Edmund de Waal (5)

Breakfast with Edmund.   He told the story which I hadn’t heard before as to how his exhibition at the RA came about:  that as he was undertaking the journeys which led to the writing of his book White, he kept a checklist of objects that he would like to include in an imaginary exhibition.   And that he then looked for an appropriate space to show the exhibition, liking the idea of somewhere which was silent and secret, a space for contemplation.   But, paradoxically, the exhibition has inspired in its visitors not so much silent contemplation as conversation and discussion:-

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