Elisabeth Tonnard

Exhibition at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek


The Invisible Book is currently on view in the exhibition ‘Topstukken’ at the National Library of The Netherlands in The Hague. Read curator Paul van Capelleveen’s blog post about the book here (in Dutch).

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February 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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Workshop in Ravenna

Registration is now open for the workshop ‘From printed material to artists’ book’ that Joachim Schmid and I will teach at Osservatorio Fotografico in Ravenna. The workshop takes place on April 8 & 9, during the book festival Fahrenheit 39. Find the details below. You can register until March 6.

The workshop starts with a discussion of various strategies of using found texts and images, particularly from existing printed matter such as ads, newspapers, magazines, books, postcards etcetera. Based on this, participants are invited to mine the space of the city for printed matter that they would like to explore. The workshop focuses on experimenting with methods of using the materials that are found and seeing how they could be used to create one’s own work. Rather than aiming at creating a completed project the two days will aim at triggering new ideas. Participants will come up with a draft or proposal for a short bookwork.

April 8/9 2016, 11.00 – 18.00

Maximum of 15 participants

In English (participants should have a good working knowledge of the language)

Workshop fees: 250 €

Applications must be sent to: info@osservatoriofotografico.it

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February 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

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Documentation of exhibition ‘The Library’

Below is some documentation of my exhibition ‘The Library’ at Galerie Block C, a wonderful art space run by Marinus Augustijn and Agnes Scholte in Groningen. The exhibition will be up until February 27. Click on any image to enlarge.

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February 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

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Exhibition in Bologna

Two of my works will be on view in the exhibition Il Libro d’Artista Come Mappa, curated by Jan van der Donk at Spazio Labo in Bologna.

The exhibition draws attention to the way artists use and challenge photography as a medium, with a focus on how ‘the grid’ was used as a favorite form of representation to create ‘inventories’, ‘collections’, ‘albums’, and ‘atlases’. Artists include John Baldessari, Bernhard and Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Dibbets, Sol LeWitt, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Michael Snow, Larry Sultan + Mike Mandel, and Franco Vaccari. My works Interior Monologue and The Kingdom will be on view.

The show runs from January 23 to February 5. For more information click here.

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January 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

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Exhibition at the Nederlands Fotomuseum

Two of my works will be on view at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in the exhibition Quickscan NL #2 which traces recent developments in Dutch photography.

The Library consists of a series of eight pigment ink prints that zoom in on books in reproductions of paintings that were dramatically lost in the final days of WW2. Song of Myself is a series of 56 prints anachronistically showing Facebook updates by poets from the American Renaissance.

The exhibition is curated by Frits Gierstberg and showcases works by Laurence Aëgerter, Gwenneth Boelens, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Anne Geene, Jan Hoek, Stephan Keppel, Kasia Klimpel, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ola Lanko, Willem Popelier, Jannemarein Renout, Jan Rosseel, Collectief Salvo, Marleen Sleeuwits, Batia Suter, Elisabeth Tonnard and Mariken Wessels.

Quickscan NL #2 runs from January 24 to May 8. The opening is on January 23, from 5-7 PM.

Nederlands Fotomuseum
Wilhelminakade 332
3072 AR Rotterdam

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January 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

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Books noted by Sarah Bodman

Sarah Bodman of the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol looks at my two latest publications: The Library and Song of Myself for her monthly series on artists’ books at a-n News. You can read the post here.

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January 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm

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Exhibition ‘The Library’ in Groningen


On January 16 my exhibition ‘The Library’ opens at Galerie Block C in Groningen. The opening is at 4 PM and the show will run until February 27.

The Library consists of a series of eight archival pigment ink prints and a small bookwork in an edition of 150 copies.

The images in it are tiny selections from pictures in a catalogue documenting the losses of the Gemäldegalerie at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, the present-day Bode Museum, in Berlin during and after World War II. The Gemäldegalerie lost over four hundred paintings, the sculpture collection at the museum lost about a third of its holdings. Photographic documentation and plaster casts remain as ghostly echoes of what was once there. The majority of losses occurred in the days just before and after the end of the war in May 1945 when two devastating fires in the Friedrichshain flak tower destroyed most of the major works of art that had been stored there for safekeeping. The cause of the fires was never explained and has become the subject of legend. Trapped in there were the paintings these images refer to. Out of the smoke we think up this library of unknown books.

In the exhibition at Galerie Block C there will also be a selection of my artist’s books that appropriate literary works on view, as well as the first trials of a new project titled The Death of the Poet.

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January 4, 2016 at 11:58 am


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