Edmund de Waal was born in 1964. He studied English at Cambridge University and ceramics in both England and Japan. He is best known for his large scale installations, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of his recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections, how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and sounds, and is informed by his passion for literature. In 2011 de Waal was made an OBE for his services to art.
De Waal has had major interventions in museums and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Waddesdon Manor, Tate Britain and the National Museum of Wales. In Autumn 2013, Edmund opened his first show in New York at the Gagosian Gallery. A commission of suspended vitrines, titled 'Atmosphere', opened in May 2014 for Turner Contemporary in Margate, which hung in the Sunley Gallery until February 2015. Another public work, Lichtzwang, was on display over the course of Summer 2014 in a neo-classical temple in Vienna's Volksgarten. This marked the beginnings of an on-going relationship with the Kunsthistoriches Museum, in particular the exhibition 'During The Night: Edmund de Waal', 'a personal selection of Old Masters' selected by de Waal from the museum's collections, which ran from 11 October 2016 - 29 January 2017.
De Waal is also known as a writer. His book, The Hare with Amber Eyes, which traces his family history, has been an international bestseller and won many literary prizes. In 2015, he was awarded the Wyndham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction: please click here for further information. In 2015 he released 'The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts'.
Recent and upcoming projects include:
Edmund de Waal's first set design will feature in the 2017-18 Season at the Royal Opera House for a new ballet by choreographer Wayne McGregor, as part of the international celebrations of the Leonard Bernstein centenary.
Edmund de Waal together with Ai Weiwei acted as curatorial and artistic partners for the group exhibition 'Kneaded Knowledge: The Language of Ceramics', from 24 September 2016 - 19 February 2017 at Kunsthaus Graz, curated by Peter Pakesch.
Edmund de Waal's project at the Royal Academy of Arts, which ran from 26 September 2015 - 3 January 2016. Royal Academy of Arts: white, a project by Edmund de Waal
From 24 October 2015 - 21 February 2016 de Waal exhibited 'if we attend' at Pallant House Gallery, a selection of works shown concurrently with an exhibition of works by David Jones.