Edmund de Waal At Waddesdon Manor

22 June 2022

Artist, Edmund de Waal returns to Waddesdon Manor this summer. His new exhibition: we live here, forever taking leave, runs until 30 October 2022.

Centered around two pieces – psalm, IV and sukkah – which are being presented  to the National Library of Israel upon its opening next year. The two central works in the exhibition were created for exhibition, psalm, shown at the 2019 Venice Biennale. psalm, IV (2019) is one of four vitrines originally installed within de Waal’s library of exile – a porcelain covered pavilion structure holding over 2000 books by writers in exile and a quartet of vitrines.


Also included is sukkah (2019), a piece originally created for the Canton Scuola synagogue in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice. Sukkot, known as Tabernacles, is the festival that commemorates the forty years during which the Jewish people were wandering in the desert. The work is comprised of nine towers which appear to float above the table, each containing tall white porcelain vessels and leaning pieces of gilded steel that catch the light. de Waal’s porcelain library of exile is presented in the Waddesdon show by an oak title panel made in 2021 when library of exile was on display at the British Museum.


New work from 2022 includes we live here, forever taking leave, I, door into the dark, the night-office, just (for RNR) and Muzot. This is a new body of work made in response to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies.

2. sukkah, 2019 (detail). Porcelain, steel, gold, aluminium and plexiglass © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Mike Bruce


de Waal has a long-standing relationship with Waddesdon; during 2012 he created a new series of pieces inspired by the collections and interiors of the house, that were displayed throughout the ground floor rooms. Waddesdon Manor was built from 1874 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschid in the style of a French early 16th century chateau. In 1957, Waddesdon was bequeathed to the National Trust. The Rotchschild family continue to run the property through a family charitable trust under the leadership of Lord Rothschild.

Edmund de Waal: we live here, forever taking leave runs from 15 June to 30 October 2022.

For further information, please visit www.waddesdonmanor.org.uk