Elisabeth Tonnard

Residency in Berlin

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Starting in April I’ll be working at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. The residency was awarded by the Mondriaan Fund.

If you are ordering books in the coming months and are very rushed, please email me first since there may be slight delays in shipping. If you’re in Berlin and would like to see work or discuss life, go ahead and use that email form too.

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March 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Exhibition Sequence I

The exhibition Sequence I aims to show Dutch artists’ books in an international context. It draws from the collections of the Groninger Museum and private collector Henk Woudsma and is curated by Henk Woudsma, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Barthold Boksem. See the invite here and a list of works on view here.

On view at Academie Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands, from March 12 – 27.

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February 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

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In this Dark Wood on the Photocaptionist

In this Dark Wood is featured on the Photocaptionist blog. Photobook experts were asked to indicate a favorite book that combines images and texts. Curator Hester Keijser’s post can be read here.

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February 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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Exhibition In Peril on the Sea


My work will be on view in the exhibition In Peril on the Sea: Sailing Ships, Stormy Seas, curated by Clive Phillpot at CHELSEA space in London. The exhibition runs from 28 January 2015 to 20 March 2015, with a private view on 27 January, 18:00–20.30.

From the press release:
Taking an excerpt from the text written for the booklet, A Voyage on the North Sea (1974) by the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, “It is up to the attentive reader to find out what devilish motive inspired this book’s publication” as a provocation, the exhibition sets out to question and explore ‘motive’ and ‘decoy’ within artistic and curatorial practice.

Both a film and book, A Voyage on the North Sea were distributed together as part of the same package. Thematically connected, the works mutually consisted of 19th and 20th century nautical images including photographic reproductions of an amateur ‘grand master’ painting along with a photograph of a contemporary sailboat. This work, along with many of Broodthaers’ written, object-based and site-specific environments were not widely known in his lifetime – but this work has latterly been canonised within the sphere of contemporary art, not least in part by attention of the renowned US critic Rosalind Krauss in such works as A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition (2000).

Looking at artists who, like Broodthaers, approach art production from a post-medium perspective, the exhibition will display works from Lawrence Weiner and Ed Ruscha that contemplate the mysterious and somewhat perilous nature of making and showing art – by being, manifestly, ‘at sea’. Reproductions of nautical works by Willem van de Velde the Younger, Peter Monamy and J.M.W. Turner, unobtainable in their original formats, will be presented via forms of secondary documentation, endlessly accessible and reproducible via printed or digital means.

Book works by Helen Douglas and Elisabeth Tonnard as well as other works from the Special Collections at Chelsea will be on display alongside ephemera and other items.

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January 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm

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Exhibition Reading Room

Tonight is the opening for ‘Reading Room’, at the Owens Art Gallery. The exhibition presents artists’ books and book-like objects by Canadian and international artists. Through intervention, alteration and re-presentation the artists in the exhibition draw attention to how we read, understand, and interact with books. The exhibition includes works by Kristen Atkins, Amelia Bird, Adam David Brown, Michael Dumontier, Lucy Harrison, Emmanuelle Jacques, Micah Lexier, Heidi Neilson, Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou, Karen Reimer, and Elisabeth Tonnard.

Curated by Kirsty Bell and Lucy MacDonald and produced with the support of the Canada Council of the Arts. The show runs until February 8.

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January 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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Stedelijk Museum book fair

In the weekend of January 17 and 18, I’ll be participating in the new book fair at the Stedelijk. You’ll find my books and me at the table I am sharing with Joachim Schmid.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ABN Amro gallery (basement of the ‘bathtub’)

17 – 18 January 2014
Saturday 12 – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

On Sunday at 1 pm there will be a speed tour of my work in the exhibition On The Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design. The fair includes a special selection of art books from this show as well as tours and booksignings by participating artists.

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January 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Performance 3 at the Stedelijk Museum


This coming Saturday, December 27, I will install One Swimming Pool on the floor of the Teijin auditorium at the Stedelijk Museum. Visit the auditorium between 10 am – 6 pm and watch the pool as it appears. Note this is a one day event, and the final in a series of three such demonstrations. It is connected to the exhibition On the Move. The swimming pool will remain on view in the auditorium during the weekend. More info on the website of the Stedelijk.

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December 22, 2014 at 8:29 am

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