Free screening at City Gallery – ‘Miroslav Tichý: Tarzan Retired’

Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
Artist Judy Millar introduces Miroslav Tichý: Tarzan Retired, (2004, Dir. Roman Buxbaum, 54 min) – a documentary about the Czechoslovakian outsider photographer, followed by a discussion and Q&A with curator Geoffrey Batchen, and cash bar.

After studying at the Academy of Arts in Prague (1945–48), 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 late 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 with pencil, moving them from photography in the direction of drawing.

The result are works of strikingly unusual formal qualities, which disregard the rules of conventional photography.

6pm Thursday 12 October

In partnership with Robert Heald Gallery

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