Exhibitions
Current exhibition

library of exile - reopened

Room 2, British Museum, London
27 August 2020 - 12 January 2021

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A hymn to writers in exile — The Economist. From Venice, to Dresden and now London, Edmund de Waal’s library of exile makes its final stop at the British Museum.

A hymn to writers in exile — The Economist. From Venice, to Dresden and now London, Edmund de Waal’s library of exile makes its final stop at the British Museum.

A temporary pavilion, designed as a place of dialogue and contemplation, where visitors are encouraged to sit and read a collection of over 2,000 books by writers who have experienced exile from across the world. Almost all the books are translations, exploring the idea of language as migration. The library is free to visit and can also be explored via an online catalogue libraryofexile.com.

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Current exhibition

tacet

New Art Centre, Wiltshire
21 September 2020 – 9 January 2021

EDW the tutelar of place I small

An exhibition of new works in stone and alabaster by Edmund de Waal is now open at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Wiltshire.

An exhibition of new works in stone and alabaster by Edmund de Waal is now open at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Wiltshire.

In de Waal's words: "In these last months, I realised how much I wanted to make things for people to touch. I hope they feel old, weathered, 'known and handled' to borrow David Jones' words. I've called them tacet. Silence, rest."

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Current exhibition

The Ephrussis: Travel in Time

Jewish Museum, Vienna

31 May 2020–4 October 2020

Hare Netsuke C 1880

The Ephrussi Family Archive, donated to the Jewish Museum by the de Waal family, will go on display in this special exhibition along with 157 netsuke from Edmund de Waal's collection.

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Forthcoming exhibition

This Living Hand

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green
31 March - 31 October 2021

41 Lh 707 Hands

A new exhibition of Henry Moore's work, curated by de Waal for the Henry Moore Foundation, rescheduled for Spring 2021. This Living Hand will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art.

A new exhibition of Henry Moore's work, curated by de Waal for the Henry Moore Foundation, rescheduled for Spring 2021. This Living Hand will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art.

In the exhibition, de Waal will present a selection of original sculptures and other objects by Moore which visitors will be invited to touch, as well as a group of drawings and sculptural works charting Moore’s interest in the hand as a subject, from Reclining Figure: Hand (1979) to the numerous two and three-dimensional studies of his own and other subjects’ hands, including the drawings and lithographs he made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, who wanted her hands to be used as her portrait.

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Project

library of exile catalogue

Online catalogue

Edmund De Waal Psalm Venice 02

The library of exile is now open at the British Museum, London. The library has its own online catalogue which is continually updated with new titles. Explore and search the holdings by language, author, category or country on its dedicated website here.

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Featured exhibition

Elective Affinities

The Frick Collection, New York
Virtual tour

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This virtual tour documents Edmund de Waal's installation of site-specific sculptures which were displayed in The Frick Collections's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

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