AR lunch hour — tobias putrih

images provided by Tobias Putrih Tobias Putrih. Slight Agitation, Installation, Milan, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

artistic research lunch hour

Tobias Putrih – Builder’s Belly and the Economy of Making

April 4

12:30pm to 1:30pm


Putrih presents several works spanning the last two decades, including projection spaces, film props, modifiable/participatory furniture, and objects-becoming-ruins. He will map a set of conflicting relationships between artworks, museums, publics, art collectors, and artists, and argue that contemporary art practice is above all defined by the economy of its production and display.

Putrih’s recent, larger exhibitions include Slight Agitation 1/4 at the Prada Foundation in Milan (2016-2017) and Solar Lamb at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich (2014). 

Over the last ten years many of his projects were the result of collaborations: projects conceived with MOS architects were presented at Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; BALTIC Center, Gateshead; Wexner Center, Columbus; and MIT List Center, Cambridge; and collaborations with filmmaker Runa Islam were presented at Galeria Civica, Modena and Kunsthaus, Zurich. Other group exhibitions include TRACK, S.M.A.K., Ghent; Forms of Resistance, VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven; Manifesta 4, Frankfurt; and 29th Sao Paulo Biennale. He has done large installations in Espace315 at Centre Pompidou, Paris and at Capella MACBA, Barcelona. In 2007 he represented Slovenia at the Venice Biennale. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’ Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; and Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, Rotterdam, among other institutions. 

Putrih has been a lecturer at the Program in Art, Culture and Technology since 2015.