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Open doors + special guest: Elisabeth Tonnard

Every first Thursday of the month De Monsterkamer organises an Open doors + special guest event. This time we invited Elisabeth Tonnard.

  • Date: 06/11/2014
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: De Monsterkamer
  • Speaker: Elisabeth Tonnard
  • Costs: Free

Elisabeth Tonnard (Leerdam, 1973) is a Dutch artist and poet. She has published thirty-one books. Tonnard’s works held in private and public collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Brooklyn Museum, Centre Pompidou, Columbia University, International Center for Photography, MoMA Library, New York Public Library, Tate Library and the Walker Art Center. The works range in scale and method from a book that is completely invisible, to a book containing a short story that swallowed a novel, to a book that is a swimming pool. The work has won several awards, most recently the Kleine Hans (Little Hans) Award 2013. According to the jury report she is a “poet in the space between photographs.” On November 9, a retrospective exhibition of all her books opens in the library of the Van Abbe Museum.

During the Open doors event at De Monsterkamer Elisabeth presents some of her projects and will explain about the relation form-content in her work.


One Swimming Pool (2013)


One Swimming Pool (2013)This book is a portable swimming pool that can be put on a bookshelf. It is based on Ed Ruscha’s book Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass from which one swimming pool was photographed. If the sheets are carefully removed from the book and laid down next to each other, this swimming pool can be installed at the size of a small swimming pool. The book was bound using an adhesive that allows the sheets to be taken out. Doing so will of course destroy the book in its bound form. Published in an edition of nine copies and an artist proof by Elisabeth Tonnard in Leerdam, The Netherlands, 2013. Installation size ± 648 x 648 cm. Book size 14.8 x 18.8 x 19 cm. Full color digital print, 3164 pages, bound in 9 sections attached to each other, plus inserted fold-out sheet with overview and instructions for installation.


One Swimming pool, installation view, Arti et Amicitiae


Spread from Contemplation (2008)


Spread from Two of Us (2007)

Registration for the event is not needed, you can walk in between 17.00 hrs and 20.00 hrs. Afterwords, we have dinner at Studio/K, whoever wants to can join (at your own costs).

Until November 6th!


Elisabeth Tonnard. Photo: Truus van den Boezem


  • 17:00 Drinks
  • 18:00 Presentation Elisabeth Tonnard
  • 18:30 Q&A
  • 19:00 Drinks
  • 20:00 Doors close

Photo report