Tobias Putrih

Tobias Putrih Pale Guardians, exhibition view at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, 2015. Photo Marcus Schneider thumbnail
Tobias Putrih Pale Guardians, exhibition view at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, 2015. Photo Marcus Schneider thumbnail
Lewk- (Negative), 7 Inkjet-Prints, 50 x 60 cm each (framed), 2013 thumbnail
Macula Series K, cardboard, archival glue, 2013. Studio view, photo: Matija Pavlovec thumbnail
Macula K/2 Cardboard, archival glue, 2013. Photo: Matija Pavlovec thumbnail
Intervention#10, styrofoam blocks, wooden structure, 2009. Exhibition view at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 2009 thumbnail
Intervention#10, detail, styrofoam blocks, wooden structure, 2009. Exhibition view at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 2009 thumbnail
Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, construction detail, 2007 thumbnail
Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, 2007. Photo: Michele Lamanna thumbnail
Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, 2007. Photo: Michele Lamanna thumbnail
Šiška, International, mixed media installation, 2009. Exhibition view at Centre Pompidou, Espace 315, Paris, 2010 thumbnail
Šiška, International, mixed media installation, 2009. Exhibition view at Centre Pompidou, Espace 315, Paris, 2010 thumbnail
Solaris, exhibition view at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, 2010 thumbnail
Re-Projection, nylon string, spotlight, variable dimensions, 2008 thumbnail
Pre-projection, fan, neon light, wood, gator board, teaspoon, ca. 350 x 120 x 120 cm, 2008 thumbnail
Pre-projection, detail, fan, neon light, wood, gator board, teaspoon, ca. 350 x 120 x 120 cm, 2008 thumbnail
Apartment/HK, powder coated aluminum, variable dimensions, 2011. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen thumbnail
White City/Caffe Del Mar, MDF, paper clips, light bulb, 330 x 210 x 265 cm, 2012. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen thumbnail
White City/Front Panel II, newspaper, PVA glue, acrylic paint, 220 x 188 cm, 2012. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen thumbnail
Mudam Studio, wood, 1000 units, ca. 200 m2, 2006. Exhibition view at Mudam Luxemburg, Muśee dʼArt Moderne, Gran-Duc Jean, 2006 thumbnail
Mudam, Luxembourg’s space for public activities, (collaboration with Sancho Sivila), 2006 thumbnail
Einzelhof, exhibition view at Un’ Espressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2011 thumbnail
A, styrofoam, plywood, 152 x 120 x 100 cm, 2010 thumbnail
Miha & Tina (Object A), Lego bricks, 33 x 17 x 18 cm, 2006 thumbnail
Times (March 20), newspaper, glue, cotton string, 31 x 30 cm, 2011 thumbnail
C Drawings, detail, ink on paper, 55 x 55 cm each, 2009 thumbnail
Model for Cinematography 3.4, wood, cotton string and glue, 109 x 107.5 x 17.5 cm, 2008  thumbnail
Model for Cinematography 2.4, wood, cotton string and glue, 109 x 107.5 x 17.5 cm, 2008  thumbnail
Tobias Putrih Pale Guardians, exhibition view at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, 2015. Photo Marcus Schneider

Tobias Putrih Pale Guardians, exhibition view at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, 2015. Photo Marcus Schneider

Tobias Putrih Pale Guardians, exhibition view at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, 2015. Photo Marcus Schneider

Tobias Putrih Pale Guardians, exhibition view at Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, 2015. Photo Marcus Schneider

Lewk- (Negative), 7 Inkjet-Prints, 50 x 60 cm each (framed), 2013

Lewk- (Negative), 7 Inkjet-Prints, 50 x 60 cm each (framed), 2013

Macula Series K, cardboard, archival glue, 2013. Studio view, photo: Matija Pavlovec

Macula Series K, cardboard, archival glue, 2013. Studio view, photo: Matija Pavlovec

Macula K/2 Cardboard, archival glue, 2013. Photo: Matija Pavlovec

Macula K/2 Cardboard, archival glue, 2013. Photo: Matija Pavlovec

Intervention#10, styrofoam blocks, wooden structure, 2009. Exhibition view at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 2009

Intervention#10, styrofoam blocks, wooden structure, 2009. Exhibition view at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 2009

Intervention#10, detail, styrofoam blocks, wooden structure, 2009. Exhibition view at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 2009

Intervention#10, detail, styrofoam blocks, wooden structure, 2009. Exhibition view at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 2009

Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, construction detail, 2007

Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, construction detail, 2007

Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, 2007. Photo: Michele Lamanna

Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, 2007. Photo: Michele Lamanna

Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, 2007. Photo: Michele Lamanna

Venetian, Atmospheric, 52nd Venice Biennial - Slovenian Pavilion, 2007. Photo: Michele Lamanna

Šiška, International, mixed media installation, 2009. Exhibition view at Centre Pompidou, Espace 315, Paris, 2010

Šiška, International, mixed media installation, 2009. Exhibition view at Centre Pompidou, Espace 315, Paris, 2010

