Diego Tonus (b.1984, Italy) lives and works in Amsterdam and London.

Within his artistic practice, Diego Tonus focuses on reproduction as a tool of investigation to question control systems and power structures by transforming images, objects and collective experiences he selects, in order to put them in a new process of thought and present their underlying structures of codification and normativity. Either working with video or journalistic writing (whereby editing allows the re-telling of an individual experience by altering it), voice (wherein precise pitch and modulation techniques influence listener’s unconscious reaction), performance or sculpture (wherewith a specific subject and its history are questioned through the presentation of their new originals), the research of Diego Tonus analyses the balance between narrative’s modes and the content, showing or revealing how much narrative structure is, above all, an instrument of influencing and manipulation of both the public and the object.

Diego Tonus (b. 1984, Italy) is an artist living and working in Amsterdam and London. Tonus studied Visual Arts at IUAV University, Venice and received an MFA from Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. He participated in numerous group exhibitions including at the Saal Biennal, Tallin (2017); 16th Rome Quadrennial (2016); WIELS, Brussels (2015); De Appel (2015); Van Gogh Museum (2015); CCA Singapore (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Fondazione Sandretto Turin (2013) and Kunstverein Nürnberg (2013). Solo shows and presentations at ar/ge kunst Kunstverein Bozen (2017); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2013) and Danish Pavilion, Giardini Biennale Venice (2011). His films were presented internationally including at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015) and Kunsthalle Gwangju (2011). In 2014 and 2017 he has received Mondriaan Fonds artist stipends and has been awarded residency at Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (2017); at WIELS, Brussels (2014) and Spinola Banna Foundation, Turin (2011). Tonus has been nominated for several awards including the Performance Act Award, Trento (2015) and Add Fire - Furla Foundation Art Award, Bologna (2012). In 2015 he presented ‘Five Cases of Intrusion’, his first artist’s book, published by Archive Books and his latest publication ‘I, the Dog of my Master’ published by Mer.Paper Kunsthalle, entered the Wisława Szymborska Archive in Warsaw. In 2017 the artist presents the film Topography of Terror (19.12.2016) in collaboration with artist Elisa Caldana, supported by Hessische Kulturstiftung (DE) and ACME Studios (London). He is currently working on the Catalogue Raisonnè titled ‘The Presidents’ Hammers’, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti (to be published by Roma Publications) and investigating decision-making as a form of quiet madness. At the present day, the artist is developing a new project titled Fragments of a Conversation with a Counterfeiter, investigating how value is affected by transportation and transactions in the Bitcoin-Era.




2019 UPCOMING Fragments of a Conversation with a Counterfeiter (curated by Huib Haye van der Werf), STROOM Den Haag (NL)

Topography of Terror (19.12.2016) (curated by Gareth Evans), Whitechapel Gallery London (UK)

2018 UPCOMING Processing Authorities - ACT III (curated by Lorenzo Benedetti) in collaboration with the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (NL)

2018  The Added Value at Ellen de Bruijne Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

Topography of Terror (19.12.2016), Two persons exhibition with artist Elisa Caldana, ar/ge Kunst - Kunstverein Bolzano, (curated by Emanuele Guidi)

2015   Five Cases of Intrusion, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (NL)

Processing Authorities - ACT I, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (NL)

Residenti, Villa e Collezione Panza, FAI - Villa Panza di Biumo, Varese (IT)

2011  Hour of the Wolf, Film projection at Danish Pavilion - Giardini Biennale, Venice (IT)


2018  Abracadabra (curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti), Moscow Biennale (RU)

That’s IT! (curated by Lorenzo Balbi), MAMBO Museum, Bologna (IT)

2018  Open Studios, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL)

2018  The Future of Money / Labour (curated by Corridor), Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam (NL) 

2017  Saal Biennal Tallin, Kanuti Gildi Saal, Estonia

2017  Acoustic Justice – A Courtroom is not a Gallery (curated by James Parker and Joel Stern), Federal Court Building Melbourne, Australia

2017  Group Show (curated by Galerie International), SQUASH Editions and Jan Mot Gallery, Mexico City

See How the Land Lays (curated by HELD), WEST Den Haag, Former Building of the Court of Justice (NL)

Artists’ Film International (curated by Emily Gonzales-Jarrett), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (US)

2016  Orestiade Italiana (curated by Simone Frangi), 16th Rome Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (IT)

2016  Kamarado (curated by Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Clark House Initiative), Clark House, Mumbai

2016  Prospects and Concepts (curated by Noor Mertens), Mondriaan Fund for Art Rotterdam (NL)

Atopolis (curated by Dirk Snauwaert), WIELS, Mons (BE) 

When I Give I Give Myself (curated by Henk Schut), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

2014  We Have Never Been Modern (curated by Maria Rosa Sossai), SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul (Korea)

2014  The Disappearance (curated by Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey), CCA - Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore (SG)

Rehearsal of the Real (curated by Simone Neuenschwander), Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany (DE)

The Real Thing? (curated by Antonia Alampi and Jason Waite), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

The 338 Hour Cineclub (curated by Rosalie Doubal, Alec Steadman, Emeline Vincent), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (IT)

  Add Fire - 9th Edition of Furla Award (curated by Furla Foundation), Ex-Ospedale degli Innocenti, Bologna (IT)

