Curriculum Vitae

Public appearances by Moniek Toebosch


To Be Present; presentation; 8 March; De Balie, Amsterdam (NL)
Cultural event with 73 female artists, scientists, writers, musicians, dancers. Moniek Toebosch presented the videowork Maria Rubens, her mother and talked about the women (also daughters) in the life of her father, the composer Louis Toebosch.
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Impossible Community; group show curated by Viktor Misiano; 8 September – 6 November; Moscow Museum of Modern Art (RU)
Moniek Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Escape Program, Jens Haaring, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Sushan Kinoshita, Johanna Billing, Roman Ondak, Tanz Laboratorium, Vadim Fishkin

Wie ik was, voordat ik was (Who I Was, before I Was); documentary; 27 November; BOS (NL)
Documentary about Moniek Toebosch by Babeth Vanloo; broadcasted on Dutch National TV by Boeddhistische Omroep Stichting.
Watch the documentary → here.

Erasing and Recovering on a Saturday Afternoon; performance; 25 June; Fundament Foundation, Tilburg (NL)
Performance as part of the group show Lustwarande ’11.
⇥ Watch the video here.

The Dutch Identity?; group show; 31 October 2010 – 3 April 2011; Museum De Paviljoens, Almere (NL)
Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Alicia Framis, Gabriel Lester, Jennifer Tee
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Mother – In Words, in Images, in Tears, in Verse, as Short Story, Song and Performance; group show curated by Chantal Breakers; 10 October; Stichting Outline, Amsterdam (NL)
Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Maria Barnas, F. Starik, Manon Uphoff, PJ Roggeband
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Als zodanig niet herkenbaar, is dat duidelijk? (Not Recognizable as Such, Is That Clear?); solo show; Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
Toebosch presented:

Arti Medals; award contemporary art; 29 May; Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

All That Is Solid Melts into Air; group show; 21 March – 21 June; Stadsvisioenen (City Visons), Cultural Festival, MuHKA, Mechelen (BE)
Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Marcel Broodthaers, Thierry De Cordier, Raoul De Keyser, Jimmie Durham, Isa Genzken, Valentine Kempynck, Suchan Kinoshita, Christophe Terlinden, Joelle Tuerlinckx
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Tutor PhDArts; until 2012; Leiden University / KABK, Den Haag (NL)


F*ART, First Art Rescue Team; international network for young artists; 27 September; Landgoed De Horst, Driebergen (NL)
Founding and opening speech at Nieuwe Grond: The Artist as Opinion Leader, organized by Vrede van Utrecht.
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Onderweg, tussendoor (On the Way, Meanwhile); opening speech; 9 June; Walter Maashuis, Bilthoven (NL)
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‘Setting Limits and Overstepping Limits. Concerning Moniek Toebosch’s Work’; article on Moniek Toebosch by Brigitte van der Sande; in Open 9 – Sound in Art and Culture; SKOR, Amsterdam (NL)


Director DasArts; until 2007; Amsterdam (NL)

Chicken; video
A tribute to Joseph Beuys’s Coyote

Dancing Tree; video; CODA Cultural Center, Apeldoorn (NL)


Ceia Brasil; performance workshop with Marco Paulo Rolla and Marco Hill; Belo Horizonte (BR)
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Pigeonneau en Bécasse; performance; Korzo Theater, The Hague (NL)
Composition by Mayke Nas; vocals by Moniek Toebosch.

Jury member Prix de Rome Sculpture; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (NL)

A Slight Revenge; performance workshop; Theatre School, Maastricht (NL)


Propaganda; cultural discussion program; 15 December; VPRO (NL)
broadcasted on Dutch National TV by VPRO; lecture at Underground Theory conference; 19 September; Interart Foundation, Arnhem (NL)

Ceci n’est pas une architecture; group show; 4 August – 21 October; Museum De Paviljoens, Almere (NL)
Amongst other participants: Lucas Verwey, Daniel Libeskind, Rudy Luijters, Krijn de Koning, Marinus Boezem; founding of a political internet party; Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht (NL)
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Vraagmuur (Asking Wall); artwork in public space; opening: 27 February; Central Public Library, De Nieuwe Veste, Breda (NL)
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Workshop and lecture; 23 January; Walter Maas Huis, Radiolab, Bilthoven (NL)


