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 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.