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Edmund de Waal

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

Installation view: Edmund de Waal, stone for two hands and water, 2021, reproduced by permission of Edmund de Waal and New Art Centre, Wiltshire, © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist
Installation view: Edmund de Waal, stone for two hands and water, 2021, reproduced by permission of Edmund de Waal and New Art Centre, Wiltshire, © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist

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


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Letters to Camondo (solo show)
Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris
7 October 2021 – 15 May 2022

Image: Edmund de Waal, Letters à Camondo, I, 2021, © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist, photo: Alzbeta Jaresova
Image: Edmund de Waal, Letters à Camondo, I, 2021, © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist, photo: Alzbeta Jaresova

Edmund de Waal will present a major new exhibition this autumn at the spectacular Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, inspired by his acclaimed book Letters to Camondo. The exhibition, which runs from 7 October 2021 – 15 May 2022, marks Edmund de Waal’s first solo exhibition in France and the first time a contemporary artist has been invited to create an exhibition for the museum.

In Letters to Camondo, Edmund de Waal traces the story of the Jewish Camondo family, who made their home in Paris in the 1870s and became fixtures of Belle Époque high society, as well as targets of antisemitism, much like de Waal’s relations, the Ephrussi family to whom they were connected. Moïse de Camondo created a remarkable house on the rue de Monceau, on the edge of Parc Monceau, and filled it with a remarkable private collection of French 18th century art for his son Nissim to inherit. When Nissim was killed in the First World War the house became a memorial, with instructions that nothing be changed. In 1936 the mansion became the Musée Nissim de Camondo and its management was entrusted to Les Arts Décoratifs.

Edmund de Waal has been given unique access to the historic surrounds of the Musée Nissim de Camondo, creating an exhibition of new sculptures reflecting on the Camondo family, their story, and their memory. The works will be installed throughout the museum’s exquisite rooms and courtyard, in close dialogue with its collection of 18th century art, furniture and objects assembled by Moïse de Camondo.

Edmund de Waal said: “In the courtyard, I have made a series of eight stone sculptures from golden Hornton stone. The stone has seams of darkness. They are monumental blocks worn into smoothness made to sit on singly, or with others. Each has a very small piece of hammered lead and gold on its edge: they are markers of loss and repair. It is a form of kintsugi – the art of visible repair of an object with a line of gold and lacquer. In the hall stands a long table on which I have written and rewritten one of my letters to Moïse de Camondo through layers of porcelain into gold, a kind of palimpsest. And then in the house, there are several installations of objects – broken shards, vessels, words written into paper – thin slithers of porcelain. They are held in oak vitrines to sit on particular pieces of furniture, frame views and sightlines.”

Musée Nissim de Camondo


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Honoured with CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Image: Edmund de Waal, photo: Ben McKee
Image: Edmund de Waal, photo: Ben McKee

We congratulate Edmund de Waal on being appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his outstanding services to the art as a potter and writer.


Glenn Brown, 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

Works by Glenn Brown and Edmund de Waal are 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


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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.

Order a copy here.


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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


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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.

Listen to the podcast by clicking here.

Whitechapel Gallery