Silhouettes ‘n’ Shadows; group show; Fundament Foundation, Wilhelminakwartier Tilburg (NL)
Moniek Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Tom America, Mo Becha, Dirk Braeckman, Dany Deprez, Alicia Framis, Job Koelewijn, Jacques Palinckx, Barbara Visser
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Kunst als Cultuurkritiek (Art as Cultural Criticism); group show; Volkenkundig Museum, Leiden (NL)
Moniek Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Ken Lum, Roy Villevoye, Jens Haaning, Meshac Gaba
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Confidential; acting; film by Frans Zwartjes; 25 min
Improvisations of violoncello, viola voice and tape, condensed in a flow of images, with faces of women. Cast: Moniek Toebosch, Lodewijk de Boer, Marylou Oschi, Mike Paschengger, Trix Zwartjes.

Confidential; compact disc; music improvisation; keyboard by Frans Zwartjes, violoncello by Frances Marie Uitti, viola by Lodewijk de Boer, vocals by Moniek Toebosch


‘Ja tegen het gevaar’; article on Moniek Toebosch by Bob Witman; in Volkskrant; 14 December; Amsterdam (NL)
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Oeuvreprijs (Oeuvre Award); Fonds Beeldende Kunst Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam (NL)

Moniek Toebosch Archief 1948 – 2000; cd-rom; co-editing by Rudy Luijters, Mayke Nas, Annelys de Vet
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Board member SKOR – Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte (Foundation Art and Public Space); until 2004; Amsterdam (NL)

Oeuvre; solo show curated by Frederique Bergholtz; Marres, Maastricht (NL)
Moniek Toebosch presented:


The Divine Comedy; group show; Kunstfort Asperen, Acquoy (NL)
Amongst other participants: Danny Devos, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
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Acoustic Architecture – Architectural Acoustics; group show; Foundation Vedute, Rotterdam (NL)
Amongst other participants: Erik Blits, Bernard Delange, Cilia Ehrens, Jan Hoogstad, Hans Muller, Paul Panhuysen, Lee Ranaldo, Matthijs Vos, Jean van Wij
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Tear Off; artist’s book
Book with pages to be torn off.

Voices; travelling group show; Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL), Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing (FR) and Fundació Joan Miró (ES).
Moniek Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Vito Acconci, Judith Barry, Geneviève Cadieux, Jochen Gerz, Gary Hill, Pierrre Huyghe, Kirstin Oppenheim, Christopher Phillips
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Mentor DasArts; Block 8 in collaboration with Dirk Pauwels Amsterdam; Amsterdam (NL)


Tutor AKI 2; until 1998; AKI – Academy for Art and Industry, Enschede (NL)

Group show curated by Pia Viewing; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Vassivière (FR)
Moniek Toebosch presented:

Amongst other participants: Thomas Demand, Thomas Rentmeister

Details; duet with Martin van Vreden; Gallery Brigitte Schenk, Cologne (DE)

De Verborgen Stad (The Hidden City); group show curated by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Lex ter Braak and Maria-Rosa Boezem; De Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL)
Amongst other participants: Birthe Leemeijer, Roza El-Hassan, Marinus Boezem, Tracy Mackenna
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Nieuwe Aanwinsten (New Acquisitions); group show; Noord-Brabants Museum, Den Bosch (NL)


Tutor Rijksakademie; until 2000; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (NL)

Zomer in Almere; (Summer in Almere); group show; Museum De Paviljoens, Almere (NL)

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Board member Dutch Council of Culture; until 1999; The Hague (NL)


Sandberg Prize for Visual Art; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Amsterdam (NL)

Les Douleurs Contemporaines II; installation; Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL)


Kop op Kop; installation; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
45 portrait paintings from the museum collection with texts of Moniek Toebosch.

