During the Night

Kunshistoriches Museum, Vienna

10 October 2016–29 January 2017

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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 exbhition 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. 


Kneaded Knowledge

Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
24 September 2016–29 February 2017

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An exhibition on ceramics featuring Ai Weiwei and Edmund de Waal as curatorial and artistic partners. For Kneaded Knowledge they are joining the museum's curator, Peter Pakesch, to engage in a dialogue on the handling of ceramics across times and cultures.



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.


Modern Japanese Design

Manchester Art Gallery
3 December 2015–21 January 2017

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The newly re-furbished Design Gallery at Manchester Art Gallery opened with the exhibition Modern Japanese Design. Drawn from Manchester’s own collections, the show provides an overview of the past fifty years of Japanese design. It highlights the breadth of the gallery’s collections, bringing together fashion, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery

Past News

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. 

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.


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.

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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.