Edmund de Waal
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.
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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 ...
Before the Second World War, several prominent French Jewish families built vast collections of art and treasures which sought to venerate beauty at a time of increasing hostility. But their collections – and their rarefied worlds, now vanished – also reveal the tragedy of their troubled lives and identities as they found themselves caught between emancipation, assimilation and antisemitism.
Edmund de Waal: 70th Anniversary Keynote
‘Good for a Single Journey’: Families, Objects, Stories
1952 saw the first Jewish Book Week; four days of lectures and displays under the chairmanship of Dr George Webber. London’s oldest literary festival, it has taken place every year since, now bringing together writers and speakers from all walks of life together with thousands of audience members over nine days each spring.
To mark our 70thanniversar...