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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Exhibition in Bologna

Two of my works will be on view in the exhibition Il Libro d’Artista Come Mappa, curated by Jan van der Donk at Spazio Labo in Bologna.

The exhibition draws attention to the way artists use and challenge photography as a medium, with a focus on how ‘the grid’ was used as a favorite form of representation to create ‘inventories’, ‘collections’, ‘albums’, and ‘atlases’. Artists include John Baldessari, Bernhard and Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Dibbets, Sol LeWitt, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Michael Snow, Larry Sultan + Mike Mandel, and Franco Vaccari. My works Interior Monologue and The Kingdom will be on view.

The show runs from January 23 to February 5. For more information click here.

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January 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

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Exhibition at the Nederlands Fotomuseum

Two of my works will be on view at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in the exhibition Quickscan NL #2 which traces recent developments in Dutch photography.

The Library consists of a series of eight pigment ink prints that zoom in on books in reproductions of paintings that were dramatically lost in the final days of WW2. Song of Myself is a series of 56 prints anachronistically showing Facebook updates by poets from the American Renaissance.

The exhibition is curated by Frits Gierstberg and showcases works by Laurence Aëgerter, Gwenneth Boelens, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Anne Geene, Jan Hoek, Stephan Keppel, Kasia Klimpel, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ola Lanko, Willem Popelier, Jannemarein Renout, Jan Rosseel, Collectief Salvo, Marleen Sleeuwits, Batia Suter, Elisabeth Tonnard and Mariken Wessels.

Quickscan NL #2 runs from January 24 to May 8. The opening is on January 23, from 5-7 PM.

Nederlands Fotomuseum
Wilhelminakade 332
3072 AR Rotterdam

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January 13, 2016 at 8:32 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

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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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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