Šiška, International, mixed media installation, 2009. Exhibition view at Centre Pompidou, Espace 315, Paris, 2010

Šiška, International, mixed media installation, 2009. Exhibition view at Centre Pompidou, Espace 315, Paris, 2010

Solaris, exhibition view at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, 2010

Solaris, exhibition view at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, 2010

Re-Projection, nylon string, spotlight, variable dimensions, 2008

Re-Projection, nylon string, spotlight, variable dimensions, 2008

Pre-projection, fan, neon light, wood, gator board, teaspoon, ca. 350 x 120 x 120 cm, 2008

Pre-projection, fan, neon light, wood, gator board, teaspoon, ca. 350 x 120 x 120 cm, 2008

Pre-projection, detail, fan, neon light, wood, gator board, teaspoon, ca. 350 x 120 x 120 cm, 2008

Pre-projection, detail, fan, neon light, wood, gator board, teaspoon, ca. 350 x 120 x 120 cm, 2008

Apartment/HK, powder coated aluminum, variable dimensions, 2011. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen

Apartment/HK, powder coated aluminum, variable dimensions, 2011. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen

White City/Caffe Del Mar, MDF, paper clips, light bulb, 330 x 210 x 265 cm, 2012. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen

White City/Caffe Del Mar, MDF, paper clips, light bulb, 330 x 210 x 265 cm, 2012. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen

White City/Front Panel II, newspaper, PVA glue, acrylic paint, 220 x 188 cm, 2012. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen

White City/Front Panel II, newspaper, PVA glue, acrylic paint, 220 x 188 cm, 2012. Exhibition view at Villa Merkel, Esslingen

Mudam Studio, wood, 1000 units, ca. 200 m2, 2006. Exhibition view at Mudam Luxemburg, Muśee dʼArt Moderne, Gran-Duc Jean, 2006

Mudam Studio, wood, 1000 units, ca. 200 m2, 2006. Exhibition view at Mudam Luxemburg, Muśee dʼArt Moderne, Gran-Duc Jean, 2006

Mudam, Luxembourg’s space for public activities, (collaboration with Sancho Sivila), 2006

Mudam, Luxembourg’s space for public activities, (collaboration with Sancho Sivila), 2006

Einzelhof, exhibition view at Un’ Espressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2011

Einzelhof, exhibition view at Un’ Espressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2011

A, styrofoam, plywood, 152 x 120 x 100 cm, 2010

A, styrofoam, plywood, 152 x 120 x 100 cm, 2010

Miha & Tina (Object A), Lego bricks, 33 x 17 x 18 cm, 2006

Miha & Tina (Object A), Lego bricks, 33 x 17 x 18 cm, 2006

Times (March 20), newspaper, glue, cotton string, 31 x 30 cm, 2011

Times (March 20), newspaper, glue, cotton string, 31 x 30 cm, 2011

C Drawings, detail, ink on paper, 55 x 55 cm each, 2009

C Drawings, detail, ink on paper, 55 x 55 cm each, 2009

Model for Cinematography 3.4, wood, cotton string and glue, 109 x 107.5 x 17.5 cm, 2008

Model for Cinematography 3.4, wood, cotton string and glue, 109 x 107.5 x 17.5 cm, 2008

Model for Cinematography 2.4, wood, cotton string and glue, 109 x 107.5 x 17.5 cm, 2008

Model for Cinematography 2.4, wood, cotton string and glue, 109 x 107.5 x 17.5 cm, 2008

Born in 1972 in Kranj, Slovenia. Lives and works in Cambridge and New York, USA.

Interested in science and alchemy ever since he quit the studies of physics for the art academy, Tobias Putrih researches the way the collective imaginary manifests itself and was designed within cinema architectures and through models proposed by utopian architects (Buckminster Fuller, Friedrich Kiesler and Yona Friedman) throughout the 20th century. Putrih’s sculptural installations consist of simple materials such as cardboard, paper, scotch tape and scaffolding, and he employs fractured forms as well as changes in floor levels and illumination to create a narrative pathway.

Selected solo exhibitions

2016
SLIGHT AGITATION 1/4, Fondazione Prada. Milan, Italy.
Tobias Putrih, Group-Form, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium.

2015
Paled Guardians, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany.

2014
Tobias Putrih – Routine Inspection, in the framework of steirischer herbst festival ‘Forms of Distancing. Representative Politics and the Politics of Representation’, Zollamt, Graz, Austria.
Tobias Putrih – Solar Limb, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland.

2013
Death of Tarelkin, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium.
Revolution Square, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, South Korea.
An Ode to the Egg, P74 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2012
White City, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany.
Apropos Polly Magoo, Natalie Seroussi at Meudon, Meudon, France.
Book Tower Studio, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium.

2011
When Language Goes on Holiday, Meulensteen/Protetch Gallery, New York, USA.
Spogliando un vicino, Galleria Pinksummer, Genoa, Italy.
A,H,O,I,!, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany.

2010
ŠiškaInternational, Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
After Frei Otto, Ludlow38, New York, USA.
Majestic, Wexner Center, Ohio, USA.