2012  Fuoriclasse (curated by Luca Cerizza), GAM - Villa Reale, Milan (IT)

2012  Out-of-_________ (curated by Leila Khastoo), Galerie Dohyang Lee, Paris (FR)

2012  Jusqu'ici tout va bien (curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Christiane Rekade), OSLO10, Basel (CH)

2012  Three artists walk into a bar ... (curated by Antonia Alampi, Katia Krupennikova, Qinyi Lim, Sanne Oorthuizen, Alec Steadman, Ivana Vaseva), De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (NL)

2012  Annual exhibition 2011 (curated by Spinola Banna Foundation), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice (IT)

Transitions (curated by Emile Zile, Theus Zwakhals and Petra Heck), NIMK, Amsterdam (NL)

2012  Out-of-_________ (curated by Leila Khastoo), Michael Benevento Gallery, Los Angeles (US)

2011  Annual exhibition 2011, Spinola Banna Foundation, Poirino (IT)

2009  Very late at night (curated by Roberto Daolio and Elio Grazioli), Neon>campobase, Bologna (IT)

2009  Archive & Counter Archive (curated by Lorenzo Bruni), Dryphoto & Monash University, Prato (IT)

2009  A new italian epic (curated by Andrea Bruciati), Brown Space, Milan (IT)

2008  Fruz 03 (curated by Andrea Bruciati), GC.AC. Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone (IT)

2008  Mastermind (curated by Riccardo Giacconi, Michela Lupieri, Natasa Vasiljevic’, Daniele Zoico), Neon>campobase, Bologna (IT)

2008  Hell on earth. Varieties of dystopia (directed by Lewis Baltz), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice (IT)

2008  Iuav al MAXXI (curated by Angela Vettese and Cornelia Lauf), MAXXI, Rome (IT)

2007  Spritz Time! (curated by Milovan Farronato), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, San Marco, Venice (IT)

2006  Talk to the city (curated by Careof), Careof/Viafarini, Milan (IT)

2006  The private eye: a prologue (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (SLO)

2006  90°mostra collettiva, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, San Marco, Venice (IT)

2005  Riflessioni sul contemporaneo (curated by Daniela Zangrando), casa Wiel, Perarolo di Cadore (BL)



2017 ART ON FILM 2017 (curated by Desdemona Ventroni) in collaboration with Schermo dell’Arte (Florence), Casa Masaccio (IT)

2016-2017  Topography of Terror - Research based project in London in collaboration with artist Elisa Caldana (IT), funded by Hessische KulturStiftung (Germany) and ACME STUDIOS (London)

2015  Artist’s Film International 2014-2015, (selected by GAMeC, Bergamo), Whitechapel, London (UK) 

2014-2015  Critique Session, Workshop-based performance in collaboration with artist David Bernstein (US), CAC Vilnius 

2015  Refresh - with Ugo la Pietra and Rober Pettena (curated by Gabriele Tosi), Localedue, Bologna (IT) 

2012  Nounou; cage aux lions /deuxième partie (curated by Eva Fabbris), Erg Galerie, Bruxelles (BE)

Global House Video Screenings for 3rd Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course (directed by Ute Meta Bauer), Kunsthalle Gwangju, South Korea

2011  Effetto Venturi: Hour of the wolf (curated by Peep Hole), Oberdan Theater, Milan (IT)

2009  Short Show #12 (curated by Andrea Bruciati), Neon>fdv, Milan (IT)

2007  Talk with me (curated by Mario Pieroni, Achille Bonito Oliva and Alberto Garutti), in collaboration with RAM (Radioartemobile) and Sound Art Museum, in occasion of 52.nd International  Biennal of Visual Arts, Venice (IT)



2017  Fellow at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL)

Hessische KulturStiftung and ACME Residency, London (UK)

2014  WIELS Residency, Bruxelles (BE)

2010-2011  Spinola Banna Foundation, Poirino (IT)

2006-2007  Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice (IT)

2006  Real Presence (curated by Dobrila Denegri and Biliana Tomic), Beograde (SRB)



2011  Un Monumento per Stradivari (curated by Ettore Favini), CRAC, Cremona (IT)



2018  Italian Council of MiBACT (IT)

Finalist for Performance Act Award - Live Works Vol.3, Centrale Fies, Dro - Trento (IT)

Selected by Jimmie Durham for 5x5Castellò2013, EACC, Spain (ES)

2013  Finalist of the 9th Edition of Furla Award - Add Fire (patron artist: Jimmie Durham), Bologna (IT)



AFK - Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst (NL)

2018  Mondriaan Fonds, Bijdrage Publicaties, Amsterdam (NL)

 Mondriaan Fonds, Bijdrage Praktijkverdieping, Amsterdam (NL)

Mondriaan Fonds, Projectinvestering Kunstenaar, Amsterdam (NL)

2014  Mondriaan Fonds, Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, Amsterdam (NL)



Public Collections: MAMbo Museum (Bologna), Centrale Fies Collection (Trento); Spinola Banna Foundation Collection (Turin)

Selected Private Collections: Rotschild (Belgium); McCarthy and Sager (New York); Schwarz (Munich); Cochrane (Italy); Fasol (Italy); Lauf (Italy); Dittrich (Maastricht)