Elfi Seidel



Elfi Seidel is an artist-researcher concerned with the materialities and meanings of language. Working with artist’s books, analogue prints, writing and sound, she explores the peculiar beauty that language may reveal beyond semantic clarity. Seidel seeks to create an openness around the acts of reading and listening, creating spaces of poetic ambiguity and highlighting the mystical within the linguistically familiar.


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Current & Upcoming

Alphabet Forest has been nominated for the 8th International Marianne Brandt Award

October 29—November 26: Books, Galerie Vincenz Sala, Berlin, DE

September 30—October 2: Fruit Exhibition—Independent Art Book Fair, Associazione Culturale Crudo, Bologna, IT

September 22—25: Am Anfang war das Wort, Atelier Romain Finke, Ravensburg, DE

Curriculum Vitae

2018–20 Master in Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
2013–17 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
Grants & Nominations
2022 Stipendium Neustart Kultur, Stiftung Kunstfonds
2020 Shortlist, Max Ernst-Stipendium der Stadt Brühl
2019 DAAD Postgraduate Scholarship
2017 Shortlist, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Award (Thesis)
2017 Honorary Mention, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Award (Fine Arts)
2020 Graduation Show, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
A Simple Fizz, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague, NL
Max Ernst-Stipendium der Stadt Brühl, Rathaus Brühl, Brühl, DE
2019 The Ongoing Conversation #6, 1646 - project space for contemporary art, The Hague, NL
I was mostly delighted, but yes, also a little bit afraid, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague, NL
2018 Languages of the Sky, RietveldTV, Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam, NL (solo)
2017 Crypt Feeling, Boekmanstichting, Amsterdam, NL
Selected. Gerrit Rietveld Academie Awards, Looiersgracht60, Amsterdam, NL
Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
Artists’ Books for Everything, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, DE
Blauwdruk, Lokaal 1B, Amsterdam, NL
Fully Booked Exhibition, Fully Booked Art Book Fair, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
Time Is the Fire In Which We Burn, SSBA Salon, Amsterdam, NL
Bodies. Eye on Art, Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, NL
2016 Beacons in a Sea of Language, Lokaal 1B, Amsterdam, NL (solo)
2015 Wander & Wonder, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL
Artist Talks, Performances & Lectures
2018 Sucking on Words, guest lecture at Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Audiovisual Department), Amsterdam, NL
Languages of the Sky, artist talk with C.T.H. Fransen, Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam, NL
2017 Radio-Performance als Raum-Klang, performance with Maia Urstad, Künstlerforum, Bonn, DE
Crypt Feeling. A score moderated by Ivan Cheng, Boekmanstichting, Amsterdam, NL
2022 I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel, Kaserne Basel, Basel, CH
Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE
2021 Freunde Ohne Bücher, HAUNT // frontviews, Berlin, DE
Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall and online, Bergen, NO
2018 Bergen Art Book Fair. The Common Table, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NO
Printing Plant, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, NL
Singapore Art Book Fair, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, SG
Cologne Art Book Fair, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, DE
I Never Read. Art Book Fair Basel, Kaserne Basel, Basel, CH
Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE
2017 Beurs van Bijzondere Uitgevers, Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
Toronto Art Book Fair. The Common Table, Toronto, CA
2015 Beurs van Bijzondere Uitgevers, Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL


  • Elfi Seidel, That Which We Call a Rose, in Robida 7, Topolò, IT, 2021
  • Anne Thurmann-Jajes (ed.), Artists’ Books for Everything, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, DE, 2020
  • Tine Melzer (ed.), I have the best words, Zurich, CH, 2018
  • J. P. Ekker, Gerrit Rietveld Academie is tijdelijk museum: Wanna enter?, in Het Parool, Amsterdam, NL, 2017


  • Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la littérature, Montricher, CH
  • mumok library, Vienna, AT
  • Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
  • Radiceterna Arte e Ambiente, Palermo, IT
  • Research Centre for Artists’ Publications, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, DE