Elisabeth Tonnard

Exhibition Copy Construct

I’m participating in Copy Construct, a show of artists’ books curated by Kasper Andreasen.

On view will be works by: Frans Oosterhof (who also made the image above), Guy Rombouts, Kris Kimpe & Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Vincent Geyskens & Jan Op de Beeck, Jan Kempenaers, Marc Nagtzaam, Kasper Andreasen, Mark Manders, Henri Jacobs, Ria Pacquée, Aglaia Konrad, Willem Oorebeek, Alon Levin, Stephanie Kiwitt, Mitja Tušek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (Club Moral), Peter Downsbrough, Simon Popper, Sara MacKillop, Gregorio Magnani, Elisabeth Tonnard & Joachim Schmid.

Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Minderbroedersgang 5
2800 Mechelen

25 March – 4 June 2017, opening hours 1 – 6 PM from Thursday – Sunday.
The opening will be on the 24th of March, at 8 PM.

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March 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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An Empty Field – a total home run


I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time. What you do is take — take out your tape — you probably ran it live. I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it.

Donald Trump referencing his address to the CIA (ABC News, January 25, 2017).

The book has arrived from the printer. For more information, visit this page.

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February 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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An Empty Field


Some great and very very special words.

This book is my complete transcript of President Trump’s address to employees of the CIA the day after his inauguration. To keep in style, the text is cut into bits of 140 or fewer characters. Until the um amazing printing is done, and it’s going to be really great, you can find a digital version here.

B&w digital printing, paperback, size 12.5 x 19 cm, 96 pages.

Priced at €14, plus shipping. Pre-order now through my webshop or through email.

Published in Leerdam, The Netherlands on January 23, 2017.

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January 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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Two new discussions of my work

The new year started well with discussions of my work by two insightful critics who have both been following my work for a substantial time.

Sarah Bodman wrote an article about literature and the artist’s book, discussing several of my books and drawing connections to interesting works by Sally Alatalo, John McDowall and Colin Sackett. Published in Polish in the journal Er(r)go, the editors and Sarah Bodman have given kind permission for an English version (PDF) to be put online here.

Johan Velter wrote a glowing reading of my latest book The Plan. You can find it here on his blog (in Dutch).

Het nieuwe project (!) van Elisabeth Tonnard verenigt alle kwaliteiten en gevoeligheden: haar liefde voor het wit en de ruimte, de ironie van dit bestaan, de liefde voor de nietszeggende foto die dan alles kan betekenen, de herhaling, de subtiele wijzigingen. En tegelijkertijd is dit ook een maatschappijkritiek die het kan zonder grote woorden te moeten gebruiken, geen moralisme gebruikt (Against expression) maar overloopt van betekenis en cultuur.

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January 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

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Book fair at Paradiso in Amsterdam


On Sunday December 11 I’m participating in the Beurs van Bijzondere Uitgevers at Paradiso in Amsterdam.

You’ll find my table in the main room. When you enter it is immediately to the left, on the slightly raised platform.

New books that I will bring this year include The Death of the Poet and The Plan.

Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam

11 December 2016
13.00 – 17.00

Admission is €3,-

Participating publishers: Wasco, Van Brug, Middernacht Pers, Feest der Poëzie, Tortuca, Timmer Art Book, Lecturis, Stichting Drukwerk In De Marge, Haes Uitgeverij, Yeats Sisters Press, Karin van Pinxteren, Uitgeverij crU, Rob van Hemert, Falstaff & Fakir, Zirimiri Press, Elisabeth Tonnard, De Strraat, Pantofle Books, General Features, Babel & Voss, Passage, Douane, Salvo, Ton Martens, Book Perfect, Sherpa, Lalito, Zammagazine, Lula Valetta, Mixed Media Soup, De Meulder, Ekstreem, Bonas, Elletra, Leesmagazijn, Coppens & Frenks, Knust / Extrapool, De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Patafysica,  Piet Schreuders, De Buitenkant, Bantammer, 99 Uitgevers, Matchbox, De God van Nederland, Seugling Uitgeverij, Jeanet Kingma, Katarina Rudebeck, De Klaproos, Wasser im Turm, Snood, Lino Pers, Polak & Van Der Kamp, Lies Kindt, Demodokos, De Eiereland Pers, Schaep 14, Octavo, Parréssia, De Weideblik, Titi Zaadnoordijk, Tienstuks, Uitgeverij P, De Wilde Tomaat, De Carbolineum Pers, Pels & Kemper, TYP, Editions Saint Jacques, Abraxas, Kelderuitgeverij, Papieren Tijger, Schokland, Hof van Jan, Uitgeverij Vleugels, De Zingende Zaag, Serena Libri, De Statenhofpers, Pegasus, Duizendeneen, De Roos, Voetnoot, C.J.Aarts, Jap Sam Books, Valiz, De Gouden Reaal, Plantage, Huis Clos, Roma, Basboek, Alauda Publications, Bas Lubberhuizen, Sjolsea, Wil van Iersel, Prominent, Philip Fokker.

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November 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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Offprint Paris

Next week I’ll be participating in the 7th edition of Offprint Paris. This edition will host 130 independent and experimental publishers in Photography, Contemporary Art and Graphic Design from 16 different countries. You’ll find me and my books at the table I share with Joachim Schmid.

New books that I will bring this year include Song of Myself, Joachim Schmid Works, The Death of the Poet and The Plan.

More info about the fair is to be found at Offprint’s website.

Beaux Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
November 10–13, 2016

Note that for security reasons it is prohibited to access the Beaux-Arts with bags exceeding the A3 format. Luckily we make small books.

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October 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm

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The New York Art Book Fair


Please join us for this year’s New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 from September 16 – 18, with a preview on the 15th. Joachim Schmid and myself are sharing a table on the 2nd floor, booth N52.  New works that I’ll bring to the fair include a virtual library of books from burned paintings, a time and space crossing tale sampled from a range of biographies, a portrayal of the work methods of my co-exhibitor, a collection of status updates by dead poets, and a discovery of The Plan in East German propaganda books from the 1980s.

For practicalities visit: http://nyartbookfair.com/about/

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September 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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