January 26, 2008

Miroslav Tichy & Julia Margaret Cameron


January 26 – March 23, 2008

Curator: Tessa Praun

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall starts this year’s exhibition program with an encounter between a recently “discovered” contemporary artist, Miroslav Tichý, and an early star in the writing of photographic history, Julia Margaret Cameron.

Working independently from his contemporaries from the 1960s-90s, Miroslav Tichý (b. 1926, Czech Republic) created an idiosyncratic style, fascinating in its imperfection and reminiscent of photography’s early experimental years. Using homemade cameras Tichý took blurry, mottled photographs in his Mora- vian home town Kyjov. His anonymous portraits depict mothers, waitresses, students, sitting on park benches, waiting for the bus or in conversation with a friend – moments from everyday life and often framed by elaborate mounts.

By contrast, photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879), part of Victorian England’s privileged cultural elite, was able to devote herself to exploring the new medium of her time, assiduously taking portraits of her circle of friends. Authors, scientists, artists and their families were captured in dream-like, allegorical images or intimate portraits. Cameron gained early acclaim as a photographic innovator for her experiments with composition and lighting, and today her works still surprise with their timeless expression.

The exhibition presents for the first time in Scandinavia a wide selection of Miroslav Tichý’s extensive production and a small group of excellent works by Julia Margaret Cameron. Curator Tessa Praun is thrilled about the opportunity:

It is fantastic to be able to show Tichý’s works that have been tucked away from a public until only a few years ago, and see them together with some of Cameron’s most distinguished and intriguing portraits.

A documentary about Miroslav Tichý, Tarzan retired, 2004, directed by Roman Buxbaum, founder of Foundation Tichý Ocean, will also be on view.


On Saturday, 26 January at 3pm Roman Buxbaum will give a lecture at Magasin 3.


In conjunction to the exhibition Magasin 3 will publish a richly illustrated book.

About the artists:

Works by Miroslav Tichý were for the first time shown in a group exhibition at Die Blaue Kunsthalle in Cologne (DE) in 1990 and in 2004 at the Seville Biennale. In 2005 Kunsthalle Zürich (CH) presented Tichý’s first solo exhibition and since then his work has been shown i Canada, USA, Germany, and most recently in China. The Centre Pompidou in Paris (FR) will also host a solo exhibition in May 2008.

Julia Margaret Cameron became a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland in 1864, one year after she started to photograph. She exhibited and published her works extensively and sometimes charged for her portraits. Today Cameron’s photographs are widely known but rarely exhibited.

For press inquiries please contact:

Tove Schalin, exhibition coordinator: schalin@magasin3.com, +46 8 545 680 44