1926 Born in Kyjov, Moravia, Czech Republic
1945–1948 Academy of Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
After studying at the Academy of Arts in Prague, Miroslav Tichý withdrew to a life in isolation in his hometown of Kyjov, Moravia, Czech Republic. In the late 1950s he quit painting and became a distinctive Diogenes-like figure. From the end of the 1960s he began to take photographs mainly of local women, in part with cameras he made by hand. He later mounted them on hand-made frames, added finishing touches in pencil, and thus moved them from photography in the direction of drawing. The result is works of strikingly unusual formal qualities, which disregard the rules of conventional photography. They constitute a large oeuvre of poetic, dreamlike views of feminine beauty in a small town under the Czechoslovak Communist régime.
2016 Gallerie SIX, Milano, Italy
2015 Galerie Susanne Zander, Berlin / Moravská galerie, Brno / Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris
2014 WestLicht, Vienna / Miroslav Tichy & Raphael Danke, Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf
2013 Villa Flor, S-Chanf, Switzerland / Half Gallery, New York / Galerie Bamberger, Mannheim Zephyr, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim
2012 The Supper Artclub, Mannheim / Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels / Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne / Moscow House of Photography, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Galerie 1. patro, Prague / Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago
2011 SI Fest, Savignano sul Rubicone / Horton Gallery, New York / Galerie Walter Keller, Zürich / Sala Municipal de Exposiciones De San Benito, Valladolid / Wilkinson Gallery, London / Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig
2010 Staroměstská radnice, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Prague / Guido Costa, Turin / Museum of Photography, GEM / Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Den Haag, Netherland / Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris / Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco / Michael Hoppen Gallery, London / ICP –InternationalCentre of Photography, New York
2009 Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin / Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck / Dominik Art Projects, Krakow / Gallery Kewenig, Cologne / Gallery Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca / Ivorypress Art Space, Madrid
2008 Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne / Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’Art Moderne, Paris / Michael Hoppen Gallery, London / Museum of Modern Art (MMK), Frankfurt / Tanja Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Kunsthaus Bregenz, KUB Billboards, Bregenz / Beijing Art Now Gallery, Shanghai
2007 Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing / Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo / Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne
2006 Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver / Galerie Šternberk, Šternberk / Dům umění města Brna, Brno / De Hallen, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem / Galerie Judin, Zürich
2005 Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp / Kunsthaus, Zurich / Galerie Arndt&Partner, Berlin / Nolan/Eckmann Gallery, New York / Galerie Judin, Zürich
Ph.D. chairman of ABCD association – Prague, graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, field Cultural Studies, and also studied at the Paris Sorbonna. She is active as independent cultural journalist¸ publicist and curator of contemporary art and art brut.
Art Brut exhibition´s curator /selection/: System in chaos, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York / 2005/, Art brut, collection abcd, City gallery, Prague /2006/, Prinzhorn collection, City gallery, Prague /2009/, Adolf Wölfli: Creator of the Universe, City gallery Prague /2012/, Anatomia Metamorphosis. Luboš Plný & Anna Zemánková: Works from the abcd Collection, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan /2012/, Art brut from Japan, Museum Montanelli, Prague /2013-14/, Art Brut Live: abcd collection, DOX, Prague /2015/, Crossroads, Museum Montanelli, Prague /2015/, Anna Zemánková, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne /2017/.
Publications /selection/: ANNA ZEMANKOVA. KANT / ABCD, Prague 2017; ART BRUT LIVE, ABCD Prague 2015; Karel Havlíček: Gigantomachie, ABCD, Prague 2012; Adolf Wölfli – Creator of the Universe, ABCD, 2012; Anatomia Metamorphosis: Art brut - Anna Zemánková, František Dymáček, Luboš Plný, Muzeum Montanelli / ABCD, Prague 2011; Art brut, collection abcd, ABCD Les Éditions, 2006; Anna Zemánková, ABCD, Prague 2003.
Graduate of artistic studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts / Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń /, Postgraduate Studies in Art Criticism and Exhibition Making / Institute of Art History. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań /, Postgraduate Curatorial Studies / Jagiellonian University in Cracow/. Curator, director of the TAK gallery in Poznań. Engaged for many years in the field of art brut /outsider art, conducts research, meets outsiders, organises educational meetings and film screenings, curates exhibitions, such as shows of Polish art brut /outsider art abroad and first exhibitions of famous outsiders in Poland: Zdenek Kosek, Lubos Plny, Andre Robillard, Josef Hofer, Jeroen Hollander, amongst many other artists. In 2011, Szaefer released a publication devoted to women’s art brut: ‚Kochany Ptaku Kruku /Mr. Raven, My Love Bird,’ collaborates with European outsider art centres /within a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage/. In 2012, she carried out the international project ‚Timelessness_ art brut/outsider art’ /within a scholarship of the Marshal of the Greater Poland Voivodeship/. In 2016, she collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art as an expert in the field of art brut on the exhibition ‚Why We Have Wars? The Art of Modern-Day Outsiders’ in Warsaw.