Edmund de Waal: video highlights of ‘white’

Published 1 October 2015

Artist and writer Edmund de Waal gives a tour of his new project in the RA Library and Print Room.

  • For his latest project, potter Edmund de Waal has selected an unusual group of objects to be displayed in the Library and Print Room of the Royal Academy, a space hallowed with history and previously unexplored by the general public.

    In an intriguing exploration of the colour white, objects including a sculpture by Cy Twombly, a painting by Giorgio Morandi, an edition of Laurence Sterne’s 1759 novel Tristram Shandy and Kazimir Malevich’s revolutionary teapot are placed throughout the library, which remains a working space for Royal Academicians, scholars and RA staff. Here, the artist introduces his project, and discusses some key works from the exhibition.

  • Video introduction

    'white' by Edmund de Waal

    Edmund de Waal introduces his project ‘white’ in the RA Library and Print Room.

  • Video tour of key works

    The hare with the amber eyes

    Edmund de Waal discusses the tiny netsuke (Japanese carved ivory figurine) of a hare with amber eyes, which has been in his family for five generations and which inspired his bestselling book of the same name.

    Use the arrows underneath the video to navigate to the next object.

  • Video tour of key works

    Ai Weiwei's marble lantern

    Edmund de Waal discusses Ai Weiwei’s ‘Lantern’ (2014), which he has chosen to display in his project ‘white’.

  • Video tour of key works

    Darren Almond

    Edmund de Waal discusses Darren Almond’s photographic work ‘Fullmoon@Glacial Ascent’ (2014).

  • Video tour of key works

    Books

    Edmund de Waal discusses the books and printed materials he has selected as part of the installation.

  • Video tour of key works

    Malevich's teapot

    The project includes two works by Kazimir Malevich - a drawing and a piece of porcelain, his revolutionary teapot from the early 1920s.

  • Video tour of key works

    Marble bust

    Edmund de Waal discusses a marble bust with a fascinating history from the RA Collection.

  • Video tour of key works

    Meissen beaker

    Edmund de Waal discusses a Meissen beaker, an early example of European porcelain.

  • white: a project by Edmund de Waal will be in the Library and Print Room of the Royal Academy until 3 January 2016. Timed entry slots will operate. Booking is essential.

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