Jacek Tylicki

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Stone sculpture, Give If You Can - Take If You Have To, Palolem, India, 2008
Installation Chicken Art, Now Gallery, New York City, 1987
Natural Art, Number 183,
(Created by nature), on the ground of the old forest, South Sweden, 17/08 - 29/08 1976, 47,5 x 35.5 cm
365 days, One photograph a day of a tree, Lund, Sweden, Jan 1 - Dec 31, 1979
Mananchira, Calicut, India

Jacek Tylicki (born 1951 in Sopot, Poland) is a Polish artist who settled in New York City in 1982. Tylicki works in the field of land art, installation art, and site-specific art. His conceptual projects often raise social and environmental issues.


Starting in 1973, Tylicki began sending sheets of canvas or paper into the wind, rivers, or forests and leaving them for a long while in a natural environment, thus forcing upon nature an attitude previously reserved to the artist: the creation of forms. The project is often called natural art.[citation needed]

In the years 1974–1990, he initiated the idea of an anonymous artist by issuing a periodical called Anonymous Artists where artists could present their art without revealing their own names. In 1985 he created an installation called Chicken Art. Tylicki transformed the Now Gallery in Manhattan to a hen house in which live chickens watched realistic paintings of chickens, chicks and roosters hanging on the gallery walls.[citation needed] Tylicki declared:

For a chicken the most beautiful is chicken.[1]

Another installation was the Free Art, where Tylicki invited well-known artists, including Mark Kostabi and Rodney Greenblat, to give away their art to the public for free. Video and photography play an important role in his work as a record of its elusiveness and transience.[citation needed]

In 2019, Tylicki and his daughter, Michelle, created "Art Wars" a street art performance in London. It was a recreation of Tylicki's performance in the East Village in the 1980s.[2]


Tylicki has exhibited his work internationally; a selection of group shows include: Land Art Mongolia Bienalle, Gobi desert, Mongolia (2016);[3] Mananchira, Calicut, India (2015);[4] Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK), Poland (2013);[5] Dublin Biennial, Ireland (2012);[6] Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2012);[7]

Solo exhibitions include: those at Galerie Kanal 2, Copenhagen, Denmark (1980); Galeria BWA, Sopot, Poland (1980); Galerie Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik, Iceland () (1980); Gallery 38, Copenhagen, Denmark (1979); Galeria Sien Gdanska, Gdansk, Poland (1979); Galerie St. Petri, Lund, Sweden (1979); Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan, Poland (1979);Galerie Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik, Iceland (1979); Gallerie Porten, Lund, Sweden (1976); BTJ Gallery, Lund, Sweden (1976)[citation needed]


Bunkier Sztuki Collection at Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow[8]


  1. ^ Commentary on the 1987 project entitled "Chicken & Art", cited in: Leszek Brogowski. "Jacek Tylicki and the new ethos of Art," in Projekt Visual Art Magazine, nr. 202-203, 1995
  2. ^ Polonsky, Naomi (6 September 2019). "Using Art to Voice Opposition to the Arms Trade". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Artists". Land Art Mongolia. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  4. ^ Staff (18 December 2015). "Epicentre of Happiness at Manachira". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Beyond the Constructed Eye". Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Dublin Biennial 2014". Dublin Biennial. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Beyond Corrupted Eye Akumulatory". Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Jacek Tylicki". ArtFacts. Retrieved 9 April 2021.


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