Zomeraanbieding (Special Summer Offer); installation; De Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL)

Engelenzender (Angels FM 98.0); artwork in public space; Houtribdijk, Flevoland (NL)
Commissioned by Prof. Dr. Van der Leeuwstichting (1994 – 2000); Angel Broadcast Station

A Painting Show; Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem (BE)

Francesca de la Dalle; meatcow-concert; video; La Dalle (BE)

Partly Unplugged; concert with Michel Waisvisz and Moniek Toebosch, Marie Goyette, John Cameron, Henri James; 25th anniversary of Steim; De Balie, Amsterdam (NL)


Abri – Seven Concepts for a Shelter; group show; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL)
Commissioned by Prof. Dr. Van der Leeuwstichting
Amongst other participants: Hooykaas / Stansfield, Marinus Boezem, Thom Puckey, Jan van den Dobbelsteen
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Keuzemomenten bij Dubbeltalenten (Moments of Choice of Double Talented Artists); group show; Museum Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda (NL)

Beyond; acting; film by Frans Zwartjes; 25 min
Honor to Samuel Beckett. Cast: Moniek Toebosch, Tom Jansen, Chris Manders.

Beyond; music improvisation; keyboard by Frans Zwartjes, vocals by Moniek Toebosch


About Truus Bronkhorst, Dancer; music improvisations
A film by Frans Zwartjes; broadcasted on Dutch National TV by VPRO.

Stof en Geest (Matter and Spirit); group show; Gymnasium Felisenum, Velzen-Noord (NL)
Amongst other participants: Peter Struycken, Peter Giele, Tom Puckey, Rob Birza

Direction of four fashion shows; Academie voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving, Fashion Design department, Arnhem (NL)


Frans Zwartjes Oeuvre; publication design; on occasion of the Ouborg Prijs (Ouborg Prize) to Frans Zwartjes; Den Haag (NL)


Beyond Performance; Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)

Table à Changer; Foundation Ars Uzu (Koos Flinterman, Lidewij Edelkoort), Paris (FR)

Tempi en Intensiteiten (Tempi and Intensities); video installation; 2 umatic-videotapes, 2 monitors; 20 min


Tempi en Intensiteiten (Tempi and Intensities); video installation; So und So und So Soundfestival, Cristofori Concertzaal, Amsterdam (NL)


Paul Chrevolet en de Ultieme Hallucinatie (Paul Chrevolet and the Ultimate Hallucination); acting; film by Pim de la Parra; 108 min
Blocked writer looks for adventure, walking through Amsterdam. Cast: Peter Faber, Jenny Arean, Liz Snoyink, Ellen Vogel, Cas Enklaar, Moniek Toebosch, Frances Sanders, Lizette Oosthoek, Suzanne Wouters, Eddie Constantine.


Ménage a trios; live performance; live-satellite project by Douglas Davies; Mickery Theater, Amsterdam (NL), Guggenheim Museum, New York (US) and Venice Biennale (IT)
Pre-recorded and live images broadcasted on Dutch National TV by VPRO; in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL).


De Afstand tot Waanzinn (Distance to Madness); performance; Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

Toteninsel, oder Lazy Lady oder...; performance; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE)

Dutch Difficult Music; compilation LP
Moniek Toebosch contributed:

Amongst other participants: Peter Zegveld, Ninetobs, Noodband, Remco Scha & the Machines, Michel Waisvisz

Trio Musical Wallpaper; concert; with Guus Jansen and Annemarie Roelofs; Kijkhuis, The Hague (NL)

Tutor at the department VAV – Voorheen Audio Visueel (Audiovisual department); until 1990; Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL)


Prego, il Mio Scritto; collaboration with Michel Waisvisz; Steim, Amsterdam (NL) and Instituto Olandese, Rome (IT)

In Concert with The Alterations; Claxon Sound Festival, Theater ’t Hoogt, Utrecht (NL)

Recital Moniek Toebosch; collaboration with Guus Janssen (piano) and the Art Brothers; Stadsschouwburg, Maastricht (NL)

Kleur bestaat niet, maar geeft af (Colour Does Not Exist, but Rubs Off); solo show; De Beyerd, Breda (NL)

Bitte, Mein Schrei; live radio broadcast with young artists and students of art-schools; collaboration with foundation Openbaar Kunstbezit; 10, 17, 24, 27 and 31 October
broadcasted on Dutch National Radio
Amongst other participants: Goldstein, Hetty Huisman, Uwe Laysiepen, Marina Abramovic, Lothar Baumgarten, Lawrence Weiner, Remy Zaugg, Harry de Kroon, Marinus Boezem, Karel Appel (Musique Barbare), Peter Struycken

