The Hare With Amber Eyes
The Hare With Amber Eyes
This exhibition tells the story of the prosperous Ephrussi family, who lost their fortune and collection to Nazi looting, examining how objects can function as storytellers, symbols of resilience, and monuments of a family legacy.
The Jewish Museum
November 19, 2021 to May 15, 2022
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Exhibition details

The Hare with Amber Eyes tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, working closely with de Waal and the Jewish Museum, has created an interpretive installation using family and loaned artifacts that trace the turbulent history of their movements through place and time.

Artwork details

The exhibition includes artworks by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Gustave Moreau, and Auguste Renoir, among others; decorative objects; and family photos and ephemera from their lives across four continents. At the exhibition’s centerpiece is the extraordinary collection of Japanese netsuke, miniature carved sculptures of the Edo Period (17th-19th centuries), hidden by a maid from German officials in her mattress during World War II, and later returned to the family after the war.


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New York, NY 10128

Image: Masatoshi (sign.), Recumbent hare with raised forepaw, c. 1880, Ivory, buffalo horn, De Waal Family Collection