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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."

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Edmund de Waal

Letters to Camondo
Online Talk: Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 7–8pm (GMT), on Zoom

An online talk with Edmund de Waal and Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée Nissim de Camondo, will be held by the Victoria and Albert Museum in celebration of the release of de Waal's latest book Letters to Camondo in the UK. This event will take place over Zoom, on Tuesday, 20 April, at 7pm (GMT).

Register for the event here.

Victoria and Albert Museum


Edmund de Waal

sukkah, 2019
St Gabriel's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral
March 2021

Installation view of Edmund de Waal's sukkah, 2019, in St Gabriel's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, March 2021. Image © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alzbeta Jaresova
Installation view of Edmund de Waal's sukkah, 2019, in St Gabriel's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, March 2021. Image © Edmund de Waal, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alzbeta Jaresova

Edmund de Waal's sukkah from 2019 has been installed in Canterbury Cathedral for Passover and Holy Week. Originally created for the Canton Scuola synagogue in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice as part of the 2019 Venice Biennale, the work is now located in St Gabriel’s Chapel, in the Crypt of the Cathedral, a chapel famed for its striking early 12th century frescoes and Romanesque carvings of animals playing musical instruments.

"It is a great privilege to bring this work to a place that I have known and loved since childhood. Sukkah will have moved from the highest space of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto to deep within the oldest parts of Canterbury Cathedral. Both these spaces contain imagery of celebration and it feels appropriate to be announcing this on the eve of the two great festivals of Passover and Easter. I hope its resonance of vulnerability and protection, contemplation and prayer will be manifest here." Edmund de Waal

Canterbury Cathedral


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5 x 15 with Edmund de Waal, Walter Isaacson and Suzanne O'Sullivan
Online Event: Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 7pm (GMT), on Zoom

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

Edmund de Waal will be joining the April edition of the event 5x15 and giving a 15 minute-long speech. Other contributors include Walter Isaacson, Suzanne O'Sullivan, Horatio Clare, among others. This event will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, 21 April, at 7pm (GMT).


5x15


Edmund de Waal

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

Edmund de Waal's newest book, Letters to Camondo, is now available for pre-order. The UK edition will be 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.

Pre-order a copy here.


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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