Exhibition | Irrkunst | Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

29 April - 16 July 2016

Edmund de Waal’s first solo show in Berlin is now open across the two gallery spaces of Galerie Max Hetzler in Charlottenburg. Based on the writings of Walter Benjamin, the exhibition title has been taken from his concept of the art of getting lost, the art of noticing what has been disregarded. In Bleibtreustrasse - a 19th century apartment - de Waal is showing works that reflect Benjamin’s childhood, his fascination with gathering objects and making collections as a kind of memory work. In the second space, Goethestrasse - a former sorting office - de Waal explores ideas of departure and loss through one large-scale architectural work in wood and porcelain. He has also created a temporary library of Benjamin’s writings where visitors are able to read and reflect.

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Exhibition | Seeing Round Corners | Turner Contemporary, Margate

21 May - 25 September 2016

Curated by David Ward, this exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate, explores the ways in which artists have used this universal and recurring form, and the very idea of ‘roundness’.

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Exhibition | kneaded knowledge: The language of ceramics | Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz

24 September 2016 - 29th February 2017

An exhibition on ceramics conceived by Peter Pakesch for the Kunsthaus, Graz, featuring Ai Weiwei and Edmund de Waal as curatorial and artistic partners.

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Exhibition | during the night | Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna

10 October 2016 - 29 January 2017

This winter, de Waal will curate an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Called during the night, the exhibition will draw together historical objects and paintings from the museum's collections to explore themes of anxiety and fear of the unknown, inspired by Albrecht Durer’s apocalyptic illustration of a nightmare. This is the second exhibition in a series of personally curated shows at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and follows on from Ed Ruscha’s, The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, which opened in 2012.

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Talk | Charleston Literary Festival, Charleston, East Sussex

6.00pm, 26 May 2016

Exhibition | FOUND, Foundling Museum, London

27 May - September 2016

For the Foundling Museum’s summer show, curated by Cornelia Parker and on the theme of ‘found’, Edmund de Waal is lending a piece made last year called the lost and the found.

Talk | Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

5.30pm, 28 May 2016

Talk | The Alan Howard Foundation / JW3 Speaker Series

7.30pm, 7 June 2016

On Homelessness: Discussion of place and displacement in poetry and the visual arts, from Paul Celan to Edmund’s own works as an artist and writer.

Howard Hall, JW3, London 

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Talk | Stoke Literary Festival

4.00pm, 9 June 2016

Edmund de Waal will be talking about The White Road at Hot Air, Stoke Literary Festival, Stoke-on-Trent, The Meakin Room, Emma Bridgewater Factory.

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Talk | Kelmscott Lecture for the William Morris Society

6.30pm, 13 September 2016

‘I do not want art for a few’: Crafting Democracy

At the heart of the arts and crafts movement is democracy, a crossing of boundaries between work and life. This talk will reflect on how craft is interdisciplinary and how William Morris continues to influence making, writing and talking about craft today.

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The White Road

New Website

To celebrate the publication of The White Road, we launched a new website dedicated to the book.

The website can be found at, where visitors have the chance to read the opening passage, glance through a beautiful gallery of images from the book, catch up on national and international reviews for The White Road and learn more in our Resources section; an online platform for videos, essays written by Edmund and an extensive bibliography of material relating to his research.

The website is also the place to find out more about everything that's going on. There is an events page detailing all the talks, appearances and book signings Edmund is involved in, as well as more information about the project curated by Edmund last year at the Royal Academy called white, and a concert series which tool place with Aurora Orchestra called On White.

Please do stop by and have a look.