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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Edmund de Waal’s major new work, “Library of Exile,” currently on view at the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, will go to the British Museum in 2020. The library is part of de Waal’s two-part exhibition of new work, “psalm,” at the Jewish Museum and the Ateneo Veneto, unveiled last week during the preview of the 58th Venice Biennale. The temporary pavilion holds almost 2000 books by exiled writers, from Ovid to the present day and the external walls are painted with liquid porcelain and gold leaf, into which de Waal has inscribed the names of the lost libraries of the world. Before travelling to the British Museum, the library will also be presented at the Japanisches Palais in Dresden from November 2019 to February 2020. __________ #EdmunddeWaal #AteneoVeneto #psalmvenice #libraryofexile #BritishMuseum #Gagosian #BiennaleArte2019 #LaBiennalediVenezia #JapanischesPalais @edmunddewaal @ateneoveneto @britishmuseum @labiennale @skdmuseum Installation view, “Edmund de Waal: psalm,” Ateneo Veneto, Venice, May 8–September 29, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal
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