Edmund de Waal
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.
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 September this year, Edmund will be opening his first show in New York at the Gagosian Gallery. Future projects include working with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Turner Contemporary, Margate, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen and the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.
De Waal is also known as a writer. His recent book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which traces his family history, has been an international bestseller and won many literary prizes.