On view
Current exhibition

Morandi. Resonancia infinita

Fundación MAPFRE, Paseo de Recoleto, Madrid

24 September 2021 – 9 January 2022

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De Waal's 2017 piece still beside you, with her empty hands, V, is part of Morandi. Infinite Resonance, a retrospective exhibition of Giorgio Morandi’s work organised by Fundación MAPFRE and presented at its exhibition space on Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid.

De Waal's 2017 piece still beside you, with her empty hands, V, is part of Morandi. Infinite Resonance, a retrospective exhibition of Giorgio Morandi’s work organised by Fundación MAPFRE and presented at its exhibition space on Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid.

Photography: Mike Bruce

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Current exhibition

Lettres à Camondo

Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris
7 October 2021 – 15 May 2022

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Following the publication of Lettres à Camondo, the Musée Nissim de Camondo exhibits new installations by de Waal made especially for its rooms and collections. The museum has remained unaltered since 1936 and this is the first invitation of its kind to a living artist.

Following the publication of Lettres à Camondo, the Musée Nissim de Camondo exhibits new installations by de Waal made especially for its rooms and collections. The museum has remained unaltered since 1936 and this is the first invitation of its kind to a living artist.


Photo: Christophe Dellière. © MAD, Paris. Courtesy of the artist and MAD, Paris.

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Current exhibition

The Flames: The Age of Ceramics

Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris
15 October 2021 – 6 February 2022

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Gathering over 350 pieces dating from the Neolithic to the present day, the exhibition The Flames: The Age of Ceramics is an immersive exploration of the medium, a fresh, fruitful dialogue between objects from different periods and contexts that brings to light influences as well as coincidences. De Waal's 2016 piece, once is as good as never, is featured in the exhibition.

Gathering over 350 pieces dating from the Neolithic to the present day, the exhibition The Flames: The Age of Ceramics is an immersive exploration of the medium, a fresh, fruitful dialogue between objects from different periods and contexts that brings to light influences as well as coincidences. De Waal's 2016 piece, once is as good as never, is featured in the exhibition.

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Current exhibition

tacet

New Art Centre, Wiltshire

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Following on from the exhibition, tacet, last year, de Waal's series of Hornton stone benches of the same name are now installed in the grounds of the New Art Centre, Wiltshire.

Following on from the exhibition, tacet, last year, de Waal's series of Hornton stone benches of the same name are now installed in the grounds of the New Art Centre, Wiltshire.

Photography: New Art Centre

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Current exhibition

stone for two hands and water

Henry Moore Foundation Gardens

From 31 March 2021

Edmund de Waal a stone for two hands and water

As part of This Living Hand, the current exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation, Edmund de Waal has made a ’tsukubai’ - a hand-washing basin traditional to Japanese Zen gardens.

As part of This Living Hand, the current exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation, Edmund de Waal has made a ’tsukubai’ - a hand-washing basin traditional to Japanese Zen gardens.

In de Waal's words "I have made a place to pause, just outside the gallery, with water running over stone where you can wash your hands. It is a sculpture recollecting the stone basins in Japanese gardens. I’ve called it stone for two hands and water."

The exhibition opened on Weds 19 May 2021, in line with government guidelines. The gardens reopened to the public on 31 March.

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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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Loan

archiv

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.

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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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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 

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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

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. 

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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 ceramic collections. 

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Acquisition

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. 

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Past News
Exhibition

Masterpieces in Miniature

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

26 June 2021 – Spring 2022

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Bringing together miniature artworks from over 80 artists, this exhibition at Pallant House includes works by Augustus John, Vanessa Bell, Paul Nash, Sir Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton as well as new pieces by Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, John Akomfrah, Tacita Dean and Lubaina Himid.

Bringing together miniature artworks from over 80 artists, this exhibition at Pallant House includes works by Augustus John, Vanessa Bell, Paul Nash, Sir Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton as well as new pieces by Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, John Akomfrah, Tacita Dean and Lubaina Himid.


De Waal has contributed a miniature pot entitled and show and end, the title of which is taken from Emily Dickinson's poem about tiny and huge things.

Photography: Rob Harris

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Exhibition

sukkah

Canterbury Cathedral

Passover and Holy Week 2021

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sukkah (2019), originally created for a synagogue in the Venetian Ghetto as part of de Waal's installation psalm, is currently on loan to Canterbury Cathedral.

sukkah (2019), originally created for a synagogue in the Venetian Ghetto as part of de Waal's installation psalm, is currently on loan to Canterbury Cathedral.


The work has been installed in St Gabriel’s Chapel, in the Crypt of the Cathedral, a place famed for its striking early twelfth-century frescoes and Romanesque carvings of animals playing musical instruments.

“It is a great privilege to bring this work to a place that I have known and loved since childhood. Sukkah will have moved from the highest space of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto to deep within the oldest parts of Canterbury Cathedral. Both these spaces contain imagery of celebration and it feels appropriate to be announcing this on the eve of the two great festivals of Passover and Easter. I hope its resonance of vulnerability and protection, contemplation and prayer will be manifest here.”
- Edmund de Waal

The work, sukkah, was originally conceived for the Sukkah in the Canton Scuola synagogue in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice for the 2019 Venice Biennale. Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles, is the festival that commemorates the forty years of wandering in the desert. The work is comprised of nine towers which appear to float above the table, each containing tall white porcelain vessels and leaning pieces of gilded steel that catch the light from the medieval stained-glass windows.

“We feel privileged and deeply moved to have Edmund’s work sukkah standing in St Gabriel’s Chapel in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral at this significant time of year for both Jewish and Christian communities. It is a work which reminds us of the fragility not only of human life, but also of the shelters we construct during our human journeys. The light which shines through the ancient stained glass changes hour by hour and day by day, and the sense of ‘reflection’ becomes not only real as one observes its effect on the installation, but also an aspect of our mental and spiritual ability to reflect on our human condition and its capacity to journey beyond the seeming limitations we experience. It also becomes an invitation to journey on together in faith and hope for the future. Sukkah will enrich the Cathedral’s life in Holy Week and Easter by its presence among us.”
- The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury

Photography: Alzbeta Jaresova

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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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