For BBC Radio 4's This Cultural Life, Edmund de Waal discussed with John Wilson the formative influences and inspirations behind his practice.
In March 2023, de Waal was invited to speak at MFA Boston as part of the Ruth and Carl Shapiro Lecture series. The talk focussed on his artistic process, storytelling and the poetry of sculpture.
In this podcast, presenter Anita Anand joins Edmund de Waal and author Livia Manera to uncover the mysterious story of an Indian princess who went from living a luxurious Parisian life as the daughter of a Maharajah, to being captured by the Nazi’s and perhaps even plotting against them.
Artists Magdalene Odundo and Edmund de Waal, both of whom appear in Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art at the Hayward Gallery, London, discuss clay’s intricacies as a medium.
In this short film, produced by the Southbank Centre to coincide with the exhibition Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art (26 October 2022 - 08 January 2023) at the Hayward Gallery, London, Edmund de Waal talks about the power of clay as a medium and the importance of arts in education. Film by Joel Stagg and Florence Creffield.
De Waal discusses his installation, atmosphere, in this short film, produced by the Southbank Centre to coincide with the exhibition Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art (26 October 2022 - 08 January 2023) at the Hayward Gallery, London. Film by Joel Stagg and Florence Creffield.
Photographer Norman McBeath and de Waal was in conversation with Alexandra Harris, Professor of English at Birmingham University and author, discussing their collaboration on Perdendosi at the London Review Bookshop.
Edmund de Waal was in conversation with Chad Coerver, executive director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco for the Jewish Learning Works Marsha Rivkind Raleigh Memorial Lecture.
Memory and archives are the main concepts of this conversation. In it, Edmund de Waal and Hans Ulrich Obrist converse, highlighting their work as artists and writers in relation to the above concepts.
In this film, created by the Musée Camondo, Paris, Edmund de Waal reads from his book Letters to Camondo.
For the James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture at the Jewish Museum, New York, Edmund de Waal was in conversation with author and journalise Sandee Brawarsky.
In an episode for Always Authors, a new podcast featuring candid conversations between two authors, Edmund de Waal joins the acclaimed writer André Aciman in conversation about their work, lives, and favourite books.
In this film, de Waal discusses his relationship with Korean ceramics and his exhibition their bright traces in Seoul.
In this film, made in conjunction with his solo exhibition at Gana Art, Seoul, Edmund de Waal discusses his making practice and the influence of Asian ceramics on his work.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Jewish Book Week, Edmund de Waal will deliver the keynote address on the final day of Jewish Book Week.
As part of London Review of Books’ That Year Again series, Ange Mlinko, Don Paterson and Edmund de Waal discuss Rilke’s ‘savage creative storm’.
A conversation with Edmund de Waal and E. Randol Schoenberg, Jewish genealogist and the well-known attorney who recovered the Klimt paintings from Austria. This event is part of the JewishGen series, run in conjunction with The Jewish Museum, New York and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
Liz Diller and Edmund de Waal discuss The Hare with Amber Eyes exhibition at New York's Jewish Museum. This talk was part of the programme of the Lockdown University, set up by collector and philanthropist Wendy Fisher.
Metalsmith Adi Toch joins Edmund de Waal in conversation at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
As part of the Charleston Literary Festival, Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria & Albert Museum and author of The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood, and Edmund de Waal explore their obsessions with ceramics and objects and how that has led to journeys into porcelain, abolitionism and the holocaust.
Edmund de Waal will give this year's Ruskin To-Day Brantwood Annual Lecture celebrating the life, work and legacy of John Ruskin. For this lecture, de Waal examines Ruskin's legacy of thinking on technology, materiality, consumption and value. De Waal will also reflect on how Ruskin has influenced his own artistic practice.
As part of Jewish Book Week, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation Washington Post Paris Correspondent James Mcauley, chaired by Anne Sebba.
In this event, de Waal unpacks his deep fascination with the objects in the Musée de Camondo and what they reveal about his own personal and cultural history – with Lennie Goodings, author of A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers and Virago.
In this episode of the Getty Art + Ideas podcast, James Cumo and de Waal discuss Moïse de Camondo’s story, its intersections with de Waal’s own history, and the emotional weight that objects can carry.
Richard Calvocoressi joins Edmund de Waal in conversation at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to discuss This Living Hand, exhibition of Henry Moore's work, curated by de Waal for the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens.
A beautiful introduction to and overview of This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore.
