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Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
14 June–10 August 2024

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Now open, this exhibition includes both the largest free-standing clay vessels that Edmund de Waal has ever created, and a large-scale pavilion titled there are still songs to sing beyond mankind, 2024.

Now open, this exhibition includes both the largest free-standing clay vessels that Edmund de Waal has ever created, and a large-scale pavilion titled there are still songs to sing beyond mankind, 2024.

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Current exhibition

Fragments of Memory

Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden

16 March–8 September 2024

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Fragments of Memory. The Treasury of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague in Dialogue with Edmund de Waal, Josef Koudelka and Julian Rosefeld is now open at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden. The exhibition includes de Waal's 2016 large-scale installation irrkunst.

Fragments of Memory. The Treasury of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague in Dialogue with Edmund de Waal, Josef Koudelka and Julian Rosefeld is now open at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden. The exhibition includes de Waal's 2016 large-scale installation irrkunst.

Photography: Martin Polák

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Current exhibition

The Shape of Things: Still Life in Britain

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

11 May–20 October 2024

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The Shape of Things, on view at Pallant House Gallery, questions the idea that still life is a lesser genre, showing how important it is to artists and society.

The Shape of Things, on view at Pallant House Gallery, questions the idea that still life is a lesser genre, showing how important it is to artists and society.

De Waal's 2021 piece September Song, II, is on display alongside works by Hurvin Anderson, Vanessa Bell, Edward Burra, Patrick Caulfield, Lucian Freud, Gluck, Duncan Grant, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Jann Haworth, David Hockney, Lee Miller, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, William Nicholson, Eric Ravilious, Anwar Jalal Shemza, William Scott, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Rachel Whiteread and Clare Woods. The exhibition will look at how these artists have used traditional art history to express the complexities of the human condition.

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Current exhibition

5&20

99 Bishopsgate, London
15 May–27 September 2024

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5&20, an exhibition co-curated by Brookfield Properties and Crafts Council is now on view in the foyer of 99 Bishopsgate. Edmund de Waal's 2007 piece, Arcady, is included in the exhibition alongside other works from Crafts Council Collection.

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Donated

one equal light

St Mary's Bourne Street

London

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one equal light (2023) has been donated to St Mary's Bourne Street where it is installed in the corridor linking the Church with the Russell Room, the focal point of organisation's new community space.

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Current exhibition

Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto

CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark

8 October 2023–11 August 2024

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Edmund de Waal has curated an exhibition of acclaimed Danish ceramicist, Axel Salto (1889–1961), considered one of the greatest masters of twentieth-century ceramic art.

Edmund de Waal has curated an exhibition of acclaimed Danish ceramicist, Axel Salto (1889–1961), considered one of the greatest masters of twentieth-century ceramic art.


The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Edmund de Waal, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark and Kunstsilo in Norway. Starting at CLAY in Middelfart, Denmark, it will tour to the Kunstsilo in September 2024 before its final stop at The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in 2025.

This exhibition brings together a significant number of Salto’s ceramic works from the CLAY Museum and The Tangen Collection at Kunstsilo, the world’s largest collection of Nordic modernist art. Salto’s ceramics are being shown alongside his lesser-known and unseen works on paper, illustrations, writings and textiles, and a major new installation by de Waal which reflects on Salto’s enduring influence.

“Axel Salto is one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. He created a unique body of ceramic work that continues to fascinate me. His sculptures seem to be on the point of change: glazes are caught in flux. Vases swell as if to burst. He cared about the ways that patterns change course, shift energies, how an animal becomes a person, a man metamorphoses into a stag. Ovid ran powerfully through his life. That moment of change, transformation, is the moment when poetry occurs.”

- Edmund de Waal

Photography: Ole Akhøj

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Current exhibition

wind, water, stone

New Art Centre, Wiltshire

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Several new works, including the tsukubai illustrated here, wind, water, stone, have been installed at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Wiltshire.

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Featured exhibition

All About The Vessel

Kunstquartier Gmunden, Bad Ischl, Austria
4 May – 16 June 2024

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Part of the European Capitals of Culture programme, All About The Vessel explored the development of ceramic art from early modernism to the present.

