Elisabeth Tonnard

Performance 2 at the Stedelijk Museum


This coming Saturday, November 29, 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 second in a series of three such demonstrations. It is connected to the exhibition ‘On the Move’. More info on the website of the Stedelijk.

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November 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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Documentation of show at Van Abbe

From November 9, 2014 to January 30, 2015 the Van Abbe Museum presents a complete survey of my artists’ books. There are now some installation shots of the show online. Click here to see them.

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November 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Reprint: Appropriation Literature

Annette Gilbert from the Freie Universität Berlin edited a new anthology on books that write through existing literature. Reprint: Appropriation (&) Literature is presented as a bilingual German-English edition and includes good photographs of the books discussed. 

From the publisher: “Since the 1960s, writers have radically challenged the notion of originality and creativity in literature. They stopped writing new texts for their books and instead drew upon pre-existing books: canonical texts of world literature or intellectual history are transcribed by hand, edited, altered, alphabetically arranged or simply copied and republished under one’s own name. By now Appropriation Literature amounts to a critical mass that has generated its own tradition. The present anthology is the first to give an international overview of the phenomenon, presenting 126 books and projects by over 90 authors.”

My books Let us go then, you and I, The Man of the Crowd, In this Dark Wood, The Story of a Young Gentleman and “Speak! eyes – En zie! are discussed in the anthology amidst a plethora of interesting projects.

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November 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Fotografie Magazine


Fotografie Magazine, 6, November/December 2014, contains an interview about my work by Ton van Vroonhoven as well as a 6 page portfolio. The magazine is in Dutch. If you should come across it, note that the layout of the images on page 21, photos from my book Two of Us, is not correct. There shouldn’t be any black around the images.

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November 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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My new limited edition bookwork Wiederholungszwang will be launched later this week at Offprint Paris. Wiederholungszwang, or repetition compulsion, is a term used for repetitive behavior in which a person repeats certain traumatic events. The book is made up out of a single image, a found lantern slide, that becomes a scene of repetition when it is fragmented, folded, repeated and mirrored.

The edition is limited to 28 numbered copies that are inkjet printed in b&w, and handbound in a stab binding with folds on the foredge.

Read more here. See some images here.

The book will be launched at Offprint Paris, November 14-16 (École des Beaux-Arts, 14 Rue Bonaparte, Paris). You’ll find me and my books at the table I’m sharing with Joachim Schmid.

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November 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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Offprint Paris


Next week I’ll be participating in Offprint Paris, an artists’ books fair that takes place during Paris Photo. You’ll find my books and me at the table I am sharing with Joachim Schmid.

My new limited edition bookwork Wiederholungszwang will be launched during the fair.

Beaux-Arts de Paris,
14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

14 – 16 November 2014
Friday 1 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

Offprint is open to the general public and admission is free.

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November 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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Elisabeth Tonnard Artists’ Books 2003-2014


From November 9, 2014 to January 30, 2015 the Van Abbe Museum will show a complete overview of my artists’ books and editions. There will also be some related publications on view, such as contributions to magazines and collaborations.

You are cordially invited to attend the opening on Sunday 9 November at 15.00 hours. During the opening Gerrit Jan de Rook will give a short introduction and my new book They Were Like Poetry will be launched.

The show is in the library of the Van Abbemuseum. Admission to the library is free. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 17.00.

Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
5611 NH Eindhoven
The Netherlands

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October 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

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