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Edmund de Waal

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

Edmund de Waal, installation view, Schindler House, Los Angeles, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Joshua White
Edmund de Waal, installation view, Schindler House, Los Angeles, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Joshua White

Renowned London-based artist and writer Edmund de Waal will make his first architectural intervention in the U.S. with an exhibition at the MAK Center. Titled –one way or other–, de Waal’s exhibition will include new and recent sculptures responding directly to the materials and integrated spaces of the iconic house. The multisensory exhibition is inspired by the artist’s ideas around migration—what it is to leave one place and adopt another—just as the Viennese émigré architect R.M. Schindler did when moving to Los Angeles to create a new home here in the 1920s. The intervention develops de Waal’s long-standing interest in exile, as reflected in the last decade of his practice and especially his book The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010). The exhibition includes a sound piece conceived with the avant-garde composer Simon Fisher Turner: “a layered memory soundscape of Vienna through its Raumplan.” A special recording of radical modernist Austrian composer Anton Webern’s Drei Kleine Stucke (Three Little Pieces), Op.11 by English cellist Matthew Barley, along with Barley’s own Cello Improvisation, has also been commissioned for the exhibition.

The Schindler House is the birthplace of West Coast modernism. It was conceived by Schindler and his wife Pauline as a modular, changeable live-work home and environment for two families. Built of simple industrial materials (concrete slab, glass, and wood), the house became a hub of forward-thinking aesthetics and cultural and political activity that was frequented by architects, dancers, artists and musicians from Frank Lloyd Wright to John Cage. It continues as such to this day, welcoming artists such as de Waal to respond both to its design and rich cultural history.

Edmund de Waal said, “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 traveling 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.”

Schindler House, Los Angeles


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Edmund de Waal Installation (solo show)
The Frick Collection, New York
29 May - 10 November 2019

Next year, The Frick Collection will present a temporary installation of sculptures by acclaimed author and ceramist Edmund de Waal. Site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass will be displayed in the museum's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

De Waal is known for his installations of porcelain vessels housed in minimal structures, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a specific place. Past sites have included Waddesdon Manor and the Chatsworth house — this project marks his first such installation in the United States.

The presentation, curated by Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, is the latest in a series of collaborations with de Waal and The Frick Collection. He is a coauthor, with Vignon, of an upcoming volume in the Frick Diptych series, which focuses on a pair of porcelain candelabras with gilt-bronze mounts by Pierre Gouthière, the great French eighteenth-century chaser-gilder. In 2013, in conjunction with the Frick Art Reference Library’s Center for the History of Collecting, de Waal lectured about his award-winning family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010). A fully illustrated catalogue, featuring installation views and essays by Vignon and de Waal, will be available in early summer.

The Frick Collection, New York


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The Precious Clay (group show)
The Museum of Royal Worcester, Worcester
20 August 2018 – March 2019

Edmund de Waal, In Time II, 2017 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal, In Time II, 2017 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Meadow Arts and the Museum of Royal Worcester present an exhibition exploring contemporary art and porcelain, The Precious Clay. The exhibition will examine why and how artists choose to use this legendary material in their practice. With its origins in the Far East and a long global history, porcelain holds rich associations of preciousness, mutability and exoticism: the artists’ work responds to these associations in lively and inventive ways.

The Museum of Royal Worcester, Worcester