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29th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo

25 September – 12 December 2010


The iconic Palácio da Alvorada, the Brazilian presidential palace designed in 1958 by Oscar Niemeyer, consists of a continuous row of elegantly shaped columns wrapped around the building and mirrored in a shallow pond in front of it. The same columns are also a point of controversy – they are not structural but purely aesthetic architectural elements.

The aim of Alvorada was to give these columns a new structural role, this time designing a make-shift enclosure – a public projection space hosting the biennale’s film program.


Courtesy Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin; photography by Ding Musa.

Tobias Putrih Studio & Workshop

Tobias Putrih, Aleš Korpič, Jure Mežek & STRID fabricators


We develop materially ephemeral settings and objects designed to engage utopian ideas in art, architecture and design by incorporating everyday materials and forms of play and participation. From make-shift modifications of public and semi-public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries—to constructing temporary environments and objects, works are products of precisely specified processes while also responding to their sites. Many of  spaces and objects are activated—meant to be moved and inhabited, privileging play and bodily engagement. Artworks become proposals, maquettes, or models—exploratory assertions of radical possibilities.


Tobias Putrih C.V.


  • Book published by JPR & Neuberger Museum (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Centre Pompidou (Amazon)
  • Catalog by MIT List Visual Arts Center (Listart)
  • Catalog by Galeria Civica (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Haus Konstruktiv)