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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

library of exile
Japanisches Palais, Dresden
29 November 2019 – 16 February 2020

Installation view: Edmund de Waal,
Installation view: Edmund de Waal, "library of exile", Ateneo Veneto, Venice, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

On November 29th, 2019 the presentation of Edmund de Waal's library of exile will be inaugurated at the Japanisches Palais in Dresden. The work is constructed as a library which holds 2000 books by exiled writers as well as a quartet of new vitrines by de Waal. library of exile was part of the exhibition psalm at the Ateneo Veneto in Venice and will further travel to the British Museum in London in 2020

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden


Edmund de Waal

im Goldhaus
Porcelain Collection, Zwinger, Dresden
28 September 2019 – January 2020

Edmund de Waal, im Goldhaus, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal, im Goldhaus, 2019. © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

On 28th September, de Waal unveiled a new installation made especially for the Porcelain Collection 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 Porcelain Collection until Jan 2020 when it will be relocated elsewhere in the SKD museums.

Edmund de Waal Studio