Edmund de Waal

Orchestra of Letters (group show)
The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings
2 June – 2 October 2017

Opening at the Lettering Arts Centre as part of Snape Maltings’ 50th anniversary celebrations for its world famous concert hall, the Letterimg Arts Trust presents “Orchestra of Letters” bringing together a remarkable ensemble of all the disciplines associated with the art of lettering.

The objective is for the exhibition to provide a rich narrative, which celebrates the relationship between lettering, music and the beautiful location at Snape Maltings.

As with an orchestra, the lettering artists’ instruments that create the collective effect are varied and technically different. Here they feature calligraphy, typography, letterpress, laser, oxidation, ceramics, glass, wood and stone letter carving. All artists have been invited to interpret the theme of “Orchestra of Letters” resulting in diverse pieces of work that range from limited edition prints to individual sculptures.  Taking the comparison with the exhibition’s theme, some works are pianissimo (quiet and reflective), others display the maker’s elaborate coloratura.

The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings


Edmund de Waal

– one way or other – (solo show)
Schindler House, Los Angeles
15 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

This autumn, de Waal’s first architectural intervention in America will be held at the Schindler House: a landmark of West Coast Modernism, built in 1922 in West Hollywood by Viennese émigré architect, Rudolph Schindler. Conceived as a modular, changeable live-work building for two families, it became a site of forward-thinking aesthetic, cultural and political activity, frequented by architects, dancers and artists from Frank Lloyd Wright to John Cage.

For de Waal, the Schindler House 'is an idea about beginnings. It stands as an attempt to create a place for both cooperative living and cooperative practice, to reset the conditions in which a modern family could live and experiment...The last decades of travelling to Vienna have made me think of what it might mean to be an émigré and build a house, to question what you bring with you when you start again so definitively.’ The exhibition will include recent works which respond directly to the materials and spaces of the house, and a sound piece conceived with the composer, Simon Fisher Turner, 'a layered memory soundscape of Vienna through its Raumplan, its volumes’.

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Edmund de Waal

white island (solo show)
MACE - Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa, Ibiza
8 June - 16 September 2018

Edmund de Waal, white island, II, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal, white island, II, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

This summer, MACE is holding de Waal's first exhibition in Spain. "This is the white island", says de Waal: "the white of the salt flats, the foam breaking in the breeze. The white of the rock. The white haze." A place of transition and exchange, the artist has worked closely with the museum to create a special exhibition of recent white works - "sculptures made for strong light" - alongside new installations, combining Paros marble, alabaster and Ibizan salt with his porcelain for the first time.

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