Edmund de Waal
EDMUND DE WAAL
breathturn, I, 2013
476 porcelain vessels, aluminium and plexiglass cabinet
90 3/8 x 118 1/8 x 3 15/16 inches (229.6 x 300 x 10 cm)
© Edmund de Waal
Photo by Mike Bruce
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 of porcelain vessels, 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 and dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and sound, and is informed by his passion for literature.
De Waal has had major interventions in museums and public collections including, Waddesdon Manor, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and the National Museum of Wales. Future projects include working with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the Ashmolean, Oxford and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
De Waal is also known as a writer. His recent book Hare with the Amber Eyes, which traces his family, has been an international bestseller and has won many literary prizes.