On view
Current exhibition

de Waal +

Burlington Arcade, London

8 November – 23 December 2022

2022 BURLINGTON DEWAA EXTERIOR CENTER

Edmund de Waal is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade with de Waal +, which brings together recent artworks, treasured objects, and a selection of books curated by the artist.

Edmund de Waal is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade with de Waal +, which brings together recent artworks, treasured objects, and a selection of books curated by the artist.

“I’ve always wanted to take over a bookshop,” de Waal remarks. “I’ve filled it with books, of course. And music and photography, pamphlets recording projects created over the last decade, writing on artists I adore and poetry that sustains me, collaborations with dancers and composers, editions I have made for the British Art Medal Society and for the Victoria & Albert Museum. And I’ve added some pots that I have just made.”

In his interlinked sculptural, writing, and research practices, de Waal studies and utilizes objects as vehicles for human emotion and history. His installations of handmade porcelain vessels, often contained in minimalist structures, investigate themes of diaspora, memory, and materiality.

In addition to working across mediums, de Waal has also collaborated with museums, poets, performers, musicians, and other artists. Offering viewers a glimpse of his varied interests and inspirations, de Waal says, “I hope you come and find a corner to sit and read.”

The shop will be open Tuesdays–Saturdays from 10am–6pm, no booking necessary.

Photography: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Courtesy Gagosian.

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Current exhibition

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

Hayward Gallery, London

26 October 2022 – 8 January 2023

Edmund de Waal atmosphere at Hayward Gallery London

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art is the first large-scale group exhibition in the UK exploring how contemporary artists have used clay in unexpected ways. The exhibition includes de Waal's installation atmosphere.

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art is the first large-scale group exhibition in the UK exploring how contemporary artists have used clay in unexpected ways. The exhibition includes de Waal's installation atmosphere.

Photography: Mark Blower

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Current exhibition

Edmund de Waal and Unseen Pieces from The Feuerle Collection

The Feuerle Collection, Berlin
17 September 2022 – Easter 2023

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This exhibition, the first temporary exhibition in The Feuerle Collection Silk Room, focuses on a selection of recent works by de Waal, juxtaposed with unseen pieces from the collection.

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Current exhibition

Sensational Books

Bodleian Library, Oxford

27 May – 4 December 2022

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Rub, stroke, chew, wear, sniff – Sensational Books explores our experiences of the book beyond reading.

Rub, stroke, chew, wear, sniff – Sensational Books explores our experiences of the book beyond reading.

Structured around six senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch and proprioception – the sense of self-movement and body-perception – this exhibition will unlock a world of sensory engagement with books. Edmund de Waal's artist book Breath will be installed in the show from 21 June 2022.

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Donated

the first day and the first hour

Nottingham Castle Trust

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De Waal's 2013 piece The First Day and the First Hour has been donated to the newly-renovated Art Gallery at Nottingham Castle.

De Waal's 2013 piece The First Day and the First Hour has been donated to the newly-renovated Art Gallery at Nottingham Castle.

Photography: Freddy Griffiths

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Loan

metamorphosen, I

British Ambassador's Residence, Vienna

Metamorphosen I 2017 5

metamorphosen, I (2017) has been gifted to the British Ambassador's Residence in Vienna, Austria, where it is now on display.

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Loan

archiv

The Jewish Museum, Berlin
Permanent loan

Archiv 01

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.

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Acquisition

oir-thir

The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Acquisition

Oir Thir 01

The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney have acquired Edmund de Waal’s work, oir-thir (2016), for their permanent collection.

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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. 

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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. 

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Installation

atlas

Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge 

Atlas 20122 Edit

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. 

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Loan

from the collection of a private man

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

L 61 A Website Edit

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

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Acquisition

across the sky

The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Across The Sky 3 Website

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

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Acquisition

the collector (for Paul)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Collector For Paul Va 2015 Front View

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. 

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Past News
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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