artist / participant
Tobias Putrih's artistic activity is mainly developed through sculptures that can take, at times, architectural dimensions and functions. Inspired by visionary architects, he re-explores the work of people such as Buckminster Fuller or Friedrich Kiesler. Since 2001, his research has focussed on the space of cinema projection : "My interest in cinema architecture is based on the view that the mecanism of cinema with its projection, auditorium and audience is an almost perfect center - the black hole of architecture, cinema and the visual arts. The décor of the movie theatre (…) is that space in-between, where metaphorically speaking, an object is created: between the reality of the street and the imaginary of the projection. The cinema auditorium is an almost overlooked place of transition."(from Tobias Putrih 99-07, ed. gurgur editions, jrp/ringier, Neuberger Museum of Art, 2007) In 2007, he designed the Slovenian pavilion for the Venice Biennale as an open-air movie-theatre /structure, inspired by John Eberson's atmospheric cinemas of the 1920s.
We were fascinated by his project, and invited Tobias Putrih to design a new project for attitudes. His cinéma attitudes is an organic-looking structure of wood facets, occupying the whole exhibition room. For this "archi-sculpture", we conceived a programme of films and documentaries where architecture has a privileged place. We also gave carte blanche to three Genevan cultural associations : the Maison de l'architecture, the Maison de la littérature and the Association pour la danse contemporaine.
As we shall take over the direction of the Swiss Cultural Centre in Paris from the 1st of October 2008, this production will be attitudes' last exhibition at rue du Beulet in Geneva. Our activities will continue as extra-muros projects and publications.
Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser
Tobias Putrih (SI, 1972, lives in New York)
solo exhibitions - catalogue 2008 cinéma attitudes, attitudes - espace d'arts contemporains, Genève / Lost Cinema Lost (avec Runa Islam), Galleria Civica, Modena / 2007 venetian atmospheric, 52e Biennale de Venise, Pavillon Slovène, Venezia / Quasi-Random, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York / Repertoire, Max Protetch Gallery, New York / Paradise, Galleria Pinksummer, Genova / Max Protetch Gallery - Project Space, New York / 2006 A Place by Two, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana / Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis / 2005 Max Protetch Gallery, New York / Grazer Kunstverein (avec Toby Paterson), Graz / 2004 Galerie Almine Rech, Paris / 2003 Max Protetch Gallery, New York / Mala galerija, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana / 2002 Science Fiction, Bežigrajska Galerija, Ljubljana / 2001 Movie Tales, Galerija Škuc (avec Žiga Kariž), Ljubljana / 1999 Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana
group exhibitions (selection) - catalogue 2008 Psycho Buildings - Artists and Architecture, Hayward Gallery, London / Megastructure Reoladed, Berlin / Peripheral Vision and Collective Body, Museion, Bolzano / Fast-Forward, Projectspace 176, London / Transmediale 08 : Conspire, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / 2007 Anachronism, Argos, Bruxelles / 2006 Erzahlungen, -35/65+ Zwei Generationen, Kunsthaus Graz / Eldorado, Mudam, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg / ArtUnlimited, Galerija Gregor Podnar, ArtBasel 37, Basel / Dialogo II, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato / 2005 Certain Tendencies in Representation, Thomas Dane Gallery, London / Greater New York, PS1, New York / Monument for USA, cur. Ralph Rugoff, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco et White Columns, New York / Downtime: Constructing Leisure, New Langton Arts, San Francisco / Trend, City Art Muesum Ljubljana, Ljubljana / 2004 Collective Effort, Baltimore Museum of Art, cur. Chris Gilbert, Baltimore * / Mediteraneo, MACRO, Roma / Den Haag Skulptuur, The Hague / Seven Sins, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana / 2003 ArtUnlimited, Art Basel 34, Basel / In the Gorges of the Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel / U3, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana / Peter Donaldson, Kalin Lindena, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow / 2002 Manifesta 4, Frankfurt / September Horse, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin / Kunstexpeditionen, Forum of Sony Center at Postdamer Platz, Berlin / Max Protetch Gallery, New York / Škuc Gallery Project, Art Moscow, Moscow / Twinklings, galerija Škuc, Ljubljana / 2001 Becomings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tirana / City Art Museum Ljubljana / Shall I or shall I not?, Pavel-House, Laafeld
publications 2007 Tobias Putrih 99-07, ed. gurgur editions, jrp/ringier, Neuberger Museum of Art / Lost Cinema Lost, Runa Islam, Tobias Putrih, ed. Galleria Civica di Modena / Tobias Putrih - Venetian Atmospheric, 52nd Biennale de Venise, ed. Pavillon Slovène
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