On view
Current exhibition

cold mountain clay

Gagosian, Hong Kong

20 November 2020 – 9 January 2021


Cold mountain I DTL

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

tacet

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

Edmund de Waal tacet at New Art Centre 4

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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Project

library of exile catalogue

Online catalogue

Edmund De Waal Psalm Venice 02

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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Loan

metamorphosen, I

British Ambassador's Residence, Vienna

Metamorphosen I 2017 5

metamorphosen, I (2017) has been loaned via the Government Art Collection 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

131 Edit For Website

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

Edw 03

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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