Irrkunst | Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

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. In Bleibtreustrasse - a 19th century apartment - de Waal is showing works that reflect Benjamin’s childhood, his fascination with gathering objects and making collections as a kind of memory work. In the second space, Goethestrasse - a former sorting office - de Waal explores ideas of departure and loss through one large-scale architectural work in wood and porcelain. He has also created a temporary library of Benjamin’s writings where visitors are able to read and reflect.

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during the night | Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna

10 October 2016 - 29 January 2017

This winter, de Waal will curate an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Called during the night, the exhibition will draw together historical objects and paintings from the museum's collections to explore themes of anxiety and fear of the unknown, inspired by Albrecht Durer’s apocalyptic illustration of a nightmare. This is the second exhibition in a series of personally curated shows at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and follows on from Ed Ruscha’s, The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, which opened in 2012.

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