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Edmund de Waal

Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection (solo show)
The Frick Collection, New York
30 May - 17 November 2019

Edmund de Waal, Elective Affinities, installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. Photo: Christopher Burke
Edmund de Waal, Elective Affinities, installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. Photo: Christopher Burke

The Frick Collection presents a temporary installation of sculptures by acclaimed author and ceramist Edmund de Waal. Site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass are 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 Frick Collection, New York


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Edmund de Waal

in conversation with Charlotte Vignon (curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection)
The Frick Collection, New York
2 – 3.30pm, 7 November 2019

Portrait of Edmund de Waal, 2015. Photo: Ben McKee © Edmund de Waal
Portrait of Edmund de Waal, 2015. Photo: Ben McKee © Edmund de Waal

In the Portico Gallery, surrounded by some of the most beautiful and important pieces of Meissen porcelain collected by the late Henry Arnhold, acclaimed ceramicist Edmund de Waal discusses his personal relationship with porcelain, and explores questions surrounding process, materiality, history, and display with the exhibition's curator.

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Edmund de Waal

im Goldhaus (solo show)
Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden
28 September 2019 – January 2020

On 28th September, de Waal unveiled a new installation made especially for the Porzellansammlung of the SKD Museums in Dresden.

im Goldhaus (2019) was commissioned by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) for their permanent collection to mark 300 years since the death of the German alchemist, Johann Friedrich Böttger.

Titled after the laboratory of Augustus II the Strong, the Goldhaus am Zwinger was a place of alchemy; a testing-ground for research into minerals and ores, where Böttger and E. W. von Tschirnhaus conducted their experiments leading to the invention of European porcelain. "I have an image of a laboratory bench in the Goldhaus," de Waal writes, "a place of enquiry and possibility... It is a vitrine which allows me to think through philosophy, optics, burnished mirrors, white porcelain, honed marble, gold and light…a floating installation through which you can see through towards Böttger or the menagerie or a Meissen dinner service. It is a sculpture of beginnings."

im Goldhaus will be on display in the Porzellansammlung until Jan 2020 when it will be relocated elsewhere in the SKD museums.


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The Ephrussis. Travel in Time (group show)
Jewish Museum Vienna, Vienna
6 November 2019 – 8 March 2020

Things and the stories that tell about the people who once collected them, held them in their hands, passed them on and found them again are the focus of the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. It examines the fate of the Ephrussi family, who originated from Russia, and their voluntary and involuntary travels between Russia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Japan and other countries. On the basis of selected objects, documents and pictures, the economic and social development of a European-Jewish family, whose descendants now live scattered throughout the world as a result of flight and expulsion during the Nazi era, is traced. Works once belonging to the family can be found today in international museums and art collections. These recall the former owners and their relationships with the artistic and intellectual circles of that time in Odessa, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid and other places.

At the heart of the exhibition is the Ephrussi Family Archives, donated to the Jewish Museum by the De Waal family, as well as 157 netsukes the family will loan to the museum.

Jewish Museum Vienna


Edmund de Waal

Affinities among Friends (talk)
Edmund de Waal in conversation with artist Sally Mann
The Frick Collection, New York
8 November 2019, 6.30pm

Installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist Photo: Christopher Burke
Installation view, The Frick Collection, New York, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist Photo: Christopher Burke

In this two-part talks series at The Frick Collection, New York, in conjunction his exhibition Elective Affinities, de Waal is in conversation with artist Sally Mann (8 November) about art, writing and other topics.
 
The Frick Collection Event Talk Part 2