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To accompany the reopening of library of exile at the British Museum, Edmund de Waal and English PEN have planned a series of four online panel discussions for the coming months, exploring themes inspired by the library.

To accompany the reopening of library of exile at the British Museum, Edmund de Waal and English PEN have planned a series of four online panel discussions for the coming months, exploring themes inspired by the library.

The first, which took place on 7 Sept, focussed on Writing Experiences of Migration and Exile, featuring Elif Shafak, Hamid Ismailov and Kavita Puri. The next is scheduled for 29 October. Please check back for more details.

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Event

Writing Experiences of Migration and Exile

Online panel discussion
5.30pm, 7 September 2020

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A timely and urgent discussion exploring how literature can represent the experience of migration and exile, as part of Edmund de Waal’s library of exile at the British Museum.

A timely and urgent discussion exploring how literature can represent the experience of migration and exile, as part of Edmund de Waal’s library of exile at the British Museum.

Chaired by de Waal, it features Booker-shortlisted novelist and human rights activist Elif Shafak, EBRD Prize-winning writer and journalist Hamid Ismailov, and world-renowned journalist, broadcaster and writer Kavita Puri.

This is one of four thought-provoking events exploring the themes inspired by the library of exile, presented in collaboration with de Waal, English PEN, and the British Museum.

The installation and its accompanying public programme has been made possible with the support of the AKO Foundation.

Click the below link to view a recording of the discussion.

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Interview

PEN Transmissions

21 May 2020

Edmund de Waal library of exile

Over the coming weeks, PEN Transmissions, in collaboration with the British Museum and Edmund de Waal, is publishing a series of essays on the theme of exile. This series speaks to de Waal’s library of exile, currently housed at the Museum. In this interview to introduce the series, de Waal speaks to Hannah Trevarthen (English PEN’s Events and Partnerships Manager) about the installation.

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Interview

The Modern House Podcast

23 April 2020

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In this episode of The Modern House Podcast, Matt Gibberd speaks to Edmund de Waal about his work, life and home, as well as his top three living spaces around the world.

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Jaipur Literary Festival

In conversation with Aanchal Malhotra
4.30-5.00pm, 18 April 2020

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Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Aanchal Malhotra, whose book Remnants of Partition is included in the library of exile. Watch online at Jaipur Literary Festival's website, link below.

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Jewish Book Week

Kings Place, London

11.00am, 1 March 2019

Edmund De Waal Library Of Exile

Edmund de Waal will be discussing the library of exile as part of Jewish Book Week in this special event.

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Holocaust Memorial Day

The British Library, London

7.00-8.30pm, 27 January 2020

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Using the diary of Polish-Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel as inspiration, Edmund de Waal explores the ability of personal stories to tell difficult truths, joined by translators Marta Dziurosz and Anna Blasiak, and chaired by writer Lisa Appignanesi.

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Interview

Tracy Chevalier meets Edmund de Waal

BBC Radio 4
9 October 2019

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Writer Tracy Chevalier meets Edmund de Waal at his studio for BBC Radio 4's Only Artists programme.

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Steel Light: Materials and Memories

Lecture at The Frick Collection
30 May 2019

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Delivered at the opening of Elective Affinities, this lecture explores de Waal's long relationship with the Frick and the meanings of collecting within his own life and artistic practice. Click below to play.

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Tales of Exile

Ateneo Veneto, Venice
5.00pm, 6 June 2019

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Part of the psalm cultural programme, a special series of events, curated together with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. For more details, please see the psalm website.

Part of the psalm cultural programme, a special series of events, curated together with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. For more details, please see the psalm website.

For this event, Edmund de Waal was joined by Lisa Appignanesi, Laura Forti, Helon Habila, Danielle McLaughlin, Sabine Scholl at the Ateneo Veneto, Venice.

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On the Eve of Departure: objects, places, stories

Aspen Ideas Festival
10.20am, 27 June 2019

Edmund De Waal Speaking

In this illustrated lecture, de Waal explores the way he works and some of the connections between his family stories and most recent exhibitions and projects in Vienna, at the Venice Biennale, and at the Frick Collection, New York.

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Events

Kirker Lecture

Royal Geographical Society, London

6.00pm, 14 May 2019

Edmund De Waal Psalms Exhibition At Venice Biennale

This year's Kirker Lecture coincides with the unveiling of Edmund de Waal's major work for the Ghetto in Venice. Drawing on the themes of his psalm project - the poetry of exile, the co-existence of different communities and languages and the history of translation in Venice over the course of a thousand years, Edmund de Waal will consider the rich heritage of the Ghetto as a place of exchange in many different senses. This event is in aid of Venice in Peril.

