British artist and author, Edmund de Waal was the first contemporary artist to create a major exhibition of new work for the Ghetto in Venice, unveiled as part of a two-part project, psalm, during the preview week of the Venice Biennale, open from May - September 2019.

“This is the project I have always dreamed of doing. It is about exile - what it means to have to move to another country, to speak another language. It brings new installations based on the Psalms, the poetry of exile, into some of the most beautiful spaces of the Ghetto, the first time some of these spaces have been used for contemporary art. And my library for the Ateneo - two thousand books within a porcelain-covered pavilion - will be the most significant sculpture of my life. It will be a new library reflecting Venice’s thousand years as a place of translation, a space to sit and read and be.” 

– Edmund de Waal