Lettres de Londres
Lettres de Londres is Edmund de Waal's first exhibition in Geneva and features over twenty-five works made between 2013 and 2016. Downstairs in the contemporary spaces are several works which use new materials alongside porcelain vessels, for example lead blocks in music at night (2016) and Cor-Ten steel, graphite and tin boxes in to begin again (2015). Also temporarily on view are a further ten installations in the restored rooms of the 18th century apartment above the gallery. Scattered across mantlepieces, tables and inside cupboards, these works all directly respond to the writings of the French philosopher Voltaire, who lived and worked in the city towards the end of his life. His 1734 collection of essays - Letters to London - is the inspiration behind this exhibition.