Exhibitions
Forthcoming

breath

Ivorypress, Madrid

20 February–11 May 2019

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For Breath Edmund de Waal has been invited to work across Ivorypress’s three different spaces: the publishing house, the exhibition space, and the bookshop. At the heart of this project is an artist’s book, published by Ivorypress: a project that has spanned many years, looking hard into what books are, how they feel and their presence in the world.

For Breath Edmund de Waal has been invited to work across Ivorypress’s three different spaces: the publishing house, the exhibition space, and the bookshop. At the heart of this project is an artist’s book, published by Ivorypress: a project that has spanned many years, looking hard into what books are, how they feel and their presence in the world.



It is an homage to Romanian-born poet Paul Celan, a book about slowing down. To accompany the artist’s book de Waal has made a series of 17 new works, including vitrines, shelves, and diptychs conceived as open books, which take inspiration from the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán, the writer Federico García Lorca, and also from Celan. There is porcelain, marble and gilding; there is gold leaf and platinum acknowledging the silver dishes on Zurbarán’s paintings. There are objects hidden from view and there are repetitions. Alongside these works there will be a reading room, a selection of 100 books inviting visitors to sit down and read. The artist’s book, the exhibition, and the reading room are conceived as a joint project.


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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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–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 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."

Current

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.

Past News

Samla, sortera, ta hand om

RIAN Designmusem, Falkenberg, Sweden

15 September–25 November 2018

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.