2009
Without Out, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA.
Overhang, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom.
Intervention #10, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2008
Restless Subject (with Runa Islam), Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland.
Projection Space Related to Runa Islam’s Empty the pond to get the fish, White Cube, London, United Kingdom.
Cinéma attitudes, Attitudes, Geneva, Switzerland.
Re-projection, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany.

Lost Cinema Lost (with Runa Islam), Galeria Civica, Modena, Italy.

2007
Venetian, Atmospheric, Slovenian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Quasi-Random, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA.
Repertoire, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA.
Paradise, Galleria Pinksummer, Genoa, Italy.
Max Protetch Gallery – Project Space, New York, USA.

2006
A Place by Two, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

2005
Max Protetch Gallery, New York City, USA.
Tobias Putrih and Toby Paterson, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria.

2004
Tobias Putrih, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France.

2003
Max Protetch Gallery, New York City, USA.
Mala Galerija, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2002
Science Fiction, Bežigrajska Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2001
Movie Tales (with Žiga Kariž), Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

1999
Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Selected group exhibitions

2015
Reverse Order: Troika, Tobias Putrih, Larry Bell, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland.

2014
Art & Me. Collection Mudam, Mudam – Musée d’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Coffee & Ink, Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogota, Colombia.
The Magic of Art – the Protagonists of Slovene Contemporary Art 1986-2013, Vila Manin, Passariano di Codroipo, Italy.
Urban Perspective – Dark City, Schafhof – Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising, Germany.

2013
Triple Identity: Favaretto, Maljkovic, Putrih, Contemporary Museum Istria, Pula, Croatia.
Off-Modern: Ruins of the Future, Special projects of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Ways of Working: the Incidental Object, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy.
OK ExtraKino, OK Zentrum, Linz, Austria.
Cinematic Scope, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria.

2012
TRACK, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium.
Light and Landscape, Storm King Sculpture Park, Mountainville, New York, USA.
One Sixth of the Earth, MUSAC, Leon, Spain.
Les Detours de L’Abstracion, Mudam – Musée d’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Cantenmus – Choirs, the Sublime and the Exegesis of Being, Argos, Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium.
Wir sind alle Astronauten, Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen, Germany.

2011
MärklinWorld, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands.
Auditorium Moscow. A sketch for a Public Space, Bielie Palaty, Moscow, Russia.
Un’Espressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy.
Spaceship Earth, Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland.
We Are All Astronauts – Universe Richard Buckminster Fuller, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany.

2010
Rehabilitation, Wiels, Brussles.
21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
29th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil.
Yesterday’s Tomorrows, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada.
Material World, MoCA – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA.
Star City: The Future Under Communism, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England.
Brave New World, Mudam – Musée d’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

2009
Projections, Musée d’art contermporain de Nimes, Nimes, France.
Go East II, Mudam – Musée d’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Warsaw Under Construction, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland.
Tiempo como materia, Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
Là où je suis n’existe pas, Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulous, France.

2008
Psycho Buildings: Architecture by Artists, The Hayward Museum, London, UK.
Megastructure Reloaded, Berlin, Germany.
Peripheral Vision and Collective Body, Museion, Bolzano, Italy.
Fast-Forward, Project Space 176, London, UK.
Transmediale 08: Conspire, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.

2007
Anachronism, Argos, Brussels, Belgium.
Multiplex – Directions in Art 1970 to Now, MoMA, New York, USA.
Forms of Resistance, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

2006
Erzählungen, -35/65+ Zwei Generationen, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria.
Eldorado, Mudam – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
ArtUnlimited, Galerija Gregor Podnar, ArtBasel 37, Basel, Switzerland.
Dialogo II, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato, Italy.

2005
Certain Tendencies in Representation, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK.
Greater New York, PS1, Long Island City, New York, USA.
Monument for America, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA.
Downtime: Constructing Leisure, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, USA.

2004
Collective Effort, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA.
Mediteraneo, MACRO Contemporary Art Museum, Rome, Italy.
Den Haag Sculptuur, Hague, Netherlands.
Seven Sins, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2003
ArtUnlimited, Art Basel 34, Basel, Switzerland.
In the Gorges of the Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany.
U3, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Peter Donaldson, Kalin Lindena, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2002
Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany.
September Horse, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
Kunstexpeditionen, Forum of Sony Center at Postdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany.
Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA.
Škuc Gallery Project, Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia.
Twinklings, Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2001
Becomings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tirana / City Art Museum Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Shall I or shall I not?, Pavel-House, Laafeld, Austria.

Public Collections
MoMA- Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York City, USA.
Mudam, Musée d’ Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York at Purchase College, New York City, USA.
Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

Public Commissions and Competitions
2015
FutureCity, South Bank Tower, London, UK.
2011
Winzavod Auditorium, Moscow, Russia.
2010
WWB2 Auditorium, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland.
Pavilion for Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (competition per invitation, 2nd place – with MOS architects)
2009
Sculpture park design (with Interboro Architects), Canal & Varick Street, New York, USA.