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 Edmund's 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 music, and is informed by his passion for literature.
Edmund has had major interventions in many 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 opened his first show in New York at the Gagosian Gallery and installed a new work for the Asian Pavilion of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The next exhibition will open at the end of November at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, followed by a major new commission for the Turner Contemporary in Margate. Future projects include working with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen and the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna in 2014.
Edmund 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.