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the poems of our climate

Gagosian, San Francisco

20 September–8 December 2018

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De Waal's first exhibition in San Francisco opened at Gagosian this September. The new body of work brings together porcelain vessels with fragments of text by poets including Emily Dickinson, John Cage, Rilke and Wallace Stevens, whose work lends the exhibition its title. De Waal has referenced poetry in his work for over 20 years but, as he describes it, "here I’m trying to come closer to what it feels like to remember a poem, to carry it with you through the decades, a phrase or image coming into your life and making the world feel denser with possibility."

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–one way or other–

The Schindler House, Los Angeles
15 September 2018–6 January 2019

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This autumn, de Waal’s first architectural intervention in America is on view at the Schindler House: a landmark of West Coast Modernism, built in 1922 in West Hollywood by Viennese émigré architect, Rudolph Schindler. Conceived as a modular, changeable live-work building for two families, it became a site of forward-thinking aesthetic, cultural and political activity, frequented by architects, dancers and artists from Frank Lloyd Wright to John Cage.

This autumn, de Waal’s first architectural intervention in America is on view at the Schindler House: a landmark of West Coast Modernism, built in 1922 in West Hollywood by Viennese émigré architect, Rudolph Schindler. Conceived as a modular, changeable live-work building for two families, it became a site of forward-thinking aesthetic, cultural and political activity, frequented by architects, dancers and artists from Frank Lloyd Wright to John Cage.


For de Waal, the Schindler House 'is an idea about beginnings. It stands as an attempt to create a place for both cooperative living and cooperative practice, to reset the conditions in which a modern family could live and experiment...The last decades of travelling to Vienna have made me think of what it might mean to be an émigré and build a house, to question what you bring with you when you start again so definitively.’ The exhibition will include recent works which respond directly to the materials and spaces of the house, and a sound piece conceived with the composer, Simon Fisher Turner, 'a layered memory soundscape of Vienna through its Raumplan, its volumes’.

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The Precious Clay

The Museum of Royal Worcester

20 September 2018–March 2019

Edmund De Waal In Time Ii At The Museum Of Royal Worcester

The Museum of Royal Worcester's inaugural exhibition following their refurbishment will examine how contemporary artists look towards porcelain and why some choose to use it in their practice. The exhibition will include work by contemporary artists including Ai Wei Wei, Mona Hatoum, Rachel Kneebone, Christine Borland, Lubaina Himid, Matteo Nasini.

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Netsuke collection

Jewish Museum, Vienna
Permanent loan

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The collection of netsuke, which were at the heart of de Waal's memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been placed on permanent loan to the Jewish Museum in Vienna. Speaking about the loan, de Waal stated 'The decision to place the netsuke on loan allows them to tell the story of migration, identity and exile to a new audience.

The collection of netsuke, which were at the heart of de Waal's memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been placed on permanent loan to the Jewish Museum in Vienna. Speaking about the loan, de Waal stated 'The decision to place the netsuke on loan allows them to tell the story of migration, identity and exile to a new audience.


In The Hare with Amber Eyes, I wrote of how objects can evoke histories through touch, and a stipulation of the loan is that a group will be available for handling by the many visitors to the Jewish Museum.” An exhibition based on the family collection, which will also tour internationally, is due to open late next year. Click the link below to read more in the Art Newspaper's article about this loan.


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President Alexander van der Bellen

Vienna, Austria

Edmund De Waal Meets The President Of Austria

During his recent trip to Vienna for the presentation of his family netsuke collection to the Jewish Museum, de Waal met with President Alexander van der Bellen and discussed 'migration and citizenship and Brexit and Karl Kraus and why irony matters'. See more posts from this trip on Edmund de Waal's Instagram feed.

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metamorphosen, I

British Ambassador's Residence, Vienna

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metamorphosen, I (2017) has been loaned via the Government Art Collection to the British Ambassador's Residence in Vienna, Austria, where it is now on display.

