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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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Look-out: Edmund de Waal & Olivier Gabet (artist talk)
Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, London
4 March 2024, 7:30 pm GMT

Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson
Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson

Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Olivier Gabet, director of the Département des objets d’art at the Musée du Louvre, and curator of de Waal’s exhibition Lettres à Camondo at the Musée Nissim de Camondo in 2021–2022. In this talk, de Waal and Gabet will investigate themes that go through de Waal’s art, from questions of diaspora and memory to materiality.

Institut Français du Royaume-Uni

Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson
Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson

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Rudolf Levy (1875–1944) Magician of Colour (group show)
Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
28 October 2023 – 11 February 2024

Edmund de Waal, spur, 2016, © Edmund de Waal, photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal, spur, 2016, © Edmund de Waal, photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal’s work spur, from 2016, is featured in a major retrospective of the painter Rudolf Levy, co-organised by the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern and the Uffizi. The exhibition presents de Waal’s piece in juxtaposition with Levy’s last self-portrait. 

Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

Edmund de Waal, spur, 2016, © Edmund de Waal, photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal, spur, 2016, © Edmund de Waal, photo: Mike Bruce

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Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto (duo show)
CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart
8 October 2023 – 11 August 2024

Installation view: Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto,CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, 2023, photo: Ole Akhoej
Installation view: Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto,CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, 2023, photo: Ole Akhoej

Edmund de Waal will curate an exhibition of acclaimed Danish ceramicist Axel Salto (1889–1961), considered one of the greatest masters of 20th Century ceramic art. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Edmund de Waal, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, and Kunstsilo, Norway. It opens in Denmark in October 2023, at the Kunstsilo in September 2024, and at The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in 2025.

This exhibition will bring together a significant number of Salto’s works alongside a major new installation by de Waal reflecting on Salto’s enduring influence. On this, de Waal notes:

‘Axel Salto is one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. He created a unique body of ceramic work that continues to fascinate me. His sculptures seem to be on the point of change: glazes are caught in flux. Vases swell as if to burst. He cared about the ways that patterns change course, shift energies, how an animal becomes a person, a man metamorphoses into a stag. Ovid ran powerfully through his life. That moment of change, transformation, is the moment when poetry occurs.’

Installation view: Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto,CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, 2023, photo: Ole Akhoej
Installation view: Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto,CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, 2023, photo: Ole Akhoej

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Isamu Noguchi Award 2023

Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson
Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson

We congratulate Edmund de Waal on being awarded the Isamu Noguchi Award for 2023. Established in 2014 and presented annually, the award celebrates Noguchi’s legacy by acknowledging artistic excellence in highly accomplished individuals who share his spirit of innovation, imagination and commitment to creativity. 

Marking its landmark tenth year, the Noguchi Museum will host the presentation of the award on Tuesday, 12 September 2023, in recognition of artist and writer Edmund de Waal, artist Theaster Gates, and novelist and editor Hanya Yanagihara.

Isamu Noguchi

Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson
Image: Edmund de Waal, 2022, photo: Tom Jamieson

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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.

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

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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