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Edmund de Waal
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam

Come and experience the visual drama of the intervention that renowned potter and Cambridge graduate, Edmund de Waal, has staged in four interconnected ground-floor galleries of the Museum.

The re-curated spaces include two large-scale interventions. The first, a thousand hours, comprising hundreds of porcelain vessels encased in two slender vitrines is one of de Waal’s most ambitious creations to date and was the centrepiece of a major exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London. The second, yourself, you was specially commissioned for the Fitzwilliam’s Chinese Gallery.

De Waal has selected porcelain items from the Museum’s permanent collections and placed them alongside objects from his residency in China, including poetry, photographs and letters. The exhibition will examine the history of white and what it is that fascinates de Waal about porcelain.

See a video where Edmund de Waal explores the ceramics of the Fitzwilliam and further images on our On White media page.

Fri 29 November 2013 to Sun 23 February 2014
Galleries 33, 26 & 28

Related Links

Edmund de Waal: On White brochure

Reviews and Articles

Apollo magazine, December 2013
The Art Newspaper, December 2013
Crafts magazine, January 2014

A Glass That You Cannot Drink From? Looking at Ceramics in Museums, Amanda Game, 2014