On view

Yugen, a new ballet by Wayne McGregor

Royal Opera House, London
15 March–9 April 2018

Ed W And Wayne Mc Gregor Roh Photo By Tom Jamieson

Edmund de Waal made his Royal Ballet debut in the 2017/18 Season designing Wayne McGregor’s new ballet, Yugen, at the Royal Opera House. Set to The Chichester Psalms, this new production forms part of a programme celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. For these 'heart breaking songs of exile', the artist has created 'structures for the dancer, places of refuge and pause', and costumes in a spectrum of reds with the fashion designer, Shirin Guild. Click the links below to read The Daily Telegraph's profile of the piece and to watch a video of Wayne McGregor rehearsing with The Royal Ballet dancers.



Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

10 February–6 May 2018

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A recent pair of black works has been selected for Actions. The image of the world can be different, the inaugural exhibition at the newly-refurbished Kettle's Yard. The exhibition seeks to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world. Below is a link de Waal's Telegraph article on his correspondence with Jim Ede and why you must visit the new Kettle's Yard, one of his favourite places in the world. Click the link below, to read de Waal's piece in The Daily Telegraph about the show.


Letters from Tomis

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont

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Letters from Tomis, I, an installation from 2015, has been gifted to the collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art in Vermont where it is now on view.



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.

Permanent installation

Signs & Wonders

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Signs & Wonders (2009) is on permanent display in the ceramics galleries at the V&A Museum in London. 

Permanent installation

a local history

Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge

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a local history (2012) is a permanent installation for the Alison Richard Building at the University of Cambridge. 

Permanent installation


Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge 

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atlas (2012) was made as the partner piece to a local history and is on permanent display on the first floor of the Alison Richard Building at the University of Cambridge. 


from the collection of a private man

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

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from the collection of a private man (2011) is on loan to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich until 2020. 

Permanent collection

across the sky

The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

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across the sky (2013) was acquired by the Usher Gallery in Lincoln and now is on permanent display in their ceramic collections. 

Permanent collection

the collector (for Paul)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Given to the V&A to celebrate the former Chairman of the V&A Museum, Paul Ruddock, this piece is now on permanent display in the ceramic galleries. 

Past News

metamorphosen, I

British Ambassador's Residence, Vienna

metamorphosen, I (2017) has been loaned via the Government Art Collection to the British Ambassador's Residence in Vienna, Austria.

a new ground, II

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 


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. 

fetched home

University of Sheffield 

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.