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Samla, sortera, ta hand om

RIAN Designmusem, Falkenberg, Sweden

15 September–25 November 2018

Edmund De Waal Rian Design Museum Sweden

The RIAN Designmuseum in Falkenberg, Sweden, has selected three works from Edmund de Waal's archive: – and gone –, 2015; minerva, 2016 (pictured); and landscape with a calm, 2011; for their forthcoming exhibition Samla, sortera, ta hand om. The exhibition explores the ideas of collecting, of private and public, and of the future of the museum's activities.

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German Lost Art Foundation

Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin

27 November 2018

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To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion is con­ven­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence of spe­cial­ists: 20 Years Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples: Roadmap for the Fu­ture, at the Haus der Kul­turen der Welt in Berlin.

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion is con­ven­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence of spe­cial­ists: 20 Years Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples: Roadmap for the Fu­ture, at the Haus der Kul­turen der Welt in Berlin.


As part of the programme, Edmund de Waal will be delivering a lecture entitled On the Eve of Departure: Objects, Families, Stories. Click below for ticket registration information.

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white island, II (for W.B.)

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Ibiza

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white island, II (for W.B.), (2018), has been gifted to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Ibiza, following de Waal's exhibition there earlier this year.

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The Frick Collection

New York
30 May – 10 November 2019

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In spring 2019, The Frick Collection will present new work by Edmund de Waal, its first ever exhibition of a contemporary artist in the permanent galleries. For this unique opportunity, de Waal has created a series of site-specific installations made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass in response to particular rooms and objects in the collection.

In spring 2019, The Frick Collection will present new work by Edmund de Waal, its first ever exhibition of a contemporary artist in the permanent galleries. For this unique opportunity, de Waal has created a series of site-specific installations made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass in response to particular rooms and objects in the collection.


These works will be displayed in the museum's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

With the exhibition's curator, Charlotte Vignon, de Waal co-authored a volume of the upcoming the Frick Diptych series, which focuses on a pair of porcelain candelabras with gilt-bronze mounts by Pierre Gouthière, the great French eighteenth-century chaser-gilder.

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In conversation with Phillippe Sands

Well Walk Pottery, Hampstead

12 November 2018

Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with author of the critically-acclaimed book East West Street, Phillipe Sands at the Well Walk Pottery in Hampstead, north London.

white island

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Ibiza

8 June–16 September 2018

This summer, MACE is holding de Waal's first exhibition in Spain. 'This is the white island', says de Waal: 'the white of the salt flats, the foam breaking in the breeze. The white of the rock. The white haze.' A place of transition and exchange, the artist has worked closely with the museum to create a special exhibition of recent white works - 'sculptures made for strong light' - alongside new installations, combining Paros marble, alabaster and Ibizan salt with his porcelain for the first time.

Early work: vessels from the Rosenheimer Collection

New Art Centre, Wiltshire

9 June–12 August 2018

The Rosenheimer Collection of de Waal’s early vessels is on display at the New Art Centre, Wiltshire, from 9th June. The exhibition focuses on de Waal's early work and celebrates his twenty-five year relationship with friend and collector, Joram Rosenheimer.

Cheltenham Literary Festival

Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

3.00pm, 11 October 2018

Tracing its journey from 18th century China to Europe, de Waal shares the rich and fascinating history of porcelain and explores his own decades-long relationship with the decorative arts at Cheltenham Literary Festival. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Hay Literary Festival

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture
4.00pm, Wednesday 30 May 2018

This year's chair of the Wellcome Book Prize judging panel, de Waal gave their annual lecture at the Hay Literary Festival, speaking about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms. Titled Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life, de Waal discussed the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, and the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel. He also spoke about his own works and collaborations exploring themes and ideas of memorial.  

Yugen, a new ballet by Wayne McGregor

Royal Opera House, London
15 March–9 April 2018

For the Royal Ballet's 2017/18 Season, de Waal designed the set for a new piece by their resident choreographer, Wayne McGregor. Set to Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms (1965), Yugen was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Bernstein's birth. For these 'heart breaking songs of exile', the artist created 'places of refuge and pause', and costumes in a spectrum of reds with designer, Shirin Guild. Click below to read de Waal's text on the collaboration for The Daily Telegraph and here to watch a video of McGregor rehearsing with The Royal Ballet dancers.

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Vale

British Art Medal Society

Commission

Vale is the first medal made by the artist, commissioned especially by the British Art Medal Society. Discussing this 'wonderfully provocative' invitation, de Waal describes how he 'kept coming back to the image of the obol, the silver coin given to Charon as payment for that great transition at death across the river Styx... So I created a silver coin.

Vale is the first medal made by the artist, commissioned especially by the British Art Medal Society. Discussing this 'wonderfully provocative' invitation, de Waal describes how he 'kept coming back to the image of the obol, the silver coin given to Charon as payment for that great transition at death across the river Styx... So I created a silver coin.


On the one side is an image taken from an early Greek lekythos of the prow of Charon’s boat with the single word vale, farewell. On the reverse are the words, “this is Charon’s obol. A kind of viaticum – what fierce brightness.” I made the model in porcelain and have worked the clay to give a feeling of something worn away and abraded.'



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Wellcome Book Prize

Winner announced

Irish author Mark O’Connell been awarded the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize for his extraordinary debut To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers and the futurists solving the modest problem of death. The prize judging panel of five people was this year chaired by Edmund de Waal, and includes neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow, journalists Bryony Gordon and Sumit Paul-Choudhury, and writer Sophie Ratcliffe. De Waal described the book as "a passionate, entertaining and cogent examination of those who would choose to live forever".

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

20 March–17 June 2018

This large-scale vitrine work, a place made fast (2014), is on loan to Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery - an exhibition first staged at the Yale Center for British Art and soon to open at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in March. The exhibition tells the story of studio pottery in Britain from the early twentieth century to the present, focusing on the evolution of the vessel form.

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Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

10 February–6 May 2018

A recent pair of black works has been selected for Actions. The image of the world can be different, the inaugural exhibition at the newly-refurbished Kettle's Yard. The exhibition seeks to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world. Below is a link de Waal's Telegraph article on his correspondence with Jim Ede and why you must visit the new Kettle's Yard, one of his favourite places in the world. Click the link below, to read de Waal's piece in The Daily Telegraph about the show.

Three new publications

Things of Beauty Growing, Vitamin C: Clay + Ceramic, The Artist Project 

Three new beautiful titles featuring de Waal's work have recently been published. Things of Beauty Growing is the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name which opened at the Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut last year, and which is soon to come to the UK at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. 

Three new beautiful titles featuring de Waal's work have recently been published. Things of Beauty Growing is the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name which opened at the Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut last year, and which is soon to come to the UK at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. 


Vitamin C: Clay + Ceramic is a survey of ceramic artists which includes work from de Waal's exhibition Irrkunst at Galerie Max Heltzer last year, and The Artist Project accompanies the Metropolitan Museum's award-winning series of thought-provoking interviews and in which de Waal highlights a Tibetan Monk's Cap ewer, from the Met's collection.

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Ephrussi family archive

Jewish Museum, Vienna
Donation

The Archive of the Eprhussi family, as explored by the author in The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been donated to the Jewish Museum in Vienna. In his own words, "On 31st January, we formally handed over our family archive to the Jewish Museum in Vienna. 

The Archive of the Eprhussi family, as explored by the author in The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been donated to the Jewish Museum in Vienna. In his own words, "On 31st January, we formally handed over our family archive to the Jewish Museum in Vienna. 


The Ephrussi Archive contains hundreds of photographs, notebooks, diaries and letters relating to the family’s life in Vienna, Paris, Odessa and Tokyo. It also includes manuscripts of Elisabeth de Waal’s novels and a Secessionist album of watercolours of characters in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna. In the autumn, the netsuke collection will be joining the museum on long-term loan also. We are so grateful for the warmth of the reception given to my father, Victor, by the Director and curators of the Museum." Image © wulz.cc

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Martin Roth Lecture

Albertinum, Dresden
16 January 2018

In honour of the late Martin Roth, de Waal was invited to give the inaugural lecture set up in his friend's memory. De Waal's talk, I walk the line: Art on the border, was delivered in January at the Albertinum in Dresden. Click below to listen to a recording of the lecture.

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EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library

New film by Frederick Wiseman

Edmund de Waal is thrilled to be a part of Frederick Wiseman's extraordinary new film about the New York Public Library.

Benjamin and Brecht. Thinking in Extremes

Academy of Arts, Berlin

26 October 2017–28 January 2018

Last autumn, the Academy of Arts in Berlin presented an exhibition examining the relationship between the critic Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) and the writer Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956). The exhibition included a number of contemporary artworks, including de Waal's casualty list from 2017 (see above).

Frick Diptychs

The Frick Collection

New publication

Edmund de Waal, James Ivory and Hilary Mantel are among the first participants in Frick Diptychs, a new series of small books to be published by the museum that pair masterworks from the Frick Collection with critical and literary essays. De Waal's essay will be on the subject of a pair of porcelain and bronze candlesticks by the 18th-century French metalworker Pierre Gouthière.

Morandi / Edmund de Waal

Artipelag, Stockholm

7 April–1 October 2017

A major exhibition of work by Edmund de Waal and Giorgio Morandi was on display this summer at Artipelag in Stockholm. Exploring the visual and literary dialogue between the two artists, the exhibition featured over fifty paintings by Morandi, some of which had never before left Bologna, and over thirty works by de Waal. The exhibition included some of de Waal’s largest sculptures to date alongside a new body of work made especially for the light-filled galleries of Artipelag and in dialogue with Morandi’s paintings.

A major exhibition of work by Edmund de Waal and Giorgio Morandi was on display this summer at Artipelag in Stockholm. Exploring the visual and literary dialogue between the two artists, the exhibition featured over fifty paintings by Morandi, some of which had never before left Bologna, and over thirty works by de Waal. The exhibition included some of de Waal’s largest sculptures to date alongside a new body of work made especially for the light-filled galleries of Artipelag and in dialogue with Morandi’s paintings.

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Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

14 September–3 December 2017

This large-scale vitrine work, a place made fast (2014), is now on view at the Yale Centre for British Art as part of Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery until 3rd Dec. The exhibition tells the story of studio pottery in Britain, from the early twentieth century to the present, by focusing on the evolution of the vessel form. The show will travel to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for March 2018.

Kneaded Knowledge - The Language of Ceramics

Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
24 September 2016–29 February 2017

Edmund de Waal joins forces with Ai Weiwei in a collaborative group show examining the history of ceramics, juxtaposing their own works with ancient Chinese pottery and modernist works by the likes of Picasso, Mirò and Fontana. Alongside works from de Waal's archive, the exhibition includes de Waal's large-scale installation, Irrkunst, shown earlier this year in Berlin.

Art and Exile

Leo Baeck Institute, Queen Mary University

23 March 2017, 6.30pm

In his first talk for the Leo Baeck Institute, entitled 'On the eve of departure: Art and Exile', Edmund de Waal will talk about the telling of family stories through words and sculpture, touching on his writing of The Hare with Amber Eyes and works by Paul Celan and Walter Benjamin. 

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Artificial Realities

Courtauld Institute of Art, London
January 2016 - March 2017

As part of the 12th East Wing Biennial exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Edmund de Waal has loaned a small pair of vitrines called in Berggasse to sit above a pair of doors in the main entrance to the building. The exhibition also features work by Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Jim Lambie and Tracey Emin.

Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal

Jewish Museum, London

10 November 2016–26 February 2017

The Jewish Museum in London are showing two works of Edmund de Waal's in their exhibition on Jewish ceramicists. Both early pieces from the Crafts Council's permanent collection, the works will be shown alongside vessels by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Grete Marks. De Waal has also contributed an essay to their exhibition catalogue, which will be published later this year.

Cy Twombly and White

Centre Pompidou, Paris

30 November 2016–24 April 2017

Edmund de Waal has written an exhibition catalogue essay for a major retrospective on Cy Twombly, being held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. De Waal writes, 'This finding a whiteness runs through Twombly's life as an artist, a photographer, a maker of sculpture, a reader of poetry...' The catalogue will be available to purchase both at the museum and online. 

Kneaded Knowledge: The Language of Ceramics

National Gallery of Prague
17 March–27 August 2017

Edmund de Waal and Ai Weiwei's collaborative exhibition examining the history of ceramics which first opened in September 2016 at the Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, has now travelled to Prague. The exhibition juxtaposes their own works with significant examples from Chinese pots to the modernist works of Picasso, Mirò and Fontana.

Letters from Tomis

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont

Letters from Tomis, I, an installation from 2015, has been gifted to the collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art in Vermont where it is now on view.

archiv

The Jewish Museum, Berlin
Permanent loan

Edmund de Waal’s work, archiv (2016), is now on permanent loan to the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The work was previously exhibited as part of Irrkunst at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, earlier this year.

Lettres de Londres

Espace Muraille, Geneva

20 January–15 April 2017

Lettres de Londres was Edmund de Waal's first exhibition in Geneva and featured over 25 works made between 2013 and 2016. The works directly respond to the writings of the French philosopher Voltaire, who lived and worked in the city towards the end of his life. His 1734 collection of essays - Letters to London - was the inspiration behind this exhibition.

Orchestra of Letters

The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings
2 June–2 October 2017

As part of the Aldeburgh Festival, Edmund de Waal's piece shadow stones was included in the exhibition Orchestra of Letters at the Lettering Arts Centre.

Bright Earth, Fired Earth: Travels with Porcelain

Yorkshire Museum
5.00pm, 8 May 2017

For this annual lecture for the Centre of Ceramic Art as part of York University and York Art Gallery, Edmund de Waal will explore a history of obsession with porcelain and will discuss his recent projects in Vienna, Stockholm and Los Angeles.

For this annual lecture for the Centre of Ceramic Art as part of York University and York Art Gallery, Edmund de Waal will explore a history of obsession with porcelain and will discuss his recent projects in Vienna, Stockholm and Los Angeles.



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a new ground, II

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Acquisition

The Art Gallery of Western Australia has acquired a new ground, II (2015) for their permanent collection. The work was first shown in 2016 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverley Hills and is the first of de Waal's to be on public display in the country.

fetched home

University of Sheffield

Edmund de Waal has gifted a new work called fetched home (2016) to the University of Sheffield, which has gone on display at the Western Bank Library. The piece was unveiled alongside a talk by de Waal on 'Homelessness, Exile and Art', in which he discussed the influence of Paul Celan's poetry on his work, the process of making as a way of finding a home for his vessels, and how writing and art can overcome the sense of not belonging in the world.

a short history of the China trade

The Government Art Collection
Acquisition

The Government Art Collection have acquired Edmund de Waal's work, a short history of the China trade (2016), for the British Ambassador’s Residence in Beijing.

During the Night

Kunshistoriches Museum, Vienna

10 October 2016–29 January 2017

This winter Edmund de Waal's curated exhibition, During the Night, will open at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The show is the culmination of three years spent choosing particular historical objects, paintings and treasures from the museum's collections, from 16th-century corals, dragon-shaped vessels and Roman fibulae to works by Joachim Patinir, Cranach and Roelant Savery. Inspired by an encounter with a drawing of a nightmare by Albrecht Dürer, the exhibition will explore themes of anxiety, the fear of the unknown and what terrors can be found after dark. During the Night is the second exhibition in a series of personally curated projects at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, initiated by Ed Ruscha's, The Ancients Stole all Our Great Ideas, in 2012.

Rhythm in White

Gardiner Museum, Toronto

9 September 2016–4 January 2017

A series of early works by Edmund de Waal are currently on view at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. The works are taken from two Canadian private collections and include cargo, vessels made by de Waal in 1990s and inspired by the history of cargos bringing porcelain from China and Japan to Europe, and twin, two lidded jars commissioned by one of the collectors to celebrate the birth of twins in the family.

Modern Japanese Design

Manchester Art Gallery
4 December 2015 - 31 January 2017

Edmund de Waal's work the fascination of what's difficult is currently on view at Manchester Art Gallery, as part of their exhibition Modern Japanese Design. De Waal's installation, first displayed in 2012 at Waddesdon Manor, is shown alongside pieces from the museum's collections of fashion, furniture, lighting, glass, metalwork and ceramics, in an exploration of how materials and techniques have influenced Japanese design.

During the Night

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

10 October 2016–29 January 2017

Edmund de Waal introduces During the Night, discussing some of the objects and paintings in the show as well as the inspiration behind the exhibition.

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Book of the Decade Award

October 2016

The Hare with Amber Eyes has been named as the book of the decade by independent booksellers and their readers. The 'Best of the Best' campaign was launched earlier this year to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week. Other authors on the shortlist included Hilary Mantel, Anne Enright, Kate Atkinson and Jeanette Winterson. On receiving the award, Edmund de Waal said 'To be amongst this gathering of writers is a huge honour and to win this prize is overwhelming.' 

Metamorphosen: Edmund de Waal and Aurora Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall, London

4.00pm, 4 February 2017

Following on from a major collaboration in 2015, Edmund de Waal joins forces with Aurora Orchestra again, this time to explore the backdrop to Richard Strauss' work Metamorphosen. De Waal will take the audience on a tour around the ruins of German cities at the end of World War II before a live performance with guest conductor Andrew Marwood. 

During the Night: Open all night

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 

From 3.00pm, 26 November 2016

To celebrate the opening of Edmund de Waal's exhibition, During the Night, the Kunsthistorisches Museum will be opening their doors for an all night programme of tours, talks, live music and readings. Join de Waal at 2.00am in the galleries to hear some of the stories and secrets behind particular objects in the exhibition. 

Frieze Art Fair

Regent's Park, London

October 2016

Edmund de Waal discusses the body of work he made for Gagosian Gallery's stand at Frieze Art Fair, where his porcelain was shown alongside new materials including graphite, silver and alabaster.

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Mise Éire: Shaping a Nation through Design

National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

12.30pm, 4 November 2016

Edmund de Waal will be travelling to Ireland this Autumn to give a talk about the Fonthill Vase, a 14th century vessel and one of the earliest pieces of porcelain to arrive in Europe from China, which has been in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Ireland in the 1950s. The talk comes out of de Waal's research for his book, The White Road, in which he describes first visiting the museum on a pilgrimage to see the vase.

Pilkington Lecture

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

6.30pm, 10 November 2016

Edmund de Waal has been invited to give the annual Pilkington Lecture for the Friends of Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. His talk, entitled Give it shadow enough: Art and memory, will explore the intersections between the visual arts, poetry and memory making and draw on his own practice as a maker and that of other 20th century artists. The talk will be followed by supper in the galleries. 

Life through Art: Edmund de Waal and AS Byatt in conversation

Paradiso, Amsterdam

11.00am, 13 November 2016

Edmund de Waal joins this year's Erasmus Prize winner, AS Byatt, to talk about her life and writing. 

Memory Work: Art, Restitution and Storytelling

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

6.30pm, 15 November 2016

This November Edmund de Waal has been invited to give the keynote lecture for the Israel Museum's annual International Symposium on Collecting and Provenance. He will talk about the writing of The Hare with Amber Eyes, restitution and the history of lost collections. 

Edmund de Waal honoured at Autumn Dinner

The Frick Collection, New York

17 November 2016

Edmund de Waal will be in New York in November to be honoured at The Frick Collection Autumn Dinner. This annual event celebrates individuals who have contributed to arts and culture throughout the last year.  

Frieze London

Regent's Park, 6–9 October 2016

In his first solo exhibition for Gagosian gallery in London, Edmund de Waal showed ten new works at Frieze Art Fair. For this body of work, de Waal draws on memories and recollections in a series of elegies to the people and places most important him - his great-grandfather, the poet Paul Celan, Odessa, Czernowitz and Paris. And alongside porcelain vessels, de Waal introduced new materials to his vitrines, including graphite, silver and alabaster.

Chatsworth Festival

4.30pm, 24 September 2016

Edmund de Waal will be talking at The Chatsworth Festival, Art Out Loud, a festival of talks by artists, curators and writers.

Seeing Round Corners

Turner Contemporary, Margate
21 May–25 September 2016

Curated by David Ward, this exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate, explores the ways in which artists have used this universal and recurring form, and the very idea of ‘roundness’.

Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum, London
Until September 2016

Edmund de Waal’s piece and speech is currently on loan to the Geffrye Museum, London.

Irrkunst

Galerie Max Hetzler

29 April–16 July 2016

Edmund de Waal’s first solo show in Berlin is now open across the two gallery spaces of Galerie Max Hetzler in Charlottenburg. Based on the writings of Walter Benjamin, the exhibition title has been taken from his concept of the art of getting lost, the art of noticing what has been disregarded.

Generosity: The Art of Giving

Kinský Palace, Prague

5 February–3 July 2016

To celebrate the 220th anniversary of the National Gallery in Prague, Edmund de Waal will be loaning sixty-three netsuke from his personal collection to this special exhibition exploring generosity within its historical, poetical and social context.

Kelmscott Lecture for the William Morris Society

7.00pm, 13 September 2016

‘I do not want art for a few’: Crafting Democracy

At the heart of the arts and crafts movement is democracy, a crossing of boundaries between work and life. This talk will reflect on how craft is interdisciplinary and how William Morris continues to influence making, writing and talking about craft today.

Literaturhaus, Graz

7.00pm, 19 September 2016

Edmund de Waal will be delivering a lecture at the Literatur Haus, Graz, celebrating the launch of the German edition of The White Road.

Found

Foundling Museum, London
27 May–4 September 2016

For the Foundling Museum’s summer show, curated by Cornelia Parker and on the theme of ‘found’, Edmund de Waal is lending a piece made last year called the lost and the found.

In Conversation with Dr. Martin Roth

Akademie der Künste, Berlin
6.00pm, 1 July 2016

Walter Benjamin, Memory and Berlin

Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Dr. Martin Roth, director of the V&A, at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival
1.30pm, 8 July 2016

Edmund de Waal will be talking with Mark Fisher at the Ledbury Poetry Festival about his Desert Island Poems: the poems that have mattered to him throughout his life.

JW3 Speakers Series

The Alan Howard Foundation 
7 June 2016

For his lecture On Homelessness Edmund de Waal talked about place and displacement in poetry and the visual arts, from the German emigre poet Paul Celan to his own work as an artist and writer.

ten thousand things

Gagosian gallery, Beverly Hills
14 January–18 February 2016

At heart the heart of this exhibition with Gagosian, Beverly Hills, is a series of responses to the Schindler House, the revolutionary 1922 building by Viennese émigré architect, Rudolph Schindler, which was so influential on composer, theorist and writer, John Cage.

Windham Campbell Prize

September 2015

Edmund de Waal has been awarded the prestigious Windham Campbell prize for non-fiction for his memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes.

White

Royal Academy of Arts
26 September 2015–3 January 2016

This unique project at the RA Library and Print Room sees Edmund de Waal explore the colour white and the impact that white objects have on their surroundings, through an interweaving of words and books with sculpture, paintings and photographs.

On White

Musical conversations between Aurora Orchestra and Edmund de Waal

To mark the launch of white at the Royal Academy and the publication of The White Road, Edmund de Waal has collaborated with Aurora Orchestra to create a programme of events across London this Autumn, exploring the colour white through music, poetry and the visual arts.

The British Art Lecture

Tate Britain, London
2 December 2015

Edmund de Waal delivered the 2015 British Art Lecture at Tate Britain, London.

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Phaidon monograph book launch

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
20 May 2014

Phaidon has now published a monograph about Edmund de Waal's work and practice. The book is the most comprehensive survey of his career to date and features texts by Emma Crichton-Miller, AS Byatt, Colm Toibin and Peter Carey. To celebrate its publication, de Waal gave a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum about how and why he started making ceramics, the influences of other makers on his work, and future projects he is working towards. 

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Make Pots or Die

BBC Imagine documentary
5 November 2013

Following a year of filming with Alan Yentob, the Imagine documentary on Edmund de Waal's studio life and practice was broadcast on BBC One on 5th November. The film covers a remarkable year; from moving studios, travelling across Europe to research his next book, to sitting at his wheel and making thousands of vessels for his first major exhibition in the USA with Gagosian, New York. 

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Edmund de Waal on Tact

The School of Life
14 October 2012

Edmund de Waal delivered a secular sermon on the art of tact, at Conway Hall as part of The School of Life's Sunday Sermons series.

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