Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal OBE 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 Frick Collection, New York; Ateneo Veneto, Venice; Schindler House, Los Angeles; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and V&A Museum, London. De Waal is also renowned for his bestselling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), and The White Road (2015). He was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011 and awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University in 2015. He lives and works in London.
The Hare with Amber Eyes
The internationally acclaimed ceramicist, Edmund de Waal, retraced the history of his family through an inherited collection of netsuke – tiny Japanese figurines. He spoke here to James Harding about the painstaking journey he unwittingly embarked upon. He evoked vanished worlds – whether 19th century Paris or 20th Vienna – exquisitely, conveying the horrors of the destruction of cosmopolitan Europe and exploring the relationship between collectors and their collections.
Edmund de Waal: The Exiles Return
The ceramicist and acclaimed author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes turns a new page in his family’s story. He came to Jewish Book Week to present his grandmother’s novel, The Exiles Return. Elisabeth de Waal’s book follows four exiles as they return to Vienna in the early 1950s, 15 years after their escape. The publication marks 75 years since the Anschluss.
As an artist working in ceramics much of Edmund de Waal’s recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and co...
The White Road
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 ...
The Library of Exile
Prize-winning author and artist Edmund de Waal talks about his library of exile.
“This library celebrates the idea that all languages are diasporic, that we need other people’s words, self-definitions and re-definitions in translation.” Edmund de Waal
Edmund’s library comprises more than 2,000 volumes in almost all the languages of the world, written by exiled authors from antiquity to the present day. It has been exhibited in Venice and Dresden and will ...