Part of the European Capitals of Culture programme, All About The Vessel explored the development of ceramic art from early modernism to the present.


Edmund de Waal's 2016 piece, once is as good as never, was exhibited alongside works by Lucie Rie, Betty Woodman, Sterling Ruby, Masaomi Yasunaga and Lindsey Mendick

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Donated

white island, II (for W.B.)

Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Ibiza

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white island, II (for W.B.), which as a part of de Waal's exhibition white island at Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Ibiza, in 2018, has now been donated to the museum.

white island, II (for W.B.), which as a part of de Waal's exhibition white island at Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Ibiza, in 2018, has now been donated to the museum.

Photography: Vicent Marí

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Permanent collection

im Goldhaus

Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

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im Goldhaus (2019) is now on display in the Böttger Room of the Porcelain Gallery of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

im Goldhaus (2019) is now on display in the Böttger Room of the Porcelain Gallery of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.


im Goldhaus was commissioned by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) for their permanent collection to mark 300 years since the death of the German alchemist, Johann Friedrich Böttger.

Titled after the laboratory of Augustus II the Strong, the Goldhaus am Zwinger was a place of alchemy; a testing-ground for research into minerals and ores, where Böttger and E. W. von Tschirnhaus conducted their experiments leading to the invention of European porcelain. ‘I have an image of a laboratory bench in the Goldhaus,’ de Waal writes, 'a place of enquiry and possibility... It is a vitrine which allows me to think through philosophy, optics, burnished mirrors, white porcelain, honed marble, gold and light…a floating installation through which you can see through towards Böttger or the menagerie or a Meissen dinner service. It is a sculpture of beginnings.'

Image © SKD. Photography: Oliver Killig.

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Loan

metamorphosen, I

British Ambassador's Residence, Vienna

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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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Installation

Signs & Wonders

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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One of de Waal's largest installations to date, Signs & Wonders (2009) is on permanent display in the cupola of the V&A Museum in London. Commissioned in 2009 to celebrate the opening of the new ceramics galleries, the red circular shelf floats high up in the dome of the fourth floor and holds 425 porcelain vessels.

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Permanent installation

a change in the weather

New Art Center, Salisbury

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De Waal's 2007 piece, a change in the weather, is permanently installed in the conservatory at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury.

De Waal's 2007 piece, a change in the weather, is permanently installed in the conservatory at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury.

Photography: Paul Barker

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Permanent installation

a sounding line

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

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a sounding line (2007) is on permanent display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.

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Permanent installation

an idea (for the journey)

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Made especially for the Rijksmuseum, an idea (for the journey) was installed in the entrance to the Asian Pavilion in 2013. Two vitrines with cloudy, translucent glass, echo a pair of silk scroll paintings or the pages of an open book - the row of porcelain, a line of text.

Made especially for the Rijksmuseum, an idea (for the journey) was installed in the entrance to the Asian Pavilion in 2013. Two vitrines with cloudy, translucent glass, echo a pair of silk scroll paintings or the pages of an open book - the row of porcelain, a line of text.

24 porcelain vessels in a pair of aluminium and translucent plexiglass vitrines
152 × 133 × 15 cm overall
Photos: Edmund de Waal

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Loan

of discretion in giving, II

Aberdeen City Art Gallery

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of discretion in giving, II, 2017, is on loan to Aberdeen City Art Gallery.

of discretion in giving, II, 2017, is on loan to Aberdeen City Art Gallery.

Photography: Mike Bruce

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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 

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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. 

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Loan

archiv

The Jewish Museum, Berlin
Permanent loan

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Edmund de Waal’s work, archiv (2016), is on permanent loan to the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The work was originally part of de Waal's solo exhibition, Irrkunst, held at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, in 2016.

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Acquisition

oir-thir

The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Acquisition

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

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Acquisition

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 ceramics collections.

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Acquisition

the collector (for Paul)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Given to the V&A in 2015 to celebrate the former Chairman of the V&A Museum, Paul Ruddock, this piece is on permanent display in the ceramics galleries.

Given to the V&A in 2015 to celebrate the former Chairman of the V&A Museum, Paul Ruddock, this piece is on permanent display in the ceramics galleries.

Photo: Ian Skelton

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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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