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, the National Museum of Wales and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 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, De Waal also released 'The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts' in 2015.
For the British Art Lecture 2015, at Tate Britain, Edmund de Waal talks about Signs and Marks: Poetry and Contemporary Art. Reflecting on what it means to be an artist who writes, de Waal examines the interweaving of words and art in the works of Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer and Agnes Martin, revealing how artist responds to poetry through quotation and transcription. click here for video and audio recordings.
Recent and upcoming projects include:
psalm, to coincide with the 58th Venice Biennale, 8 May - 29 September 2019. A major two-part exhibition in the Jewish Museum and the Ateneo Veneto, Venice.
The Frick Collection, New York, will present new work by Edmund de Waal, its first ever exhibition of a contemporary artist in the permanent galleries, from 30 May - 10 November 2019.
Edmund de Waal's first set design featured 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.
From 7 April - 1 October 2017, Edmund de Waal exhibited at Artipelag in Stockholm, where works by de Waal were shown alongside paintings and works on paper by Giorgio Morandi.
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.
Previous exhibition: Edmund de Waal: the lost and the found, work from Orkney, was exhibited at the New Art Centre from 3 October - 15 November 2015.