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52nd Venice Biennale, Slovenian Pavilion, San Servolo, Venice

10 June – 21 November 2007


This cinema space built on San Servolo island near Venice was based on a simple idea: to return The Paradise – architect John Eberson’s last grand, escapist cinema theater design to its roots. Completed in the Bronx in 1929 and originally called The Venetian, this eclectic theater was outfitted with artificial fountains and a sky, complete with stars projected onto its ceiling.


Courtesy of Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin; photography by Michele Lamanna.

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)