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library of exile in London

Edmund de Waal: Library of Exile

Thursday 12 March 2020Tuesday 08 September 2020

Installation by British artist and writer Edmund de Waal housing more than 2,000 books in translation written by exiled authors. Housed in a porcelain-covered pavilion, the library is intended as a place of contemplation and dialogue. From Ovid and Dante to Marina Tsvetaeva and Judith Kerr, the library forms a record of repression while celebrating the response of the displaced. Almost all of the books are in translation, reflecting the idea of language as a form of migration. Alongside the books hangs a quartet of Edmund de Waal's own vitrines, psalm, I-IV (2019), holding pieces of porcelain, marble and steel.

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books | ceramics | Edmund de Waal | library

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British Museum
(Room 2)
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

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