De Appel 3'84"; audio-cassette
Compilation tape with 17 artists invited by De Appel, Amsterdam (NL).
Amongst other participants: Peter Gordon, Terry Fox, Peter Zegveld, Remko Scha, Relly Tarlo, Katrien Gottlieb


Is This the End?; live performance in collaboration with Michel Waisvisz; Nit Hit, Vinyl, 7'" Claxon H83, Carré 15 June; Theatre, Amsterdam (NL)
Single: Baby in Your Arms (A-side), Is This the End? (B-side); broadcasted on Dutch National TV by VPRO

Painthouse; installation, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

Painthouse; performance; collaboration with Gesignaleerd. Neue Kunst aus den Niederlanden; travelling group show; Kunsthalle zu Kiel (DE) and Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein (DE)

Concert with The Alterations; collaboration with with Steve Beresford, David Toop, Terry Day, Peter Cusack and Toshinori Kondo; Actual Festival 83, ICA, London (GB)

Aanvallen van Uitersten; (Attacks of Extremes); concept, concerts and performances; 1, 8, 15 and 22 June; VPRO (NL)
Four live emissions broadcasted on Dutch National TV by VPRO in collaboration with Holland Festival and VPRO Television. Curators: Frans de Ruiter (Director Holland Festival), Ad ’s-Gravenzande (VPRO), Theo Uittenbogaard (TV Director VPRO) and Moniek Toebosch, who introduced all participants, performers, musicians, dancers, orchestras, poets and collaborated with several guests in musical actions and performed solo.


De Smaak van Water (The Taste of Water); acting; film by Orlow Seunke; 100 min
The life of a cynical civil servant changes after he met a little girl neglected by her mentally disturbed parents. Cast: Gerard Thoolen, Joop Admiraal, Olga Zuiderhoek, Moniek Toebosch, Elsje Scherjon, Bram van der Vlugt, Peer Mascini; a.o. Golden Lion best debut filmfestival Venetië.
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Bitte, mein Schrei; video- and sound installation; Claxon Sound Festival, ’t Hoogt Utrecht (NL)

Painthouse; composition for voice, paint and canvas;
Broadcasted live on Dutch National TV by VPRO; De Noodzaak van de Kunst, Holland Festival

Painthouse; 2 u-matic videotapes and the installation; Tape 1 - Live recorded on Dutch National TV by VPRO in Carré Theatre, Amsterdam (NL); Tape 2 - Recorded at the Centre for Modern Art, De Beyerd, Breda (NL).

Verzamelde beelden en toevallen / Af- en Toespraken (Collected Images and Coincidents / Dates and Talks); video work, 30 min; in collaboration with Montevideo, Amsterdam (NL)

Moniek Toebosch

The way in which Moniek Toebosch (Breda 1948 – Amsterdam 2012) expressed herself in her work as an artist was incomparable. In Metropolis M (2013, no. 1) she was posthumously characterized as: “fearless, provocative and absolutely unconventional”. Toebosch shifted effortlessly between various art forms, without any regard whatsoever for the rules. She appeared as performer, sound artist, film actress, theatre-maker, text writer, and in the visual arts she worked as a painter, video-artist and happily incorporated the latest technology in her installations and projects for public spaces.

As an artist she also generously accepted the responsibility she felt for the artistic community. This was apparent in her many roles: as an inspiring teacher and mentor at various art schools, a director at DasArts, (De Amsterdamse School, Advanced Research in Theatre and Dance Studies), a member of juries and advisory boards, as an often invited speaker / performer, a member of the Arts Council, and a supervisor of the PhDArts team, guiding professional artists in their doctoral research at Leiden University.

With the exception of one year spent at the music conservatory in Tilburg, she received her art education at the St. Joost academy in Breda, where she graduated rather atypically from the fashion department with a 16 mm film. This was not a complete surprise however, since at the time she came in contact with Frans Zwartjes, an artist and musician but mostly known as an experimental black-and-white filmmaker. As his favorite silent protagonists he manipulated his wife Trix and Moniek Toebosch in outrageously absurd situations. Looking back, this collaboration was to define her artistic endeavors. At that time her signature theatrical courage, uninhibited freedom and openness undeniably defined her as artist.

