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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
Country 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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7.09 x 11.42 in
Miroslav Tichy, untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Miroslav Tichy, untitled, 1970
3.15 x 6.69 in
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5.51 x 11.02 in
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3.94 x 6.3 in
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10.24 x 7.87 in
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4.33 x 5.12 in
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6.3 x 5.12 in
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5.91 x 4.33 in
#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, Rencontre d'Arles. From July 1 to September 22, 2019.
Treger Saint-Silvestre Collection, Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. From April 13 to September 15, 2019.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
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at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
System and vision
David Zwirner gallery, New York. From February 28 to April 18, 2015.
art brut masterpieces and discoveries
carte blanche à bruno decharme, at the gallery. From October 21 to November 29, 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
exhibition view of *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*, curator : christian berst, associated curators : brut pop, musées de belfort, belfort, 2017. - © musées de belfort, 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
Press review
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
de l’art brut art high-tech
Stéphanie Lemoine, L’oeil. January 10, 2017.
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
Antoine de Galbert collection
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Antoine Frérot collection
Brut Now L’art brut au temps des nouvelles technologies
Language French
Miroslav Tichy

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