post-title Chicago Grid | Group exhibition | 68 projects | 17.01.-12.04.2019

Chicago Grid | Group exhibition | 68 projects | 17.01.-12.04.2019

Chicago Grid | Group exhibition | 68 projects | 17.01.-12.04.2019

Chicago Grid | Group exhibition | 68 projects | 17.01.-12.04.2019

until 12.04. | #2308ARTatBerlin | 68 projects presents for the Bauhaus year the group exhibition Chicago Grid starting 17 January 2019, curated by Jan Tichy.

On the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 1919, Chicago based artist and educator Jan Tichy has organized a group exhibition for the project space 68projects. This exhibition resonates with his solo exhibition at the Galerie Kornfeld across the street.

The pedagogy of László Moholy-Nagy, developed at the New Bauhaus in Chicago has influenced Jan Tichy’s artistic practice. Education as a creative dialogue between students and instructors was a crucial element of this method. Jan Tichy has been developing this new Bauhaus master’s practice over the last decade at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Chicago Grid brings together artists and educators  who have previously collaborated with Tichy as teachers and as students, from both sides of the educational exchange. This exhibition questions the concept of the grid in its many forms and implications, giving a nod towards the Berlin Bauhaus artists, who were fascinated by the Chicago street grid system. The artists in this exhibition include:

Faheem Majeed, Alfonso and Gillion Carrara, Kate Conlon and Boyang Hou, Shawn Decker, Frances Lightbound, David Rueter and Marissa Lee Benedict, and Helen Maria Nugent.

In his solo exhibition Thin Lines at Galerie Kornfeld, Tichy continues to build on the grid, bringing together rare spiritual materials from the Bauhaus in Dessau, allowing these materials to collide with our current social and political reality through their display and engagement in the show.

Jan Tichy’s collaboration in the László Moholy-Nagy exhibition at the Loyola Museum of Art in Chicago laid the foundation of a close friendship with Hattula Moholy-Nagy, daughter of the Bauhaus master and chairwoman of the Moholy-Nagy Foundation. Jan Tichy’s interaction with the Hungarian artist, Bauhaus educator, and visionary László Moholy-Nagy finds its articulation in works that operate with methods Moholy-Nagy and fellow artists developed at Bauhaus, which Tichy transforms for the present time. After Moholy-Nagy brought his theories, practices and his artistic language to Chicago, a translation was needed back to Europe. Our show Thin Lines  now presents, with Jan Tichy, a fundamental part of this artistic legacy back to Europe during the Bauhaus centenary.

The 2012 video work “Things To Come (1936-2012)” can be seen as a joint effort of Jan Tichy with the deceased Bauhaus master, since Tichy had the unique opportunity to work with original takes of Moholy-Nagy that he shot for the English science-fiction movie “Things To Come” in the 1930s. Furthermore the work “Installation No.30 (TTC)” from 2016, is inspired by the life and work of Moholy-Nagy and by his first wife, the photographer Lucia Moholy, and stems from research carried out es in Berlin and Dessau, where both Moholys were active in Bauhaus during the 1930s, before their escape.

As a contemporary artist, Jan Tichy works at the junction between video, sculpture, architecture, and photography. His conceptual works are socially and politically involved. Born 1974 in Prague, he first studied art in Israel and received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he now works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography and the Department of Art and Technology.

Jan Tichy’s works are part of such notable collections like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The MCA Chicago, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the CCA Tel Aviv hosted solo exhibitions of the artist. In 2011, he founded the “Project Cabrini Green,” a community art project that illuminated the last skyscraper of the Cabrini Green Housing Projects with spoken words during its one-month demolition. In 2014, Tichy began the “Heat Light Water Project,” a long-term community project in Gary, Illinois, supported by the NEA, the largest labor union in the United States, which resulted in an exhibition at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at the Michigan State University in East Lansing in 2017.

Since September 2018, his video work “Artes in Horto – Seven Gardens for Chicago” within the framework of “Art on the Mart” is on display, next to a projection by Diana Thater as one of four videos. They thus inaugurated the world’s largest video projection, which should illuminate the Chicago theMART facade for the duration of the next century. Also, In many ways this work engages with László Moholy-Nagy, the New Bauhaus and the significance of the city of Chicago for the emigrated Bauhaus artists.

Besides the two exhibitions on display in our galleries in the Fasanenstr., Jan Tichy will be represented in further exhibitions for the Bauhaus Year 2019:

“Installation no. 30 (Lucia)” will be shown on the occasion of the opening festival of Bauhaus 100 in the Academy of Arts in Berlin, January 16–24.

From March 1 to April 19, Jan Tichy will be featured in Lucie Fontaine’s curated group exhibition “Currency” at the Nome Gallery, Berlin.

This summer 2019, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany will honor Jan Tichy with a solo exhibition.

His exhibition “Weight of Light” will be on display at the Museum Bensheim, Germany at the end of the year, from November 15, 2019 to January 12, 2020.

Vernissage: Thursday, 17th January 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition period:  Thursday, 17th January to Friday, 12th April 2019

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