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In honour of Johann Friedrich Böttger

The Zwinger, Dresden

7.00pm, 13 March 2019

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This March, Edmund de Waal will be contributing to an evening held in honour of the alchemist and inventor, Johann Friedrich Böttger, on the 300th anniversary of his death. De Waal will be reading from his most recent book, The White Road (2015), and discussing Böttger’s legacy, along with that of his mentor, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus.

This March, Edmund de Waal will be contributing to an evening held in honour of the alchemist and inventor, Johann Friedrich Böttger, on the 300th anniversary of his death. De Waal will be reading from his most recent book, The White Road (2015), and discussing Böttger’s legacy, along with that of his mentor, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus.


De Waal will also be revealing his plans for a new installation commissioned for the Porzellansammlung’s extraordinary collection.

Admission is free. Please click below for more information and use the Anmelden button to register.

Photo: Page from Böttger's notebook showing his first porcelain tests, 15 January 1708. © Meissen Couture.

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The Gomes Lecture

15 February 2019
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

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The annual Gomes Lecture at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, delivered this February by Edmund de Waal, was entitled In Touch: Objects, Families, Stories. Previous lecturers include Neil McGregor, Sandy Nairne, and Professor Alison Richard. Click the speaker icon below for an audio recording of the lecture.

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Event

German Lost Art Foundation

Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin

27 November 2018

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To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion is con­ven­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence of spe­cial­ists: 20 Years Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples: Roadmap for the Fu­ture, at the Haus der Kul­turen der Welt in Berlin.

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion is con­ven­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence of spe­cial­ists: 20 Years Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples: Roadmap for the Fu­ture, at the Haus der Kul­turen der Welt in Berlin.


As part of the programme, Edmund de Waal will be delivering a lecture entitled On the Eve of Departure: Objects, Families, Stories. Click below for ticket registration information.

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Podcast

The Art Newspaper

Podcast
30 November 2018

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Edmund de Waal joins Ben Luke on The Art Newspaper's podcast to discuss the journey of his netsuke collection and the current state of nazi-loot restitution.

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In conversation with Phillippe Sands

Well Walk Pottery, Hampstead

12 November 2018

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Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with author of the critically-acclaimed book East West Street, Phillipe Sands at the Well Walk Pottery in Hampstead, north London.

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Hay Literary Festival

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture
4.00pm, Wednesday 30 May 2018

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This year's chair of the Wellcome Book Prize judging panel, de Waal gave their annual lecture at the Hay Literary Festival, speaking about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms. Titled Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life, de Waal discussed the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, and the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel. He also spoke about his own works and collaborations exploring themes and ideas of memorial.  

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Wellcome Book Prize

Winner announced

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Irish author Mark O’Connell been awarded the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize for his extraordinary debut To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers and the futurists solving the modest problem of death. The prize judging panel of five people was this year chaired by Edmund de Waal, and includes neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow, journalists Bryony Gordon and Sumit Paul-Choudhury, and writer Sophie Ratcliffe. De Waal described the book as "a passionate, entertaining and cogent examination of those who would choose to live forever".

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Martin Roth Lecture

Albertinum, Dresden
16 January 2018

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In honour of the late Martin Roth, de Waal was invited to give the inaugural lecture set up in his friend's memory. De Waal's talk, I walk the line: Art on the border, was delivered in January at the Albertinum in Dresden. Click below to listen to a recording of the lecture.

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Publication

Frick Diptychs

The Frick Collection

New publication

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Edmund de Waal, James Ivory and Hilary Mantel are among the first participants in Frick Diptychs, a new series of small books to be published by the museum that pair masterworks from the Frick Collection with critical and literary essays. De Waal's essay will be on the subject of a pair of porcelain and bronze candlesticks by the 18th-century French metalworker Pierre Gouthière.

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Art and Exile

Leo Baeck Institute, Queen Mary University

23 March 2017, 6.30pm

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In his first talk for the Leo Baeck Institute, entitled 'On the eve of departure: Art and Exile', Edmund de Waal will talk about the telling of family stories through words and sculpture, touching on his writing of The Hare with Amber Eyes and works by Paul Celan and Walter Benjamin. 

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Bright Earth, Fired Earth: Travels with Porcelain

Yorkshire Museum
5.00pm, 8 May 2017

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For this annual lecture for the Centre of Ceramic Art as part of York University and York Art Gallery, Edmund de Waal will explore a history of obsession with porcelain and will discuss his recent projects in Vienna, Stockholm and Los Angeles.

For this annual lecture for the Centre of Ceramic Art as part of York University and York Art Gallery, Edmund de Waal will explore a history of obsession with porcelain and will discuss his recent projects in Vienna, Stockholm and Los Angeles.



