Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick (podcast)

Edmund de Waal. Photo: Ben McKee
Edmund de Waal. Photo: Ben McKee

Renowned artist, ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal joins Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick to discuss the legacy of British artist and potter Bernard Leach. Founder of the Leach Pottery in St. Ives 100 years ago and celebrated in Kai Althoff’s current show, Leach drew on traditional Japanese ceramics to lay the foundations for modern Studio Pottery. Author of a critical account of Leach’s genesis and aesthetic, de Waal discusses his enduring appeal.

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Whitechapel Gallery


Edmund de Waal et al.

Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery (group show)
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
26 June 2021 – Spring 2022

Image: Edmund de Waal, and show and end, 2020, © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist
Image: Edmund de Waal, and show and end, 2020, © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist

Edmund de Waal’s miniature sculpture and show and end from 2020 is included in the exhibition Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery, which will be on view at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, from 26 June 2021 until Spring 2022. 

Designed by Wright & Wright architects, The 2021 Modern Art Gallery houses exclusively original, miniature artworks. Including new works created in 2020 by 34 contemporary artists, the presentation provides a fascinating insight into the exploration of modern art, on a doll’s house scale, as well as multiple artistic approaches to creating miniature works.

Pallant House Gallery

Edmund de Waal

Letters to Camondo (publication)
UK edition published on 22 April 2021

The UK edition of Edmund de Waal's newest book, Letters to Camondo, has been published on 22 April 2021.

Count Moïse de Camondo lived a few doors away from Edmund de Waal's forebears, the Ephrussi, first encountered in his bestselling memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes. Like the Ephrussi, the Camondos were part of belle époque high society. They were also targets of anti-semitism.

Camondo created a spectacular house and filled it with the greatest private collection of French eighteenth-century art for his son to inherit. But when Nissim was killed in the First World War, it became a memorial and, on the Count's death, was bequeathed to France.

The Musée Nissim de Camondo has remained unchanged since 1936. Edmund de Waal has explored the lavish rooms, exquisite objects and detailed archives. In a haunting series of letters, he writes to the Count, and gets to know the boy who journeyed from Constantinople and became a model French citizen, before all that was gained was torn away.

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stone for two hands and water, 2021
Henry Moore Foundation Studio & Gardens
From 31 March 2021

Edmund de Waal's sculpture stone for two hands and water, 2021 is on view at the Henry Moore Foundation Studio & Gardens from 31 March 2021. The sculpture has been made by the artist as part of the forthcoming exhibition The Living Hands: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore at the Henry Moore Foundation. This exhibition is curated by de Waal and is scheduled to open on 19 May 2021.

Henry Moore Foundation Studio & Gardens

Edmund de Waal

library of exile (catalogue)

The British Museum has published a catalogue on Edmund de Waal's work, centring around his "library of exile", currently shown at the museum.

"This beautifully produced book reflects upon the themes raised by de Waal’s thought-provoking work of art. A preface by Booker Prize-nominated author Elif Shakef considers the importance of literature and its capacity to transcend language and borders. The introduction from British Museum Director, Hartwig Fischer, positions the artwork within the wider context of the Museum’s collection, highlighting the dialogue between objects through time, from ancient history to the contemporary. Finally, de Waal concentrates on the work itself, its journey to the British Museum via Venice and Dresden, and its future role in the foundation of the new University of Mosul Library. 'Library of exile' is a contemplative read which celebrates language and the opportunity for dialogues with the displaced."

British Museum