Elisabeth Tonnard

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The Plan


I’m happy to announce my new book titled The Plan.

My interest in white space in texts and fascination for printed materials and propaganda books from East Germany brought me to discover the Plan. The Plan is the chameleonic directive to every situation of societal life – whether it is playing sports, writing a book, or practicing for war. Always think of the Plan. Better yet: always have it in your hand.

The Plan consists of a book and a folder, together forming one object. The book contains 26 pictures reproduced from miniature books published in the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Each book is accompanied by an original, pre-owned GDR folder, each different and individually obtained from households in the former state. The folder comes with a foldout sheet of the Plan.

Edition of 150 copies, numbered.

Digital print, full color paperback, A5 size, 48 pages. Plus original GDR folder, A4 size, with a folded and stamped A2 sheet.

See more images of the book here.

Priced at € 45,- plus shipping. Order through the webshop or by email. The book will also be available at my table at the upcoming NY Art Book Fair.

If you really want to understand what the GDR was about, you need to look at The Plan.
Joachim Schmid




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August 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

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New book: The Death of the Poet


This literary artist book excerpts texts from the biographies of nineteen different poets to fabricate one single, time and space crossing, remarkable story.

B&w digital printing, paperback, size 13 x 19 cm, 48 pages.

Edition of 125 copies, not numbered.

Priced at €24, plus shipping. Available now through my webshop or through email.

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The book will be launched at Offprint London taking place at Tate Modern from May 20-22. You can find it at the table I am sharing with Joachim Schmid.

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April 27, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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New book: Joachim Schmid Works

Thirty-three photographs of Joachim Schmid working on his E-Book.*

Joachim Schmid is well-known for his work with other people’s photographs. It is less known, or even unknown, that he takes the camera to hand himself sometimes. This little book documents just that and thereby provides a so far unseen aspect of Joachim Schmid’s practice. We get a glimpse of the artist’s movements in the age of lcd-screens and in addition to that a portrait of the streets that write to us.

Full color digital printing, sewn paperback, size 10.5 x 15 cm, 44 pages. Edition of 75 copies, not numbered.

Priced at €24, plus shipping. Available now through my webshop or through email.

The book will be launched at Offprint London taking place at Tate Modern from May 20-22. You can find it at the table I am sharing with Joachim.

* E-Book was published in February of 2016 and is based on a letter Joachim wrote to me. The words of this letter remain invisible in his book but every E is included in the form of a photograph. The various E’s, almost 500 of them, were photographed in a number of different cities during 2015. There is no digital version of the book.

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April 27, 2016 at 4:04 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

Song of Myself


I celebrate myself, and sing myself

My book Song of Myself: American Renaissance launches on December 11. The book consists of texts collected from the Facebook pages of Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman.

It is available as a small pocket book priced at €15,- and as a special edition that can also be used for exhibition. The image above is taken of an installation of the latter at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin where the book will launch at Friends with Books.

The special edition consists of 58 inkjet printed sheets at A3 size in an archival folder. There are seven copies plus one artist proof. In the colophon each of the seven copies is associated with one of the poets that appear in the project, i.e. there is Edgar Allan Poe’s copy, Emily Dickinson’s, Henry David Thoreau’s, Herman Melville’s, etcetera. If you are ordering the edition you can choose which copy you’d like (check if it’s still available). The edition is priced at €745,-

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Order the special edition through my webshop or by email.

The project will be exhibited at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam from January 24 – May 8 in the exhibition Quickscan.


Oceanus, new print


I’ve made a new print run of my book Oceanus which had gone out of availability. For this print run a few typographical changes were introduced, plus the cover is now in black and white and no longer laminated. The whole book is now also printed on a 100% recycled paper stock which gives a new expression to the work and moreover qualifies for both the ISO 9706 norm for longevity and the Blue Angel environmental label.

To celebrate, there is a new reduced price, you can purchase the book now at €35,- plus shipping. Note that due to travel orders will be sent out in the beginning of October. I’ll have a few copies of the book available at my table at the New York Art Book Fair next week.

Read more about the book here.


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September 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

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Tischblumenbilder (‘Tableflowerpictures’) is the third and final of my recent publications in German. It reflects on the declension of adjectives in the German language (or as Mark Twain would say, ‘The Awful German Language’). The book consists of words found in an instruction table that presented declensions of three nouns with adjectives. I stamped these phrases by hand, thereby causing fluctuations from phrase to phrase and from booklet to booklet, mimicking the constant flow of word form variations that German presents due to the required identification of grammatical case, number and gender. The pairing of two phrases on each page also causes subtle shifts of meaning.

Realized at Künstlerhaus Bethanien during a residency awarded by the Mondriaan Fonds.

Stamped with archival black ink, booklet size 11 x 19 cm, 24 pages.

Edition limited to 50 numbered copies.

Priced at € 24,- plus shipping. See some images here.

Published in Berlin, 2015.

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July 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

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