Exhibitions
Current exhibition

Sensational Books

Bodleian Library, Oxford

27 May – 4 December 2022

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Rub, stroke, chew, wear, sniff – Sensational Books explores our experiences of the book beyond reading.

Rub, stroke, chew, wear, sniff – Sensational Books explores our experiences of the book beyond reading.

Structured around six senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch and proprioception – the sense of self-movement and body-perception – this exhibition will unlock a world of sensory engagement with books. Edmund de Waal's artist book Breath will be installed in the show from 21 June 2022.

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Current exhibition

we live here, forever taking leave

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

15 June – 30 October 2022

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This exhibition brings together a curated selection of new and striking pieces. The installations explore the interconnected relations between faith, history, displacement, learning and archives – themes which feel more relevant than ever and which are woven into Waddesdon’s own fabric and existence.

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Current exhibition

Living With Art We Love

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

26 March – 9 October 2022

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The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire present Living With Art We Love, an exhibition of a selection of favourite pieces from their collection.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire present Living With Art We Love, an exhibition of a selection of favourite pieces from their collection.

Contemporary artworks by Michael Craig Martin, Edmund de Waal, Natasha Daintry and Felicity Aylieff – artists actively collected and commissioned by the Duke and Duchess – are displayed alongside historic art from the Devonshire Collections rarely seen in public, including major works by Poussin, Rembrandt and Boltraffio.

Photography: Freddy Griffiths.



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Current exhibition

that other world, the world of the teapot. tenderness, a model

Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover

25 June – 25 September 2022

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This group exhibition brings together works by Edmund de Waal, Käthe Kollwitz, Alice Neel, Cerith Wyn Evans and many more.

This group exhibition brings together works by Edmund de Waal, Käthe Kollwitz, Alice Neel, Cerith Wyn Evans and many more.

that other world, the world of the teapot, is the world the writer and the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate Olga Tokarczuk is longing for. In her Nobel Lecture, the author recalls Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of a teapot, broken by the people's awkwardness and their carelessness, and immediately disposed of and rejected.

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Current exhibition

Eternally Yours

Somerset House, London
16 June – 25 September

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Three Meissen plates, with kintsugi repairs, which were first shown in the Dresden incarnation of the Library of Exile are currently on display as part of Eternally Yours, an exhibition at Somerset House, London, exploring ideas around care, repair and healing.

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Featured exhibition

Lettres à Camondo

Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris
7 October 2021 – 15 May 2022

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Following the publication of Lettres à Camondo, the Musée Nissim de Camondo exhibited new installations by de Waal made especially for its rooms and collections. The museum has remained unaltered since 1936 and this was the first invitation of its kind to a living artist.

Following the publication of Lettres à Camondo, the Musée Nissim de Camondo exhibited new installations by de Waal made especially for its rooms and collections. The museum has remained unaltered since 1936 and this was the first invitation of its kind to a living artist.


Photo: Christophe Dellière. © MAD, Paris. Courtesy of the artist and MAD, Paris.

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Featured exhibition

The Hare with Amber Eyes exhibition

The Jewish Museum, New York
19 November 2021 – 15 May 2022

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A major exhibition based on de Waal's celebrated family memoir took place at The Jewish Museum in New York. Designed by award-winning architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, this immersive exhibition brought together pieces from the Ephrussi’s collections from across the world to examine the ways in which objects can function as storytellers, symbols of resilience, and monuments of a family legacy.

A major exhibition based on de Waal's celebrated family memoir took place at The Jewish Museum in New York. Designed by award-winning architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, this immersive exhibition brought together pieces from the Ephrussi’s collections from across the world to examine the ways in which objects can function as storytellers, symbols of resilience, and monuments of a family legacy.

The centrepiece was the extraordinary collection of Japanese netsuke, hidden by a maid who concealed them from German officials in her mattress, and later returned them to the family after the war. The collection has since been handed down to subsequent generations, serving as a connection between the past and the present.

Photography: Iwan Baan

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