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Edmund de Waal and Jan Dalley, FT Weekend Festival, London, 2019

In Conversation

FT Weekend Festival 2021
Edmund de Waal and Jan Dalley

Saturday, September 4, 2021, 11–11:45am
Kenwood House, London
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As part of this year’s FT Weekend Festival in London, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Financial Times art editor Jan Dalley on the Arts Stage to discuss his latest book, Letters to Camondo, and his placing of his contemporary work in dialogue with another era.

Gagosian is partnering with the Financial Times to host the Arts Stage at the one-day event where leading experts discuss the arts, music, literature, food, business, and technology. Recent Gagosian Quarterly films will be screened between sessions on the stage throughout the day and Gagosian publications will also be presented. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.ftweekendfestival.com.

Edmund de Waal and Jan Dalley, FT Weekend Festival, London, 2019

Left: Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson. Right: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez

In Conversation

The Thinking Hand
Edmund de Waal and Richard Calvocoressi

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 8am EDT (1pm BDT)

Edmund de Waal will speak with Gagosian director Richard Calvocoressi in a conversation entitled “The Thinking Hand,” on the occasion of the exhibition The Human Touch at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, England. Sitting in front of a large painting of a hand by Georg Baselitz, the final work in the exhibition, they will explore the creativity of the artist’s hands and the marks and traces they leave, beginning by discussing Calvocoressi’s monograph on Baselitz, published by Thames and Hudson in May 2021. The pair will revisit their conversation entitled “The Possibility of Touch,” published in the catalogue for the 2015 exhibition Henry Moore: Wunderkammer—Origin of Forms at Gagosian, London, curated by Calvocoressi, formerly director of the Henry Moore Foundation. De Waal has also been exploring the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art in This Living Hand, an exhibition he curated at the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Perry Green, England, on view through October 31, 2021. To attend the online event, register at tickets.museums.cam.ac.uk.

Left: Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson. Right: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez

Edmund de Waal: Letters to Camondo (London: Penguin Random House, 2021)

In Conversation

Edmund de Waal
Adam Gopnik

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:30pm EDT

Join the Jewish Museum, New York, for a conversation between Edmund de Waal and author Adam Gopnik to celebrate the US launch of de Waal’s new book Letters to Camondo. The pair will discuss the book’s themes, including assimilation, art, and the essence of memory. Letters to Camondo consists of a series of haunting letters de Waal wrote to Count Moïse de Camondo—the owner of a Parisian palace turned into a memorial for his son lost in the First World War, now known as the Musée Nissim de Camondo. The Camondo family lived in Paris a few doors away from de Waal’s forebears, the Ephrussis. Both families were collectors and part of belle epoque society; both were also targets of anti-Semitism. To attend the event, register at thejewishmuseum.org.

Edmund de Waal: Letters to Camondo (London: Penguin Random House, 2021)

Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson

In Conversation

Edmund de Waal
Olivier Gabet

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 2pm EDT

Edmund de Waal will speak with Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, about the themes explored in his new book, Letters to Camondo—to be released in the United Kingdom on April 22—including assimilation, art, and the essence of memory. The book consists of a series of haunting letters de Waal wrote to Count Moïse de Camondo—the owner of a Parisian palace turned into a memorial for his son lost in the First World War, now known as the Musée Nissim de Camondo. The Camondo family lived in Paris a few doors away from de Waal’s forebears, the Ephrussis. Both families were collectors and part of belle epoque society; both were also targets of anti-Semitism. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.vam.ac.uk.

Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson

Edmund de Waal, library of exile, 2019–20, installation view, British Museum, London, 2020–21 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Hélène Binet

Performance

A space to be
A musical celebration of Edmund de Waal’s “library of exile”

Friday, January 29, 2021, 1–2:30pm EST (6–7:30pm GMT)

Join musician, composer, and television presenter Soumik Datta for an evening of performances to mark the closing of Edmund de Waal’s installation library of exile at the British Museum in London, before the books move to their permanent home at the University of Mosul in Iraq. The event will feature original musical responses to the work by Datta, singer-songwriter Amahla, UK-born rubab virtuoso Shaphwat Simab, and Tasmanian-British saxophonist Yasmin Ogilvie, as well as readings by de Waal and other acclaimed guest writers. To watch the live event, visit the British Museum’s YouTube channel.

Edmund de Waal, library of exile, 2019–20, installation view, British Museum, London, 2020–21 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Hélène Binet

Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal

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Edmund de Waal
Sally Mann

Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
Frick Collection, New York
www.frick.org

In conjunction with the exhibition Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, artist and writer Edmund de Waal will speak with Sally Mann about art and writing, and about the pair’s individual practices. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, RSVP to edevents@frick.org.

Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal

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Announcements

Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson

Honor

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2021 birthday honors list for his service to the arts as a potter and a writer. The title CBE is bestowed to individuals who have made distinct and innovative contributions to the United Kingdom.

Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson

Photo: Ben McKee

Award

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal will receive the Max and Trude Berger Award from the Jewish Museum Vienna on November 6, 2018. De Waal generously supported the museum by donating the Ephrussi family archive and netsuke collection to the institution earlier this year.

Photo: Ben McKee

Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal Presents Henry Moore, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, England, May 19–October 31, 2021. Artwork, left and right: © Edmund de Waal; center left and center right: reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: Alzbeta Jaresova

On View

This Living Hand
Edmund de Waal Presents Henry Moore

Through October 31, 2021
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, England
www.henry-moore.org

Curated by Edmund de Waal, this exhibition explores the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art. Moore believed that “tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture.” Original carved benches by de Waal, as well as a group of Moore’s drawings and sculptural works charting his interest in the hand as a subject, are included.

