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Václav Stratil


Václav Stratil (1950) appeared at the Olomouc art scene during the 1970s. His physically demanding delineated ink drawings of the 1980s represented the first highlight of his career. In the following decade, he turned his attention to photo performances (a term he coined for self-portrait photos taken at a local photo lab) in which he discovered the crucial theme of his own identity, and to paintings in which he used plastic tablecloths, wallpapers and color stickers instead of paints. In the first decade of the new millennium, Václav Stratil occupied himself predominantly with painting but in recent years, he worked with a great variety of expressions. Despite some external eccentric signs, his inner inclination aims at unity. He abandoned his earlier strategic multiplication of his identities in favour of more paths leading to a single, complex horizon in a productive syncretism based on the conviction that just like the author himself, art has also reached a stage of weakening obligations towards the society and towards itself and has become a field for unlimited surveys of personal fascinations openly admitting the need of succinct communication. In his subjects and rendering of his paintings and drawings, Václav Stratil highlights his own maturity (old age), the right to play, and sentimental emotions. He explores the area of low forms of visual expression whose visual codes are widely comprehensible.

Václav Stratil’s most important independent exhibitions include his “serial exhibit” of the 1990s. His project entitled Stray Dog in Prague’s Rudolfinum followed up on his earlier delineated ink drawings but the new pieces were animal portraits of rather intimate character. At Joint Exhibition in Nová síň in Prague (1997), Stratil exhibited black and white photocopies of paintings by Václav Boštík. His exhibition Czech Landscape, again at Rudolfinum, was conceived as a subjective photographic “map” of the author’s personal and professional life. In 2000, the Museum of Modern Art in Olomouc held a retrospective of his work. An overview of Stratil’s photographic work was presented at an exhibition at Centre national de la photographie in Paris (2002). A large exhibition entitled Country is not Death in the Dům pánů z Kunštátu gallery in Brno consisted exclusively of paintings with the subject of the fox, the author’s key motif in this period. In the autumn of 2011, some of the paintings Václav Stratil created in Mikulov included in the exhibit entitled Golden Collection at Prague’s Jelení gallery. In 2005, the transit.cz initiative published an overview of his photographic work entitled I’m History (an English version of the book was put out a year later by the JPR Ringier publishing firm. He heads the intermedia studio at the Fine Arts Faculty of Brno University of Technology. In 2010, he received the Award From Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, a prize awarded by young artists, curators and art critics to their colleagues who served as their inspiration.

 

 


Full Moon
Full Moon
Acryl on canvas, 200 x 130 cm; 2011

Who is Worse
Who is Worse
Acryl on cardboard, wood, 32.5 x 4.5 cm, height 99 cm; 2011

Inversion
Inversion
Acryl on canvas, 120 x 150 cm; 2011

Apricot
Apricot
Acryl on canvas, 90 x 100 cm; 2011

Pear
Pear
Acryl on canvas, 25 x 150 cm; 2011

List of artists participating in MAS "dílna" in 1994–2010

Peter Angermann , Mathias Antlfinger / Ute Hörner Nikos Armutidis (1994 , 1999 , 2003) , Mikoláš Axmann , Jan Bačkovský , Anna Balážová , Alena Beldová , Karl – Heinz Bethmann , Václav Bláha , Erika Bornová , Machiel Botman , Veronika Bromová , Milan Cais Tomáš Císařovský (2000 , 2001 , 2003) , Martin Čada , Ondřej Čech , Rostislav Čuřík Jiří David (2007 , 2008 , 2013) Stanislav Diviš (1998 , 2014) Milena Dopitová (2010 , 2013 , 2009) , Martin Dostál , Jana Doubková Eva Eisler (2005 , 2006 , 2013) , Luděk Filipský , Vladimír Franz , Monika Fryčová , Michal Gabriel , Zdeněk Halla , David Hanvald , Zbyněk Havlín , František Hodonský , Vladimír Houdek , Milan Houser , Dalibor Chatrný , Jeff Chiplis , Matyáš Chochola Petr Jareš (1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 2003) , Eva Jirička , Irena Jůzová , Michal Kalhous , Kristýna Kašparová , Vladimíra Klumparová , Richard Kočí , Ondřej Kohout , Inge Kosková , Eva Koťátková , Nina Kotel , Jiří Kovanda , Vojtěch Kovářík , František Kowolowski , Radovan Král , Vendula Pucharová Kramářová , Antonín Kratochvíl Antonín Kratochvíl (2006 , 2013) Milan Kunc (2000 , 2012) , Tomáš Lahoda , Otis Laubert Zdeněk Lhotský (1994 , 1995) Libor Lípa (1994 , 2000 , 2003 , 2013 , 2011) Ivana Lomová (2001 , 2002 , 2003) , Barbora Lungová , Petr Lysáček , Christian Macketanz , Martin Mainer , Břetislav Malý , Tomáš Medek , Johana Merta , Vladimír Merta Stefan Milkov (1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 2003) , David Možný , Aleš Najbrt , Klára Nejezchlebová , Jaromíra Němcová , Jakub Nepraš Petr Nikl (2001 , 2003) , Libor Novotný Vít Novotný (1997 , 2003) , Pavel Opočenský , Petra Pavlicová , Jiří Pikous , Tereza Brichtová Pirščová , Petr Písařík , Jan Pištěk , Viktor Pivovarov , Otto Placht , Aldin Popaja , Tomáš Prokop , Viktorie Prokopová Martina Riedlbauchová (1996 , 1997 , 1999 , 2003) , Veronika Richterová , Ulric Roldanus Jaroslav Róna (1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 2003) , Tomáš Ruller , Kamila Rýparová , Vladimir Salnikov , František Skála , Vladimír Skrepl , Roman Sliwka , Daniela Sneppová Jiří Sobotka (1999 , 2005 , 2013) , Společné dílo kurátorů 2004 – 2013 , Tono Stano , Jan Stolín Václav Stratil (2004 , 2011) , Antonín Střížek , Corine Stübi Čestmír Suška (1996 , 1997 , 2003) , Evžen Šimera , Jaromír Šimkůj , Michal Šmeral , Vladimír Špaček , Karel Štědrý , Jindřich Štreit , Laco Teren Oldřich Tichý (2014 , 2015) , Margita Titlová Ylovsky , Michaela Klimanová Trizuljaková , Účastníci 10. ročníku MVS , Katarína Hládeková , Woody Vasulka , Tereza Velíková , Aleš Veselý Petr Veselý (2014 , 2016) , Kateřina Vincourová , Eva Vones , Jiří Votruba Michaela Vrbková (2010 , 2012) Margita Titlová Ylovsky (1999 , 2004) , František Zelinka Petr Zubek (2007 , 2013 , 2009) , Peter Župník


Realized as Part of the Project
Mikulov – a Town of Art.
This Project is Co-funded by the European Union and the South-Moravian Region.