Edmund de Waal - 2019 Kirker Lecture - The Ghetto of Venice - 14 May
This year's Kirker Lecture coincides with the unveiling of Edmund de Waal's major work for the Ghetto in Venice during the preview week of the Venice Biennale opening on 7 May. The exhibition is called psalm and will be in two parts. The first is located in the Canton Scuola, the beautiful 16th century synagogue in the Ghetto Nuovo, which is now part of the Jewish Museum. The second part of the work will be a pavilion installed in the 15th century building of the Ateneo Veneto, historically a centre for cultural debate in Venice.
Drawing on the themes of his psalm project - the poetry of exile, the co-existence of different communities and languages and the history of translation in Venice over the course of a thousand years, Edmund de Waal will consider the rich heritage of the Ghetto as a place of exchange in many different senses.
The psalm project will include a programme of events to bring the Ghetto into the heart of the Biennale and to bring new audiences into interiors like the sukkah shown here. This was originally an outside shelter whose metal roof structure survives and would have been hung with foliage and fruit to celebrate the sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles.
Venice in Peril is contributing to a project of conservation and repair of windows in the Women’s Gallery and nearby spaces around the Canton Scuola.
Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his installations of porcelain vessels housed in minimal structures, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place. Both his written and artistic practice have broken new ground through their critical engagement with the history and potential of ceramics, as well as with architecture, music, dance and poetry. Edmund de Waal is also renowned for his family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010) which won many literary prices. He was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011. He lives and works in London.
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Doors open 6pm for a short reception (included in ticket price)
Lecture begins 7pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
For more information on psalm or the museum and synagogues of the Ghetto Novo