She exploited these qualities to their fullest in her legendary anarchistic music-theatre performances from the seventies in collaboration with Michel Waisvisz. He played electronic music on the crackle box he had invented as she improvised wild singing performances.

The highlight of Toebosch’s theatrical career was Aanvallen van Uitersten (Attacks of Extremes, 1983) her presentation of a remarkable evening program for the Holland Festival that took place at the well attended Carre Theater in Amsterdam, broadcast live on television as part of a series by VPRO. The most notorious evening included Glenn Branca and his band playing terribly loud music, a sensational fashion show and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fisher that was supposed to perform the Prelude of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and accompany Toebosch as mezzo soprano singing the Liebestod. As she appeared from the wings onstage, the conductor walked off. Disgusted by the noisy commotion, he tapped his baton, signaling his departure with a good portion of the orchestra following at his heels. What happened next was breathtaking as we watched Toebosch mobilize her grandiose talent for improvisation. Begging the remaining members of the orchestra to stay, they timidly began to play under her direction. Dressed in her magnificent costume as opera Diva she began to sing, holding notes and jumping up into the air to reach the high ones.

Much of her later work was created in response to specific requests, commissions and contexts. With finely honed antennae for what was happening around her and in the world, she was very much in tune with the zeitgeist. She persistently created new, adventurous work with verve and flair. Even though the work often included her very personal voice, was light-hearted and not at all moralistic, the outcome was never the same. An important example is the nationally recognized Engelenzender (Angel Radio Station, 1994 – 2000) on the Houtribdijk. She was asked to come up with a proposal for a public work with the theme of shelter / refuge. Instead of proposing a physical object or monumental structure, Toebosch turned to her love of driving for inspiration. The car, routinely taking you back and forth from home, is the shelter where you truly feel at ease. And if you can listen to angels singing from your car radio, the experience is made perfect. The site she chose was a 29 kilometers long, narrow stretch of the dike between Lelystad and Enkhuizen, straight through the Ijsselmeer, with an endless view of water on both sides. She herself sang all of the angels in countless variations; high and low, soft and loud, choral and solo about faith, hope and love.The only material aspect of this work consisted of the blue signs posted on the dike, announcing the radio frequency “Engelen / Angels, FM 98.0 Mhz”.

Art-historians have a hard time categorizing her body of work. Even though as an artist she typically used performance, sound and language, one cannot pin point her work through her choice of specific materials, a reoccurring theme or particular disciplines.

At several international exhibitions she presented her impressive and moving installation Les Douleurs Contemporaines (Contemporary Sorrows). Hundreds of different size loudspeakers were placed to form a walking trail for the exhibition space. The sound they produced was a sequence of horrified cries, waling, sobbing, and crying women and children. It was the middle of the nineties and the news was filled with daily catastrophes from war zones…

The proposal for an exhibition of her work instantly led Toebosch to an unparalleled alternative. She made a video of herself behind a desk, dressed in a conservative suit, and greets the viewer with Welkom, gaat u zitten (Welcome, Please Take a Seat). She proceeds to describe her work verbally. It was, in essence, a type of performance that allowed her to express her own ideas, as was the case when, about two years before she passed away, she presented herself as her alter ego Paul Rubens. With combed back hair, heavy rimmed glasses, a severe looking outfit and a distorted low voice she made it clear that there was also a male soul residing inside her. At the same time she shot footage of De Strijkrol (The Role of the Ironer), which was a rather meditative film. It shows her hands slowly pushing white linens through an ironing machine and carefully folding them, an act which she keeps repeating peacefully. It is an intimate, domestic activity, driven by the sound of Toebosch’s sturdy shoe on the pedal.

Her last performance before her passing, Erasing and Recovering on a Saturday Afternoon, was like a fairytale. Dressed all in white she climbed onto an elephant and rode it slowly through a rainy Oude Warande Park in Tilburg, which she had known as a zoo in the past. The elephant was dragging a harrow, simultaneously erasing traces of old, and turning the soil in preparation for something new.


Stichting Moniek Toebosch
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