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Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon

20 Apr - 28 Oct 2012

Contact: Kim Hallett
Phone : 01296 653240
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Website : www.waddesdon.org.uk
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From late April 2012 Waddesdon is delighted to be collaborating with ceramic artist and author Edmund de Waal on an exhibition of porcelain inspired by the Manor and its collections, and its Rothschild heritage. In 10 installations specially made for specific spaces through the house, de Waal will create a series of contemporary responses both to the opulent materials, object and interiors, and to the family passion for collecting which brought them about, a passion mirrored in his own European ancestry.
“Waddesdon is a fabulous faux-French château in the middle of Buckinghamshire, full of Sèvres porcelain and gilt furniture and extraordinary art. It is a wonderfully nuanced bit of Rothschild assimilation into Victorian English society, a sort of dressing-up game on the grandest scale possible.
.... so I am making a series of vitrines of porcelain to put alongside all these other vitrines. It is my take on family and display.I intend it to be really beautiful and for it to be a way of thinking through, in visual terms, some of the ideas on belonging that drift through my book The Hare with Amber Eyes.” Edmund de Waal.
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