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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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Performance at the Stedelijk Museum


On Saturday 11 October you can come for a swim at the Stedelijk Museum. I will install One Swimming Pool on the floor of the Teijin auditorium. Visit the auditorium between 10 am – 6 pm and watch the pool as it appears. A word of advice if you’re stopping by: it may be best to come in the afternoon. At the beginning of the day the waters may be dangerously shallow for your dive. More info on the website of the Stedelijk.

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October 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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The New York Art Book Fair


From September 25 to 28 I’m participating in The New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. I’m pleased to again share a table with Joachim Schmid and we look forward to seeing you at this table if you can make it to the fair. We’ll be in the Small Press Dome, booth B17.

My new book They Were Like Poetry will be launched at the fair, there is a booksigning planned at our table on September 26 at 5PM.

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September 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

Exhibition On the Move at Stedelijk Museum

My work One Swimming Pool will be on view at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. On the Move is the latest edition of the Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions that the museum organizes every two years. The exhibition runs from August 29 till January 18, 2015. The opening is on August 28 (19.30-22.00).

Connected to this show I will also install the work on the floor a few times. You’re invited to come and see this temporary performance at the auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum, on the following dates:
October 11,
November 29
December 27&28.

I’ll also be teaching a couple of workshops for children in the museum.

Info about the show from the press release: On the Move focuses on recent developments in photography and reveals the myriad ways in which artists and photographers build their narratives in dialogue with graphic designers. The title On the Move refers to the journeys taken by many of the photographers in creating their projects, as well as the new directions in photography. Last autumn, the Stedelijk invited artists living and/or working in the Netherlands to submit work in which they explore new, playful, critical, and challenging forms of narrativity. The museum received 471 submissions.

A jury consisting of Carolien Glazenburg (curator of graphic design, Stedelijk Museum), Anne Ruygt (junior curator of photography, Stedelijk Museum), Ad van Denderen (photographer), Karin Krijgsman (course leader of the photography department at the AKV St. Joost), and Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen (co-founder of design studio LUST) selected 28 submissions from young and emerging artists. The selected works include both existing projects and works never previously exhibited, which are currently being developed especially for the exhibition.

The selection

Samira Ben Laloua, Ernst van der Hoeven, and Frank Bruggeman │Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos │Verena Blok │ Sara Blokland │Olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde │Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács │Sarah Carlier │ Elspeth Diederix │ Meike Eggers and Michael Anhalt │ Ringel Goslinga │ Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen │ Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong │ Thomas Kuijpers │ Kadir van Lohuizen │ Anaïs Lopez, Eva Smallegange en Linda Braber | Hans van der Meer │ Theo Niekus │ Gábor Õsz  │ Rune Peitersen │ Ahmet Polat │ Johannes Schwartz │ Petra Stavast │ Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort │ Martine Stig │ Nadine Stijns │ Andrea Stultiens │ Elisabeth Tonnard │ Witho Worms and Hans Gremmen

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August 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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They Were Like Poetry


I’m happy to announce my new book. It consists of poems based on a suggestion by James Joyce.

The poems are exercises, composed from sentences that were themselves meant as exercises. The sentences come from a popular 19th century school grammar by Alexander Allen and James Cornwell. Joyce mentions the “nice sentences” in this book and the idea of them as poetry in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

And there were nice sentences in Doctor Cornwell’s Spelling Book. They were like poetry but they were only sentences to learn the spelling from.
——Wolsey died in Leicester Abbey
——Where the abbots buried him.
——Canker is a disease of plants,
——Cancer one of animals.
It would be nice to lie on the hearthrug before the fire, leaning his head upon his hands, and think on those sentences.

Which is what I did.

The edition consists of 100 numbered copies. The book is self-published, has black & white printing, a paperback binding, and contains 68 pages.

Priced at €18 plus shipping. The book can be ordered through my webshop or by sending me an email. It will also be available at the table I’m sharing with Joachim Schmid at the New York Art Book Fair, September 25-28.

See some images by clicking here.

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August 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm


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