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Edmund de Waal, Lettres à Camondo

Musée Nissim de Camondo


British artist and author Edmund de Waal will present a major new exhibition this autumn at the spectacular Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, one of the city’s best kept secrets, inspired by his acclaimed book Letters to Camondo (April 2021, Chatto & Windus). The exhibition, which runs from 7 October 2021 through 15 May 2022, marks Edmund de Waal’s first solo exhibition in France and the first time a contemporary artist has been invited to create an exhibition for the museum.


In Letters to Camondo, Edmund de Waal traces the story of the Jewish Camondo family, who made their home in Paris in the 1870s and became fixtures of Belle Époque high society, as well as targets of antisemitism, much like de Waal’s relations, the Ephrussi family to whom they were connected.


Edmund de Waal has been given unique access to the historic surrounds of the Musée Nissim de Camondo, creating an exhibition of new sculptures reflecting on the Camondo family, their story, and their memory. The works will be installed throughout the museum’s exquisite rooms and courtyard, in close dialogue with its collection of 18th century art, furniture and objects assembled by Moïse de Camondo.

Edmund de Waal, petrichor, installation view, Musée Nissim de Camondo, 2021

© MAD, Paris / Christophe Dellière. Courtesy of the artist and of Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris


from 7 October 2021 to 15 May 2022




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