Tuesday, 3 November 2015

MIROSLAV TICHY Opening 6 pm on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Delmes & Zander I Berlin

Miroslav Tichý
Drawings & Photographs
November 6, 2015 – January 16, 2016
Opening: Friday, 06.11., 6–9 pm

Miroslav Tichý went outdoors with his self-made cameras every day, capturing images of as many women as he could. To photograph a hundred women per day – this was the ultimate goal of the Czech artist, born 1926. In his quests, especially those in the 1980s and 1990s, he took innumerable voyeuristic photographs. The images of the women shot are blurred and generally out of focus.

The photographs show women walking in the street, sitting on park benches, at the swimming pool, always with a clear focus on breasts, legs, and behinds. A similar fondness is found in Tichý’s drawings, which he considered his primary artworks; although lesser known, they testify to the artistic stringency of the Czech artist.

Miroslav Tichy, untitled, undated (approx. 1960-70s), mixed media on paper, various formats
Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander (Cologne & Berlin)

The current exhibition allows for a possible and direct comparison between Tichý’s photographic works and his drawings, which show a similar eroticism, an appreciation of voluptuousness, common composition, the esthetic of imperfection, and a clear focus on women, the eternal object of his desires. As in his photographs, Tichý often leaves the faces of his women blank or obscured in his drawings, the focus of the image being of anatomical nature, such as his focus on constrained waists contrasted with ample hips.
After his education at the Academy of Arts Prague, Tichý began a promising career in the late 1940s as a rising avant-garde painter and draftsman. Because of the totalitarian doctrine of socialism, he ended up more and more in isolation, frequently imprisoned and even spending time in a psychiatric ward. He turns increasingly to photography. He maintained his radical anti-stance against the establishment even after the fall of the “Iron Curtain”.
Miroslav Tichy, untitled, undated (approx. 1980-90s), mixed media on photograph, 23.2 x 18.9 cm
Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander (Cologne & Berlin)

Miroslav Tichý’s works are represented in renowned collections worldwide such as the MMK – Museum for Modern Art, Frankfurt/ Main; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the F.C. Gundlach Collection at the Haus der Photographie Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, the Collection Antoine de Galbert, Paris, and the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Porto.

Miroslav Tichy
Drawings & Photography
November 6, 2015 -  January 16, 2016
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 37, 10178 Berlin

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