13.02.13 - 28.03.13 Josef Hoflehner - Jet Airliner and Ha...
12.12.12 - 09.02.13 Finders Keepers
22.06.12 - 22.08.12 Ellen von Unwerth - Do Not Disturb
20.04.12 - 26.05.12 Christer Strömholm
24.02.12 - 31.03.12 Hisaji Hara
02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions
07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem
09.07.11 - 24.09.11 Made in Hungary
24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series
09.12.10 - 31.01.11 Leopoldo Pomés - Vintage Prints
22.10.10 - 20.11.10 Mary McCartney
09.09.10 - 16.10.10 Shomei Tomatsu
30.06.10 - 21.08.10 Russia! Boris Savelev, Nicolay Bakhar...
28.04.10 - 26.06.10 Miroslav Tichy
14.01.10 - 25.04.10 Fernand Fonssagrives
04.12.09 - 15.04.10 Winter/Spring Newsletter
25.11.09 - 09.01.10 Weegee-It's a crime to take photogra...
14.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein
02.07.09 - 02.12.09 Summer Newsletter
19.06.09 - 13.10.09 A Gallerist's Choice-Group Show
21.04.09 - 26.06.09 Boris Savelev- 31 years
11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi -1906 to the Skin/Yok...
18.02.09 - 07.03.09 Sergei Vasiliev-Russian Criminal Tattoos
05.02.09 - 01.07.09 Spring/Summer Newsletter
25.11.08 - 20.01.09 Secret City
16.10.08 - 22.11.08 Sarah Moon - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
22.09.08 - 01.01.09 Mixed Show
03.09.08 - 11.10.08 Lucien Hervé
01.08.08 - 18.09.08 Jones Beach - Joseph Szabo
12.06.08 - 01.09.08 Miroslav Tichy
01.06.08 - 15.07.08 Ruth Orkin
17.04.08 - 07.06.08 The New York School
22.02.08 - 05.04.08 Mirella Ricciardi
06.12.07 - 26.01.08 The Bold and the Beautiful
04.10.07 - 01.12.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...
12.09.07 - 29.09.07 LONDON - Matthew Pillsbury
02.07.07 - 04.08.07 Dr. Harold Edgerton
28.06.07 - 01.08.07 Alfred Eisenstaedt
01.06.07 - 27.06.07 Colin Jones - The Black House
26.04.07 - 17.06.07 Edward Quinn - A Day's Work
03.02.07 - 14.04.07 Fashion
01.02.07 - 10.03.07 Hunter S. Thompson - Gonzo
29.11.06 - 03.01.07 Peter Beard - Time's Up
26.10.06 - 03.11.06 Flip Shulke - Hero
12.10.06 - 14.11.06 David Parker – Sirens II
12.09.06 - 07.10.06 Emil Otto Hoppé - Hoppé's London
23.05.06 - 01.07.06 Botanicals
11.05.06 - 17.06.06 Miroslav Tichy & Jacques Henry Lartigue
01.09.05 - 01.10.05 Ken Griffiths - Three Gorges
23.04.05 - 31.05.05 Sarah Moon - Circus
08.03.05 - 06.04.05 Joseph Szabo - Teenage
24.11.04 - 31.01.05 Peter Beard - Living Sculpture
04.11.04 - 15.01.05 Matthew Pilsbury - Screen Lives
15.09.04 - 30.10.04 David Parker - Sirens
20.11.03 - 17.01.04 Photographs from the Bauhaus
For past exhibitions at Michael Hoppen Contemporary click here
12.06.08 - 01.09.08
1970s © Miroslav Tichy courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
Unique vintage silver gelatin print
15.6 x 23 cm
For thirty years, Miroslav Tichy took up to one hundred photographs each day pursuing his artistic obsession of the female form. Dressed in rags and using a homemade camera, Tichy captured the universe of people in the small town of Brno in the Czech Republic. He is truly one of the great ‘finds’ of an unknown artist who worked for years in complete isolation on the periphery of the art world.
Since the Michael Hoppen Gallery first exhibited work by Miroslav Tichy in 2006 he has become a key reference in the worlds of photography and contemporary art. Timeless and uncatagorisable we are delighted to announce our second exhibition of unique work by Tichy to coincide with an exhibition of his work at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Tichy left the Academy of Arts in Prague following the communist overthrow of 1948. Unwilling to subordinate to the political system he spent some eight years in prison and psychiatric wards for no reason other than he was ‘different’ and considered subversive. Upon his release he became an outsider, occupying his time by obsessively taking photographs of the women of Brno, using homemade cameras constructed from tin cans, children’s spectacle lenses, rubber bands, scotch tape and other junk found on the streets. He captured images of their ankles, faces and torsos whilst out strolling or sunbathing, behind the counter shop-girls, mothers pushing prams, and any others who caught his eye, sometimes finding himself in trouble with the police.
Each of Tichy’s photographs is unique - he would sometimes add frames decorated with watercolour inks or embellish the photographs with pencil lines. Many prints are veiled in stains after years of being discarded in Tichy’s dilapidated house. These small objects of obsession, which might appear to the casual viewer to be simply voyeurism, are simultaneously melancholy and poetic.
Tichy’s work surfaced in July 2005, when he won the ‘New Discovery Award’ at Arles and within a year he held two solo museum exhibitions, at the Wintertaur in Zurich and the Rudolfinum, Prague. His work is now held in collections at Centre Pompidou Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum London, Museum of Modern Art MMK Frankfurt, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, amongst others and his work has been exhibited in USA, Canada, Australia, China, Japan and across Europe.
For further information about TIchy's exhibition at the Centre Pompidou visit: www.centrepompidou.fr