Verdurin /vəʁdyrɛ̃/ is a project space in East London hosted by Pierre d’Alancaisez and programmed with Benjamin Devin and friends.

Verdurin presents an idiosyncratic mix of exhibitions and events addressing urgent cultural, political, and philosophical questions through visual culture.

Verdurin is also a concept store providing the essentials an aesthete will need to survive cultural doomsday: daring literature, artefacts deserving of perdurance, and artisanal provisions.

d’Alancaisez was first inspired to marshal an audience to discuss politics, art, and ideas critically in response to the failure of institutions and the breakdown in the cultural order following the pandemic.

The name Verdurin is borrowed from Proust’s literary character Mme Verdurin who in À la recherche du temps perdu hosts a literary salon. Verdurin today carries on her spirit of conviviality and mutual edification.


  • Pierre d’Alancaisez

    Pierre d’Alancaisez

    Pierre d’Alancaisez is a curator and critic.

  • Benjamin Devin

    Benjamin Devin

    Benjamin Devin is an independent researcher in the intellectual history and art of northern Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.