Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) is one of the great protagonists of modern Italian art. Morandi has assumed cult status, especially within circles of art connoisseurs, and has been called an “artist of artists”. Transgressing generations, Morandi has fascinated artists, authors, poets, designers and photographers alike and continues to do so to this day. Filmmakers and presidents can also be added to this list – where Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita is one of the more illustrious examples, as is Barack Obama’s inclusion of two Morandi paintings in the White House art collection. Edmund de Waal (b. 1964) is a British ceramicist, artist and author. To a Swedish audience, de Waal is mostly known for his best-selling novelwhich is currently translated to no less than 29 languages. In The Hare with Amber Eyes, de Waal explores the rise of his Jewish relatives to the social upper class in the late 1800s, as well as their subsequent fall inflicted by the ravages of the Nazis. In the international art world however, de Waal is known as a ceramic artist working in the borderland between craft and the genre-crossing aesthetics of contemporary art. De Waal’s works have been exhibited at institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and Gagosian Gallery in London and Los Angeles. Last year he collaborated with contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in a project at Grazer Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria.