Kneaded Knowledge - The Language of Ceramics

Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
24 September 2016–29 February 2017

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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. 


Lettres de Londres

Espace Muraille, Geneva

20 January-15 April 2017

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Lettres de Londres is Edmund de Waal's first exhibition in Geneva and features over twenty-five works made between 2013 and 2016. Downstairs in the contemporary spaces are several works which use new materials alongside porcelain vessels, for example lead blocks in music at night (2016) and Cor-Ten steel, graphite and tin boxes in to begin again (2015). Also temporarily on view are a further ten installations in the restored rooms of the 18th century apartment above the gallery. Scattered across mantlepieces, tables and inside cupboards, these works all 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 - is the inspiration behind this exhibition.


Edmund de Waal - Giorgio Morandi

Artipelag, Stockholm

7 April-1 October 2017

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This Spring a major exhibition of work by Edmund de Waal and Giorgio Morandi will open at Artipelag in Stockholm. Exploring the visual and literary dialogue between the two artists, the exhibition will feature over fifty paintings by Morandi and thirty works by de Waal, including his series of nine suspended vitrines called atmosphere, first shown in 2014. New works include another hour - a collection of six freestanding towers containing porcelain vessels - and another homage to the square - five vitrines containing blocks of white alabaster and gilded porcelain tiles. De Waal will also produce a handwritten text piece, which will span the gallery walls. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lower floor library room where visitors will be able to draw, write letters and read the novels and poetry that has inspired both artists.


Art and Exile

Leo Baeck Institute, Queen Mary University

23 March 2017, 6.30pm

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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. 


Artificial Realities

Courtauld Institute of Art, London
January 2016 - March 2017

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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

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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

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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. 


fetched home

University of Sheffield 

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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 new ground, II

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 


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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. 


a short history of the China trade

The Government Art Collection

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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.



The Jewish Museum, Berlin
Permanent loan

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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.



The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

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The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney have acquired Edmund de Waal’s work, oir-thir (2016), for their permanent collection.

Past News

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.  


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.