but which no one actually knows what to do with.
Skrepl the autodidact lacking formal restraints and being immensely interested in the events on the art scene has always been blamed for imitating foreign influences. His distinct expression and his transformations are, however, intrinsically linked with his own reflection of the world. The present exhibition, organized by the Moravian Gallery in Brno, will be the first occasion for the public to become introduced to the energy and the qualities of his work.
The Michal Ranný Award his announced bi-annually by the Society of Friends of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the Moravian Gallery itself with the aim to draw attention to a striking personality that fundamentally enriches Czech visual culture both from the aspect of contents and form. The first laureate of the award was Dalibor Chatrný, followed by Miroslav Šnajdr the Elder, Stanislav Kolíbal and Jiří Kovanda.
“Vladimír Skrepl in a Mirror“
Exhibition of the 2008 laureate of the Michal Ranný Award
The Moravian Gallery in Brno