September 16, 2010

Getty Museum Presents Author and Ceramicist Edmund de Waal

Lecture explores Jewish dynasty and its collection in a story of loss, diaspora, and the survival of objects

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jacket art for Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss
(Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010)

LOS ANGELES—Join British ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday, October 5, as he explores the ascent and decline of a Jewish dynasty and the survival of objects, in connection with the publication of his new book, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance.

His book tells the story of his family, the Ephrussis, Jewish grain tycoons from Odessa, who were at the heart of European culture in Paris and Vienna, and lost nearly everything when the Nazis seized their Viennese home. Remarkably, the family’s maid, remembered only by her first name Anna, pocketed hundreds of tiny Japanese carvings, known as netsuke, and returned them to the family after the war.

Using examples from his family art collections—some pieces of which are now at the Getty—as well as the story of the netsuke that he inherited, de Waal examines how we can understand collecting as a family story.

A Hidden Inheritance: Objects, Memories, and Collections is presented at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, on Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is free, but reservations are recommended. Call (310) 440-7300, or visit


A Tale of Two Margarets: Women and Their Manuscripts around 1500
Dagmar Eichberger, professor of European art history at the University of Heidelberg, investigates how illustrated manuscripts enriched the lives of female patrons around 1500. Focusing on Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria, Eichberger explores how these two powerful women indulged their love of collecting with lavish and magnificent illuminated books. Complements the exhibition Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands.

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Image at top: Jacket art for Edmund de Waal, "The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss" (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010).

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7607

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