Installation view, This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal Presents Henry Moore, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, England, May 19–October 31, 2021. Artwork, left and right: © Edmund de Waal; center left and center right: reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: Alzbeta Jaresova

Entrance hall of the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris. Photo: Jean-Marie del Moral © MAD Paris

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Edmund de Waal
Lettres à Camondo

Through May 15, 2022
Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris
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This exhibition, titled in French after Edmund de Waal’s recently published book Letters to Camondo, is designed as an intimate dialogue between de Waal’s works and the historic furnishings held in the Musée Nissim de Camondo, former residence of Count Moïse de Camondo, whose family’s tragic history is recounted in de Waal’s epistolary novel. De Waal will present new installations made especially for the museum’s rooms and collections, which have remained unaltered since 1936.

Entrance hall of the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris. Photo: Jean-Marie del Moral © MAD Paris

Edmund de Waal, library of exile, 2019–20, installation view, Ateneo Veneto, Venice © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

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Edmund de Waal
library of exile

August 27, 2020–January 12, 2021
British Museum, London
www.britishmuseum.org

Edmund de Waal has constructed a small library that houses two thousand books written by exiled authors from Ovid’s time to the present day. The external walls of the library are inscribed with a new text piece listing the lost and erased libraries of the world. Inside, embedded in the bookshelves, is a quartet of de Waal’s large-scale vitrines, containing porcelain vessels and page-like brackets of steel. This exhibition originated at the Ateneo Veneto in Venice.

To learn more watch de Waal speak about the project in a Gagosian Quarterly video.

Edmund de Waal, library of exile, 2019–20, installation view, Ateneo Veneto, Venice © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

Edmund de Waal, library of exile, 2019, installation view, Edmund de Waal: psalm, Ateneo Veneto, Venice. Artwork © Edmund de Waal

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Edmund de Waal
library of exile

November 30, 2019–February 16, 2020
Japanisches Palais, Dresden, Germany
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Edmund de Waal has constructed a small library that houses two thousand books written by exiled authors from Ovid’s time to the present day. The external walls of the library are inscribed with a new text piece listing the lost and erased libraries of the world. Inside, embedded in the bookshelves, is a quartet of de Waal’s large-scale vitrines, containing porcelain vessels and page-like brackets of steel. This exhibition has traveled from the Ateneo Veneto in Venice.

To learn more watch de Waal speak about the project in a Gagosian Quarterly video.

Edmund de Waal, library of exile, 2019, installation view, Edmund de Waal: psalm, Ateneo Veneto, Venice. Artwork © Edmund de Waal

Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Christopher Burke

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Elective Affinities
Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection

May 30–November 17, 2019
Frick Collection, New York
www.frick.org

The Frick Collection presents an installation of Edmund de Waal’s site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass that are displayed alongside works from the permanent collection.

Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal, tehillim, 2019 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

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Edmund de Waal
psalm

May 8–September 29, 2019
Museo Ebraico and Ateneo Veneto, Venice
www.edmunddewaal.com

Edmund de Waal: psalm is a two-part exhibition in Venice. The first part takes place at the Scuola Canton, a sixteenth-century synagogue under the aegis of Museo Ebraico, and includes new installations of porcelain, marble, and gold that reflect the literary and musical heritage of the place. The second part is at the Ateneo Veneto, where Edmund de Waal has constructed a small library within the main space that houses two thousand books written by exiled authors from Ovid’s time to the present day.

Edmund de Waal, tehillim, 2019 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, your name, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal

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Edmund de Waal
breath

February 20–May 11, 2019
Ivorypress, Madrid
www.ivorypress.com

Breath is an invitation for Edmund de Waal to work across Ivorypress’s three different spaces: the publishing house, the exhibition space, and the bookshop. At the heart of this project is an artist’s book, published by Ivorypress. To accompany the volume, de Waal has made a series of seventeen new works; alongside these is a reading room, housing a selection of one hundred books, inviting visitors to sit down and read.

Edmund de Waal, your name, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, –one way or other–, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

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Edmund de Waal
–one way or other–

September 15, 2018–January 6, 2019
Schindler House, Los Angeles
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Edmund de Waal’s first architectural intervention in America is being held at the Schindler House: a landmark of West Coast modernism, built in 1922 in West Hollywood by Viennese émigré architect Rudolph Schindler. The exhibition includes recent works that respond directly to the materials and spaces of the house, and a sound piece conceived with the composer Simon Fisher Turner.

Edmund de Waal, –one way or other–, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, white island, II, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

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Edmund de Waal
white island

June 8–September 16, 2018
Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Ibiza, Spain
www.eivissa.es

Edmund de Waal’s first exhibition in Spain will include existing works as well as new pieces that de Waal made with Ibiza, also known as “the White Island,” in mind.

Edmund de Waal, white island, II, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view, Edmund de Waal/Giorgio Morandi, 2017. Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Béranger

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Edmund de Waal
Giorgio Morandi

April 7–October 1, 2017
Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden
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In this exhibition, contemporary British ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal meets renowned Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, whose oeuvre largely consists of sensual still-life paintings of pottery. However, it’s not ceramics that unites these two artists but rather the encouragement of mindful viewing and contemplation. Bo Nilsson has curated the exhibition in collaboration with de Waal.

Installation view, Edmund de Waal/Giorgio Morandi, 2017. Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Edmund de Waal, in C, 2015. Photo by Mike Bruce

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Edmund de Waal
Lettres de Londres

January 20–April 15, 2017
Espace Muraille, Geneva
www.espacemuraille.com

A series of new works by Edmund de Waal, inspired by the writings of Voltaire.

Edmund de Waal, in C, 2015. Photo by Mike Bruce

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