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Trained in academic painting, Tichy secretly engaged in photography only in 1970. Obsessive, if not fetishistic, he photographs women surreptitiously with the camera he built. His blurry photographs, sometimes enhanced with a pen border, are part of an immutable process, to which he adhered until the 1990s. Discovered by Roman Buxbaum, he was soon supported by Harald Szeemann. In 2005, he received the discovery prize at the Rencontres d’Arles and was given a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou three years before his death. In 2019, he is again presented in Arles for the exhibition event, Photo brut.

Miroslav Tichy - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1926 — 2011
Pays Czech Republic

Miroslav Tichý started his career as a painter marked with influences from Picasso, Matisse and German expressionists. The communist take-over in 1948 led him to go back to his hometown, Kyjov. He abandoned painting and, in the middle of the 50’s, took up photography, which he reinvented by building his own cameras with found materials: cardboard tubes, tin cans, optical glass polished with toothpaste and cigarette ashes…

For thirty years, in isolation, he took dozens of pictures daily, either over or under exposed, with women of Kyjov as his principal and obsessional subject. He developed his photos however possible, retouching them with  a pencil. His voluntarily marginal behavior brought him problems with the authorities. He was interned at psychiatric wards multiple times and ended up being evicted from his workshop in 1972.

His work, discovered at the end of the 90’s, was quickly recognized. The Centre Pompidou in Paris dedicated a retrospective to him in 2008.

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Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & co, Rencontre d'Arles. Du 1 juillet au 22 septembre 2019.
collection Treger Saint-Silvestre , Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. Du 13 avril au 15 septembre 2019.
The museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. Du 17 juin 2017 au 2 avril 2018.
Sur le fil
par Jean-Hubert Martin, à la galerie. Du 9 avril au 22 mai 2016.
Soit 10 ans
Etats Intérieurs, à la galerie. Du 12 septembre au 10 octobre 2015.
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System and vision
David Zwirner gallery, New York. Du 28 février au 18 avril 2015.
art brut masterpieces et découvertes
carte blanche à bruno decharme, à la galerie. Du 21 octobre au 29 novembre 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
commissaire Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. Du 1 juin au 11 septembre 2014.
vue de l'exposition *extravaganza*, oeuvres de la collection treger/saint silvestre, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, 2019. - © oliva creative factory, christian berst — art brut
vue de l'exposition *brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies*, commissaire : christian berst, commissaires associés : brut pop, musées de belfort, belfort, 2017. - © musées de belfort, christian berst — art brut
Revue de presse
peut-on parler de photographie brute?
Claire Margat, Artpress. Le 22 mai 2020.
de l’art brut art high-tech
Stéphanie Lemoine, L’oeil. Le 10 janvier 2017.
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
collection Antoine de Galbert
collection abcd
collection Treger Saint Silvestre
Brut Now L’art brut au temps des nouvelles technologies
Langue Français
Miroslav Tichy

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