For the London Library Lit Fest, Tom Stoppard and Edmund de Waal came together in conversation to discuss some of the themes and concerns they share in their work, including diaspora, displacement, art and libraries and the cultural particularity of pre-War Vienna.
Edmund de Waal and Theaster Gates, in their respective studios in London and Chicago, discuss their most recent exhibitions, their forebears in the world of ceramics, and the key role that history plays in their practices. Video: Pushpin Films; footage: Nick Foxall, Emile Kelly, and Chris Strong.
This film looks at the making of some winter pots, the Gagosian's Davies Street gallery of vessels made by Edmund de Waal during the first UK lockdown.
Richard Ovenden, director of the Bodleian Libraries, explores the historic destruction of libraries and archives with Edmund de Waal.
On Contemplating Life Through Pottery and Poetry: Edmund de Waal discusses the psychological value of human touch, the intimate relationship between pottery and poetry, and the importance of kindness as a societal response to the pandemic.
This film explores the exhibition cold mountain clay, at Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong. Video by Pushpin Films; footage: Emile Kelly and Nick Foxall.
Edmund de Waal joins Iwona Blazwick to discuss the exhibition Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach, shown at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2020.
The influence of John Ruskin is far reaching and for each artist, writer, educator and thinker who encounters his work, he means something different. Join Edmund de Waal and Ruskin expert, Professor Tim Barringer, for an intimate conversation about their relationship with Ruskin's ideas and who they understand him to be in an age of change.
An exploration of Edmund de Waal's exhibition at the New Art Centre, Wiltshire. Film by Giza Films.
This timely and urgent discussion explored how literature can represent the experience of migration and exile.
In episode four of The Modern House Podcast, co-founder Matt Gibberd speaks to Edmund de Waal about his work, life and home, as well as his top three living spaces around the world.
A part of the library of exile is a collection of 18 plates that Edmund de Waal bought at auction, from the collection of the Jewish von Klemperer family, who fled Dresden in 1938 and whose collection was confiscated and handed over to the porcelain collection. During the bombing in 1945, they were badly damaged. De Waal asked Japanese artist Maiko Tsutsumi to visibly reassemble her using the traditional Kintsugi technique with gold lacquer. In this conversation, the two artists talk about cooperation, traditional technology and the importance of the place.
This video explores Edmund de Waal's installation library of exile at the SKD, Dresden.
In this interview, Edmund de Waal discusses his installation library of exile, in the second location of its tour at the SKD, Dresden.
In this video, Sally Mann joins Edmund de Waal onstage at the Frick Collection in New York to converse about art, writing, and the importance of place in their respective bodies of work. The conversation was presented in association with the exhibition Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection.
Part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Adam Gopnik joins Edmund de Waal to discuss how are stories told – and what power and inspirations lie in ancient art forms reinvented.
In this lecture, in conjunction with his current exhibition at The Frick Collection, New York, Edmund de Waal explores his long relationship with the Frick and his response to particular places, objects, and paintings within its galleries. He also reflects on the meanings of collecting within his own life and artistic practice.
Looking at the inspiration and technical process leading up to Edmund de Waal's exhibition of sculptures installed throughout The Frick Collection, New York. Site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass are displayed in the museum's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.
At the heart of the exhibition at Ivorypress, Madrid, is an artist’s book: a project that has spanned many years, looking hard into what books are, how they feel and their presence in the world. It is an homage to Romanian-born poet Paul Celan, a book about slowing down.
breath is an exhibition in three parts across Ivorypress’s three different spaces: the publishing house, the exhibition space, and the bookshop. In this film, de Waal discusses the works created for this exhibition.
The annual Gomes Lecture, at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, delivered in February 2019 by Edmund de Waal, was entitled In Touch: Objects, Families, Stories. Previous lecturers include Neil McGregor, Sandy Nairne, and Professor Alison Richard.
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.
This short video taken at the Schindler House, Los Angeles, documents Edmund de Waal’s architectural intervention – one way or other –
Wayne McGregor rehearses Yugen with The Royal Ballet. This new production, designed by Edmund de Waal, celebrates the centenary of iconic composer Leonard Bernstein's birth.
The inaugural Roth Lecture at the Albertinum in Dresden was given by Edmund de Waal. De Waal's talk, I walk the line: Art on the border, was delivered in January.
At Artipelag, Stockholm, Edmund de Waal discusses his work, his relationship with the work of Giorgio Morandi, and the installation of the exhibition of both artists' work there in 2017.
Alongside the exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Edmund de Waal talks about the themes of anxiety and fear behind the objects chosen for the exhibition.
