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Edmund de Waal

psalm (solo show)
To coincide with the 58th Venice Biennale
Canton Scuola Synagogue / Ateneo Veneto, Venice
8 May - 29 September 2019

Edmund de Waal, the library of exile, 2019, Ateneo Veneto, Venice © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo
Edmund de Waal, the library of exile, 2019, Ateneo Veneto, Venice © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

Edmund de Waal is creating a major new two-part exhibition to be displayed in the 500-year-old Jewish Ghetto in Venice, coinciding with the opening of the 58th Biennale.

The first part is located in the spaces surrounding the Canton Scuola, the beautiful 16th century synagogue in the Ghetto Nuovo, which is now part of the Jewish Museum.

New installations of porcelain, marble and gold will reflect the literary and musical heritage of this extraordinary place. The intention is to animate spaces that are little known and little understood by visitors to the Biennale and to bring new audiences into the Ghetto.

The second part of the work will be a pavilion based at the Ateneo Veneto, the fifteenth-century building near the Fenice Opera House that has been an historic centre for cultural debate in Venice. Here, de Waal is constructing a small building within the main space that will house 2,000 books by exiled writers, from Ovid to the present day.

Edmund de Waal said: “This is the project I have always dreamed of doing. It is about exile – what it means to have to move to another country, to speak another language. It brings new installations based on the Psalms, the poetry of exile, into some of the most beautiful spaces of the Ghetto, the first time some of these spaces have been used for contemporary art. And my library for the Ateneo – two thousand books within a porcelain-covered pavilion – will be the most significant sculpture of my life. It will be a new library reflecting Venice’s thousand years as a place of translation, a space to sit and read and be.”

Edmund de Waal website

Museo Ebraico, Venice


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The Library of Memory (symposium)
Ateneo Veneto, Venice
19 – 20 September 2019

Edmund de Waal, the library of exile, installation view, Ateneo Veneto, Venice, 2019 © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo
Edmund de Waal, the library of exile, installation view, Ateneo Veneto, Venice, 2019 © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

An international symposium for the psalm cultural programme in Venice. This symposium brings together Edmund de Waal, Murray Baumgarten, Margaret Brose, Piotr Cywinski, Marc Epstein, Yoel Finkelman, Eva Hoffman, Mary Hoffman, Simon Levis Sullam, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Bill Sherman, Daniel Vogelman and James Young at the Ateneo Veneto, Venice.

The psalm cultural programme is a special series of events that has been curated together with the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Centred on themes of translation, exile, migration and diaspora, the programme aims to bring the experiences of contemporary writers in exile into focus and to celebrate works in translation. Symposiums, readings, performances and more are being held in several venues throughout the biennale. Special activities for children will also run during the summer months and into the autumn.

Edmund de Waal website

psalm cultural programme


Edmund de Waal et al.

The Ephrussis. Travel in Time (group show)
Jewish Museum Vienna, Vienna
6 November 2019 – 8 March 2020

Things and the stories that tell about the people who once collected them, held them in their hands, passed them on and found them again are the focus of the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. It examines the fate of the Ephrussi family, who originated from Russia, and their voluntary and involuntary travels between Russia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Japan and other countries. On the basis of selected objects, documents and pictures, the economic and social development of a European-Jewish family, whose descendants now live scattered throughout the world as a result of flight and expulsion during the Nazi era, is traced. Works once belonging to the family can be found today in international museums and art collections. These recall the former owners and their relationships with the artistic and intellectual circles of that time in Odessa, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid and other places.

At the heart of the exhibition is the Ephrussi Family Archives, donated to the Jewish Museum by the De Waal family, as well as 157 netsukes the family will loan to the museum.

Jewish Museum Vienna


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Edmund de Waal in conversation with Christina Kondoleon on Cy Twombley
Frieze Masters, London
4 October 2019

Portrait of Edmund de Waal, 2015. Photo: Ben McKee © Edmund de Waal
Portrait of Edmund de Waal, 2015. Photo: Ben McKee © Edmund de Waal

As part of the Frieze Masters talks programme, Edmund de Waal will be discussing the work of Cy Twombley with Christine Kondoleon of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Frieze Masters


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Edmund de Waal on Porcelain Past and Present (talk)
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington
6.30pm – 7.30pm, 8 October 2019

Portrait of Edmund de Waal, 2000. Photo: Ben McKee © Edmund de Waal
Portrait of Edmund de Waal, 2000. Photo: Ben McKee © Edmund de Waal

To complement The Peacock Room in Blue and White, now on view in the Freer Gallery, potter and author Edmund de Waal presents a fascinating discussion about displays of Asian ceramics in America and Europe. As an artist and writer, de Waal offers a fresh perspective on the Peacock Room, its role as a space for the display of ceramics, and its relation to his own body of work.

Freer Gallery of Art


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Affinities among Friends (talk)
Edmund de Waal in conversation with writer Adam Gopnik (10 October 2019) and artist Sally Mann (8 November 2019)
The Frick Collection, New York

Installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist Photo: Christopher Burke
Installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist Photo: Christopher Burke

In this two-part talks series at The Frick Collection, New York, in conjunction his exhibition Elective Affinities, de Waal is in conversation with writer Adam Gopnik (10 October) and artist Sally Mann (8 November) about art, writing and other topics.

The Frick Collection Event Talk Part 1
The Frick Collection Event Talk Part 2


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Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection (solo show)
The Frick Collection, New York
30 May - 17 November 2019

Edmund de Waal, Elective Affinities, installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. Photo: Christopher Burke
Edmund de Waal, Elective Affinities, installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. Photo: Christopher Burke

The Frick Collection presents a temporary installation of sculptures by acclaimed author and ceramist Edmund de Waal. Site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass are displayed in the museum's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

De Waal is known for his installations of porcelain vessels housed in minimal structures, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a specific place. Past sites have included Waddesdon Manor and the Chatsworth House — this project marks his first such installation in the United States.

The Frick Collection, New York