Exhibitions
Forthcoming exhibition

library of exile

30 November 2019 - 16 February 2020

Japanisches Palais, Dresden

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The library of exile, which formed part of de Waal's exhibition psalm in Venice earlier this year, is to tour to the Staatliche Kunstammlungen, Dreseden. The library comprises more than 2,000 volumes in almost all the languages of the world written by exiled authors from antiquity to the present day. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full programme of events, details will be available here soon.

Current exhibition

im Goldhaus

Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Edmund De Waal Im Goldhaus

On 28th September, de Waal unveiled a new installation made especially for the Porzellansammlung of the SKD Museums in Dresden.

On 28th September, de Waal unveiled a new installation made especially for the Porzellansammlung of the SKD Museums in Dresden.


im Goldhaus (2019) was commissioned by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) for their permanent collection to mark 300 years since the death of the German alchemist, Johann Friedrich Böttger.

Titled after the laboratory of Augustus II the Strong, the Goldhaus am Zwinger was a place of alchemy; a testing-ground for research into minerals and ores, where Böttger and E. W. von Tschirnhaus conducted their experiments leading to the invention of European porcelain. ‘I have an image of a laboratory bench in the Goldhaus,’ de Waal writes, 'a place of enquiry and possibility... It is a vitrine which allows me to think through philosophy, optics, burnished mirrors, white porcelain, honed marble, gold and light…a floating installation through which you can see through towards Böttger or the menagerie or a Meissen dinner service. It is a sculpture of beginnings.'

im Goldhaus will be on display in the Porzellansammlung until Jan 2020 when it will be relocated elsewhere in the SKD museums.

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Featured exhibition

Elective Affinities

The Frick Collection, New York
30 May – 17 November 2019

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Temporary installation of new work at The Frick Collection, its first ever exhibition of a contemporary artist in the permanent galleries.

Temporary installation of new work at The Frick Collection, 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 sculptures made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble and glass in response to particular rooms and objects in the collection. These works are displayed in the museum's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum will publish the third volume of its Frick Diptych series, pairing an essay by curator Charlotte Vignon with a text by de Waal. Together they will offer fresh insight into a pair of porcelain candelabra by Pierre Gouthière, the French eighteenth-century chaser and gilder.

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Current exhibition

The Ephrussis. Travel in Time.

Jewish Museum, Vienna

6 November 2019–8 March 2020

Hare Netsuke C 1880

The Ephrussi Family Archive, donated to the Jewish Museum by the de Waal family, will go on display in this special exhibition along with 157 netsuke from Edmund de Waal's collection.

Featured exhibition

a sort of speech

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
28 September–2 November 2019

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An exhibition of new and recent installations at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, exploring the boundaries between text and sculpture, inspired by the work of the modernist Swiss writer, Robert Walser.

An exhibition of new and recent installations at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, exploring the boundaries between text and sculpture, inspired by the work of the modernist Swiss writer, Robert Walser.

Walser's literary output is the central inspiration behind de Waal's second solo exhibition in Berlin. Walser’s so-called 'pencil method' - an obsessive form of notation in microscript - allowed him to explore the immersive qualities of writing, something which has long held great significance for de Waal; "I love his writings...the way he made texts. I love his understanding of making as a way of marking time. Text can be sculpture, sculpture a sort of speech".

In response to this idea, de Waal has made a new series of sculptures - free-standing vitrines holding paper-thin sheets of porcelain, embossed with his own handwritten texts, which are leant or stacked like pages of a notebook against vessels or marble fragments. Some hold these porcelain elements without any vessel forms - the first installations of their kind. For the 10m-long wall in the Goethestraße gallery, he has also made his first site-specific text piece for Berlin. Gilded with sheets of gold leaf and overpainted with kaolin slip, de Waal has written into the surface, transcribing his own Walser-inspired texts and microscripts.

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Forthcoming exhibition

This Living Hand

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green
3 April – 27 October 2020

41 Lh 707 Hands

A new exhibition of Henry Moore's work, curated by de Waal for the Henry Moore Foundation, opening Spring 2020. This Living Hand will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art.

A new exhibition of Henry Moore's work, curated by de Waal for the Henry Moore Foundation, opening Spring 2020. This Living Hand will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art.

In the exhibition, de Waal will present a selection of original sculptures and other objects by Moore which visitors will be invited to touch, as well as a group of drawings and sculptural works charting Moore’s interest in the hand as a subject, from Reclining Figure: Hand 1979 to the numerous two and three-dimensional studies of his own and other subjects’ hands – including the drawings and lithographs he made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, who wanted her hands to be used as her portrait.

Photo: Henry Moore Archive

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