For Frieze Art Fair 2016, Gagosian Gallery presented a solo exhibition of Edmund de Waal's work. Here, he discusses the body of new works made for the fair.
This ceramics exhibition at the Kunsthaus, Graz, featured Ai Weiwei and Edmund de Waal as curatorial and artistic partners. For Kneaded Knowledge they joined the museum's curator, Peter Pakesch, to engage in a dialogue on the handling of ceramics across times and cultures. Here, de Waal discusses the project.
For his talk entitled 'On Homelessness', Edmund de Waal talks about place and displacement in poetry and the visual arts, from the German poet Paul Celan, to his own work as an artist and writer.
The Artist Project is a 2015–2016 online series in which artists are invited to respond to objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collections. For this edition, Edmund de Waal examines a Ming Dynasty porcelain ewer in the shape of a Tibetan monk's cap.
In a special event hosted at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Edmund de Waal talks about his book, The White Road.
At the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Edmund de Waal talks about the research and writing of his book The White Road.
Co-presented by Inprint and the Menil Collection, Houston, Edmund de Waal discusses his book The White Road.
At the Art Institute of Chicago, Edmund de Waal discussed the process of writing his book The White Road.
Part one of this event at the New York Public Library, Edmund de Waal talks to Paul Holdengraber about his book The White Road.
The second part of of this event at the New York Public Library, Edmund de Waal talks to Paul Holdengraber about his book The White Road.
A unique view inside the studio of Edmund de Waal where he talks to Will Rycroft about his lifelong obsession with porcelain clay and why shards have become an integral part of his work.
To coincide with his unique project in the Library and Print Rooms of the Royal Academy, Edmund de Waal talks about the interweaving of books, sculpture, paintings and photographs and the impact that white objects have on their surroundings.
Ahead of its launch by Chatto & Windus, Publishing Director Clara Farmer talks about being the first person to read The White Road.
Part One of this talk featuring Edmund de Waal and Paulus Rainer, deputy head of the Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, about the plans for his curated exhibition of 'anxious objects'.
Part Two of this talk, part of the Frieze Talks series, un which Edmund de Waal and Paulus Rainer, discuss de Waal's exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
The third section, of this talk between Edmund de Waal and Paulus Rainer, at Frieze Art Fair, 2014.
The final section of Edmund de Waal's discussion with Paulus Rainer.
To celebrate the launch of the Phaidon monograph, Edmund de Waal speaks to Senior Curator at the V&A, Alun Graves, about his life and works.
The first part of a documentary film following Edmund de Waal in his studio preparing for his 2012 exhibition, a thousand hours, at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London.
The second part of the BBC4 documentary film following Edmund de Waal in his studio preparing for his 2012 exhibition, a thousand hours, at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London.
a local history, is a permanent installation made by Edmund de Waal for the Alison Richard Building at the University of Cambridge. Here, de Waal discusses this work.
A talk by Edmund de Waal about his first public art commission, a local history, installed at the Alison Richard Building for the University of Cambridge.
In this illustrated lecture at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Edmund de Waal talks about the connection between making, writing and archives.
In this Sunday Sermon, Edmund de Waal takes the audience on a journey along the fine line that separates the tactful from the tactless.
An excerpt from the audiobook of The Hare with Amber Eyes.
Edmund de Waal discusses the research and writing of his bestselling book, The Hare with Amber Eyes.
Nancy Pearl talks with Edmund de Waal about The Hare with Amber Eyes for Seattle Channel's Book Lust show.
At the New York Public Libary, Edmund de Waal reads from The Hare with Amber Eyes and discusses the book with Paul Holdengräber.
In this special talk at Dublin Castle, Edmund de Waal reveals the stories behind his book The Hare with Amber Eyes. This talk was supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland.
At the Institut Français, London, Edmund de Waal discusses Proust with Boyd Tonkin, literary editor of the Independent.
At Dublin Castle, Ireland, Edmund de Waal reads from The Hare with Amber Eyes.
Looking at the netsuke that inspired The Hare with Amber Eyes.
A reading by Edmund de Waal of his book The Hare with Amber Eyes.
As part of the 5x15 events series at The Tabernacle, London, Edmund de Waal explains his collection of 264 netsuke, describing how these tiny 17th century ivory objects are both loseable and forgettable, he goes on to tell of their biographical significance.
In this series, Conversations on Making, Edmund de Waal and AS Byatt have a conversation about their own creative processes.
Edmund de Waal discusses this major permanent installation at Victoria & Albert Museum, London.