Exhibitions
Current exhibition

cold mountain clay

Gagosian, Hong Kong

20 November 2020 – 9 January 2021


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Now open at Gagosian, Hong Kong, this exhibition features a new body of work inspired by the Chinese monk Hanshan’s practice of writing on rocks, tree trunks, and cave walls.

Now open at Gagosian, Hong Kong, this exhibition features a new body of work inspired by the Chinese monk Hanshan’s practice of writing on rocks, tree trunks, and cave walls.

De Waal’s new works are made through a cycle of inscription and effacement. He begins by coating a wood panel in liquid kaolin; while the slip is still wet, he floats flecks of gold leaf and writes lines of Hanshan’s poetry in graphite, oil stick, and charcoal. He then brushes these marks with additional layers of kaolin slip, repeating the process multiple times to produce a “fugitive poem,” an ethereal palimpsest of text that emulates the haze of memory.

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Current exhibition

library of exile

Room 2, British Museum, London
27 August 2020 - 12 January 2021

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A hymn to writers in exile — The Economist. From Venice, to Dresden and now London, Edmund de Waal’s library of exile makes its final stop at the British Museum.

A hymn to writers in exile — The Economist. From Venice, to Dresden and now London, Edmund de Waal’s library of exile makes its final stop at the British Museum.

A temporary pavilion, designed as a place of dialogue and contemplation, where visitors are encouraged to sit and read a collection of over 2,000 books by writers who have experienced exile from across the world. Almost all the books are translations, exploring the idea of language as migration. The library is free to visit and can also be explored via an online catalogue libraryofexile.com.

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Current exhibition

tacet

New Art Centre, Wiltshire
21 September 2020 – 9 January 2021

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An exhibition of new works in stone and alabaster by Edmund de Waal is now open at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Wiltshire.

An exhibition of new works in stone and alabaster by Edmund de Waal is now open at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Wiltshire.

In de Waal's words: "In these last months, I realised how much I wanted to make things for people to touch. I hope they feel old, weathered, 'known and handled' to borrow David Jones' words. I've called them tacet. Silence, rest."

Click the play button below for a short film about the exhibition.

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Forthcoming exhibition

some winter pots

Gagosian, London
3 December 2020 – 16 January 2021

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This new exhibition at Gagosian's Davies Street gallery brings together a group vessels made by Edmund de Waal during lockdown. This is the first time in sixteen years that de Waal has made single works that are not parts of installations. They are specifically designed to be touched and held in the hand.

This new exhibition at Gagosian's Davies Street gallery brings together a group vessels made by Edmund de Waal during lockdown. This is the first time in sixteen years that de Waal has made single works that are not parts of installations. They are specifically designed to be touched and held in the hand.


De Waal comments, “I made these pots in lockdown during the spring and early summer. I was alone in my studio and silent and I needed to make vessels to touch and hold, to pass on. I needed to return to what I know—the bowl, the open dish, the lidded jar. When you pick them up you will find the places where I have marked and moved the soft clay. Some of these pots are broken and patched on their rims with folded lead and gold; others are mended with gold lacquer. Some hold shards of porcelain.

In the studio I had two old Chinese bowls from the Song dynasty. One was patched on the rim with iron. The other had a beautiful thin golden thread running from the rim, repaired using the Japanese art of kintsugi. Kintsugi is not an art of erasure—the invisible mend, the erasing of a mistake—but rather a way of marking loss. Both these bowls were central to the making of this work.

These black vessels show the flux of glaze. The white dishes have been fired without glaze so that each mark is present. They are bone clear. These are some pots for the hands, for this winter.”

The exhibition has been installed so that it can also be seen from the street.

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Project

library of exile catalogue

Online catalogue

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The library of exile is now open at the British Museum, London. The library has its own online catalogue which is continually updated with new titles. Explore and search the holdings by language, author, category or country on its dedicated website here.

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Forthcoming exhibition

This Living Hand

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green
31 March - 31 October 2021

41 Lh 707 Hands

A new exhibition of Henry Moore's work, curated by de Waal for the Henry Moore Foundation, rescheduled for Spring 2021. 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, rescheduled for Spring 2021. 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.

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Featured exhibition

Elective Affinities virtual tour

The Frick Collection, New York
Virtual tour

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This virtual tour documents Edmund de Waal's installation of site-specific sculptures which were displayed in The Frick Collections's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

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