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Metamorphosen: Edmund de Waal and Aurora Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall, London

4.00pm, 4 February 2017

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Following on from a major collaboration in 2015, Edmund de Waal joins forces with Aurora Orchestra again, this time to explore the backdrop to Richard Strauss' work Metamorphosen. De Waal will take the audience on a tour around the ruins of German cities at the end of World War II before a live performance with guest conductor Andrew Marwood. 

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During the Night: Open all night

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 

From 3.00pm, 26 November 2016

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To celebrate the opening of Edmund de Waal's exhibition, During the Night, the Kunsthistorisches Museum will be opening their doors for an all night programme of tours, talks, live music and readings. Join de Waal at 2.00am in the galleries to hear some of the stories and secrets behind particular objects in the exhibition. 

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Pilkington Lecture

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

6.30pm, 10 November 2016

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Edmund de Waal has been invited to give the annual Pilkington Lecture for the Friends of Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. His talk, entitled Give it shadow enough: Art and memory, will explore the intersections between the visual arts, poetry and memory making and draw on his own practice as a maker and that of other 20th century artists. The talk will be followed by supper in the galleries. 

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Life through Art: Edmund de Waal and AS Byatt in conversation

Paradiso, Amsterdam

11.00am, 13 November 2016

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Edmund de Waal joins this year's Erasmus Prize winner, AS Byatt, to talk about her life and writing. 

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Memory Work: Art, Restitution and Storytelling

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

6.30pm, 15 November 2016

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This November Edmund de Waal has been invited to give the keynote lecture for the Israel Museum's annual International Symposium on Collecting and Provenance. He will talk about the writing of The Hare with Amber Eyes, restitution and the history of lost collections. 

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Chatsworth Festival

4.30pm, 24 September 2016

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Edmund de Waal will be talking at The Chatsworth Festival, Art Out Loud, a festival of talks by artists, curators and writers.

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Kelmscott Lecture for the William Morris Society

7.00pm, 13 September 2016

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‘I do not want art for a few’: Crafting Democracy

‘I do not want art for a few’: Crafting Democracy

At the heart of the arts and crafts movement is democracy, a crossing of boundaries between work and life. This talk will reflect on how craft is interdisciplinary and how William Morris continues to influence making, writing and talking about craft today.

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Literaturhaus, Graz

7.00pm, 19 September 2016

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Edmund de Waal will be delivering a lecture at the Literatur Haus, Graz, celebrating the launch of the German edition of The White Road.

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In Conversation with Dr. Martin Roth

Akademie der Künste, Berlin
6.00pm, 1 July 2016

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Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Dr. Martin Roth, director of the V&A, at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival
1.30pm, 8 July 2016

Edmund de Waal will be talking with Mark Fisher at the Ledbury Poetry Festival about his Desert Island Poems: the poems that have mattered to him throughout his life.

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JW3 Speakers Series

The Alan Howard Foundation 
7 June 2016

For his lecture On Homelessness Edmund de Waal talked about place and displacement in poetry and the visual arts, from the German emigre poet Paul Celan to his own work as an artist and writer.

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Award

Windham Campbell Prize

September 2015

Edmund de Waal has been awarded the prestigious Windham Campbell prize for non-fiction for his memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes.

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On White

Musical conversations between Aurora Orchestra and Edmund de Waal

To mark the launch of white at the Royal Academy and the publication of The White Road, Edmund de Waal has collaborated with Aurora Orchestra to create a programme of events across London this Autumn, exploring the colour white through music, poetry and the visual arts.

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The British Art Lecture

Tate Britain, London
2 December 2015

Edmund de Waal delivered the 2015 British Art Lecture at Tate Britain, London.

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Book

Phaidon monograph book launch

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
20 May 2014

Phaidon has now published a monograph about Edmund de Waal's work and practice. The book is the most comprehensive survey of his career to date and features texts by Emma Crichton-Miller, AS Byatt, Colm Toibin and Peter Carey. To celebrate its publication, de Waal gave a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum about how and why he started making ceramics, the influences of other makers on his work, and future projects he is working towards. 

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Documentary

Make Pots or Die

BBC Imagine documentary
5 November 2013

Following a year of filming with Alan Yentob, the Imagine documentary on Edmund de Waal's studio life and practice was broadcast on BBC One on 5th November. The film covers a remarkable year; from moving studios, travelling across Europe to research his next book, to sitting at his wheel and making thousands of vessels for his first major exhibition in the USA with Gagosian, New York. 

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Edmund de Waal on Tact

The School of Life
14 October 2012

Edmund de Waal delivered a secular sermon on the art of tact, at Conway Hall as part of The School of Life's Sunday Sermons series.

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