Edmund de Waal is an artist and writer. Born in 1964, de Waal is best known for his large scale installations of porcelain vessels, which are informed by his passion for architecture, space and sound.
De Waal’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at Frieze Art Fair, London (2016), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2016), Kunsthaus, Graz (2016), Galerie Max Hetzler (2016) Gagosian Gallery, Beverley Hills (2016); Royal Academy, London (2015); Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); Pier Arts Centre, Orkney (2015); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2014); Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2013); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2013); Waddesdon Manor (2012); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2007); Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art (2007); National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2005) and the Geffrye Museum (2002). Recent public installations have included Lichtzwang in the Theseus Temple, Vienna (2014), and another hour at Southwark Cathedral, London (2014). Permanent public works are the collector (for Paul) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, (2015), An idea (for the journey), Rijksmuseum (2013), a local history, University of Cambridge (2012), Signs & Wonders (2009), also at the V&A, and a sounding line at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (2007).
Edmund de Waal has also been widely published. His family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), has won many literary prizes including the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Costa Biography Award and has been translated into 29 languages. His second book, The White Road was published in 2015. Other books include The Pot Book (2011), 20th century ceramics (2003) and de Waal’s critical study on Bernard Leach (1997).
De Waal was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011. In 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College Art and Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He has also received Honorary Doctorates from University of the Arts London, University of York, University of Nottingham, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Sheffield. De Waal has been on the Advisory Committee for The Royal Mint since 2012 and is currently a Trustee for The Saturday Club Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS & INSTALLATIONS:
2016 During the Night. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Kneaded Knowledge: The Language of Ceramics. Kunsthaus Graz, Graz Irrkunst. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin Ten thousand things. Gagosian Gallery, Beverley Hills 2015 White. Royal Academy of Arts, London If we attend. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 2014 Atmosphere. Turner Contemporary, Margate Lichtzwang. Theseus Temple, Vienna Another hour. Southwark Cathedral, London 2013 Atemwende. Gagosian Gallery, New York On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 2012 A thousand hours. Alan Cristea Gallery, London A local history. Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 2010 From Zero. Alan Cristea Gallery, London Night works. New Art Centre, Salisbury 2009 Signs & Wonders. Victoria & Albert Museum, London Very Moveable Things: An Intervention. Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire 2007 A Sounding Line. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire Edmund de Waal at Kettle’s Yard, mima and elsewhere. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough 2006 Vessel, perhaps. Millgate Museum, Newark-on- Trent 2005 A line around a shadow. Blackwell: The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere Arcanum: mapping 18th-Century European porcelain. National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff 2004 Porcelain Room. Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen 2002 A Long Line West. Egg, London Porcelain Room. Geffrye Museum, London 1999 Modern Home. High Cross House, Dartington Hall, Devon 1998 Egg, London
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