Miroslav Tichy / Ivorypress / Madrid, Spain

On our trip to Madrid last month we visited Ivorypress, a publishing house that just opened its doors, founded by Elena Ochoa Foster. Its mission is to promote, debate and to commission photographic works and to bring together the world of art and books. Ivorypress also consists of an art space of 800 square meters for exhibitions.

Ivorypress opened with a retrospective of the Czech artist Miroslav Tichy. It’s Miroslav Tichy’s first grand solo exhibition in Spain. Miroslav Tichy (born in 1928) has been discovered by curator Harald Szeemann and has been shown before in the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Miroslav Tichí½ studied at the Academy of Arts in Prague and was an avantgarde painter in the Fifties. He was in jail in communist Czechoslovakia for eight years. He built his first camera out of scrap and has been taking pictures of what he used to paint: woman.

Ivorypress is specializing in limited editions and artist’s books. It also publishes contemporary photography in C International Photo Magazine. Founder Elena Foster is the wife of renowned architect Norman Foster, who designed the Ivorypress’ space, formerly an old garage near the Santiago Bernabeu football stadium.
Miroslav Tichy / Ivorypress, Madrid / Spain. Exhibition walk-through, February 12, 2009. The exhibition runs until the 15th April, 2009.

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