Edmund de Waal
November 8–December 23, 2022
Gagosian Shop, London
Edmund de Waal is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade with de Waal +, which brings together recent artworks, treasured objects, and a selection of books curated by the artist.
“I’ve always wanted to take over a bookshop,” de Waal remarks. “I’ve filled it with books, of course. And music and photography, pamphlets recording projects created over the last decade, writing on artists I adore and poetry that sustains me, collaborations with dancers and composers, editions I have made for the British Art Medal Society and for the Victoria & Albert Museum. And I’ve added some pots that I have just made.”
In his interlinked sculptural, writing, and research practices, de Waal studies and utilizes objects as vehicles for human emotion and history. His installations of handmade porcelain vessels, often contained in minimalist structures, investigate themes of diaspora, memory, and materiality.
In addition to working across mediums, de Waal has also collaborated with museums, poets, performers, musicians, and other artists. Offering viewers a glimpse of his varied interests and inspirations, de Waal says, “I hope you come and find a corner to sit and read.”
Edmund de Waal, clogged only with music like the wheels of birds, I, 2022 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Alzbeta Jaresova
Reading and Book Signing
Edmund de Waal
Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7pm
Burlington Arcade, London
Join Gagosian for an evening with Edmund de Waal in celebration of de Waal +, his takeover of the Gagosian Shop in Burlington Arcade. The artist will give a short reading and then sign copies of his books, which will be available to purchase at the event. Composer Simon Fisher Turner, de Waal’s friend and collaborator, will be signing a limited number of copies of A Quiet Corner in Time, the 2020 album that marked the first time de Waal worked closely with a musician.
Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson
Edmund de Waal
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 6:30pm EDT
In conjunction with the exhibition The Hare with Amber Eyes, on view at the Jewish Museum, New York, through May 15, 2022, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with journalist and author Sandee Brawarsky as part of the James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture series. The pair will discuss de Waal’s recently published writings and their intricate mappings of objects and stories, as well as the exhibition and his ceramic installations that investigate themes of history, memory, identity, exile, and displacement. To join the online event, register at thejewishmuseum.org.
Installation view, The Hare with Amber Eyes, Jewish Museum, New York, November 19, 2021–May 15, 2022. Photo: Iwan Baan
Edmund de Waal, Ange Mlinko, and Don Paterson on Rainer Maria Rilke
Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 2pm est (7pm BST)
From February 2 to 23, 1922, poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the Sonnets to Orpheus and completed the Duino Elegies in less than three weeks, a period he described as a “savage creative storm.” As part of the London Review Bookshop’s “That Year Again” series, a program of special events marking some of 2022’s many significant centenaries, Edmund de Waal will join poets Ange Mlinko and Don Paterson in a discussion about Rilke and intense productivity, a century after the conclusion of his “creative storm.” To attend the online event, purchase tickets at eventbrite.co.uk.
Left: Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson. Center: Ange Mlinko. Right: Don Paterson. Photo: Geraint Lewis/Shutterstock
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