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the poems of our climate

Gagosian, San Francisco

20 September–8 December 2018

A Word Vi Face View

Edmund de Waal's first exhibition in San Francisco opens in September 2018. 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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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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The Precious Clay: Contemporary art and porcelain at the Museum of Royal Worcester

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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white island

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Ibiza

8 June–16 September 2018

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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.