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Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal in conversation with André Aciman (podcast)

Edmund de Waal, photo: Holger Niehaus
Edmund de Waal, photo: Holger Niehaus

In an episode for the podcast series Always Authors, Edmund de Waal joins the acclaimed writer André Aciman in conversation about their work, lives, and favourite books.

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Edmund de Waal in conversation with Katy Hessel (Artist Talk)
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
Friday, 3 June 2022, 1pm (BST)

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

As part of the Hay Festival 2022, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with art historian, curator and broadcaster Katy Hessel to discuss his recent published book Letters to Camondo.

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Edmund de Waal in conversation with Chad Coerver
Online Talk: Sunday, 19 June 2022, 7pm (BST)

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

Edmund de Waal will join Chad Coerver, Executive Director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, in a conversation about his book Letters to Camondo.

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Eine STADT. Ein BUCH. 2021
From 12 November 2021, Vienna

From 12 November onwards, 100,000 copies of Der Hase mit den Bernsteinaugen, the German edition of Edmund de Waal's family memoir, will be given away across Vienna as part of this year's Eine STADT. Ein BUCH. Since 2002, this initiative has dedicated its yearly programme to selecting a specially produced book, which is printed and distributed for free across the city.

Eine STADT. Ein BUCH


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Edmund de Waal in conversation with Lisa Zeitz

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

For the eleventh episode of the podcast series WELTKUNST – Was macht die Kunst?, Edmund de Waal is in conversation with art historian and journalist Lisa Zeitz, to talk about his highly celebrated book The Hare With Amber Eyes. Listen to this episode here.


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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.


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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 (publication)
Now published in France, UK and USA

Edmund de Waal's newest book, Letters to Camondo, has been published in France, UK and USA.

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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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.

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Whitechapel Gallery