The White Road
Edmund de Waal
Accompany Edmund de Waal on his personal pilgrimage along The White Road, which tells the story of his obsession with porcelain – ‘white gold’ – and the lure it has held for those who have encountered it. Edmund de Waal’s history ranges far and wide, from the Jesuit missionaries in 17thcentury China, via the palaces of Versailles and Dresden, to the chemist shops of 18th century Plymouth and the darkest moments of 20th century history
Edmund de Waal CBE is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place. His interventions have been made for diverse spaces and museums worldwide, including The British Museum, London, The Frick Collection, New York and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. His memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Costa Biography Award, was named as one of the books of the decade by the Sunday Times and of the 21st century by the Guardian. It was the Independent Bookseller Book of the Decade and has been translated into 29 languages. In 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction by Yale University. The White Road, a journey into the history of porcelain, was published to great acclaim in 2015. Edmund will present a major new exhibition this autumn at the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, inspired by his latest book Letters to Camondo . He lives in London with his family.