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Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich

5 June – 7 September 2014

Curated by Sabine Schaschl


In the prologue to the Russian futurist opera “Victory Over the Sun”, the “futurist strongmen” fight against the Sun and want to lock it up in a concrete house. “The light of the Sun is transferred to the interior: Our physiognomy is dark. Our light is within,” proclaims the libretto. The exhibition at the Haus Konstruktiv takes this “inner light” as a point of departure into a non-representational meta-world that atmospherically traces the revolutionary aspirations of the opera – from the images of the Sun’s rim (the “solar limb” in scientific terms), taken at the solar observatory in Arizona, to the animated negative images of a chicken’s egg photogram with a sound composed by William Kingswood. These images are juxtaposed with transformable modular furniture and as we move to the first floor – nested, transparent cardboard objects. Images hanging on the edge of visible are replaced by tactile objects that exist as membranes, pure material textures.


Courtesy of Galerija Gregor Podnar; photography by Ilja Tschanen.

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)