Unseen Edmund de Waal porcelains go on show in Geneva

More than 20 pieces will be on sale at Espace Muraille

Edmund de Waal the ten thousand things, for John Cage, X, 2015
Edmund de Waal the ten thousand things, for John Cage, X, 2015

More than 20 works by British ceramicist Edmund de Waal – some of them never previously exhibited – will be on show at Espace Muraille in Geneva from Friday January 20 until Sunday April 30. Lettres de Londres features porcelain installations inspired by minimalism, architecture, sound and De Waal’s love of literature, with a selection of the works (from $20,000) for sale.

Edmund de Waal everything you remember, I, 2016
Edmund de Waal everything you remember, I, 2016

Set across two floors of an old fortification in the heart of Switzerland’s second city, Espace Muraille is a suitably spare backdrop for De Waal’s inimitable porcelains, which are also clearly influenced by Japanese art and artisans. Among the standout pieces are several from his The Ten Thousand Things, for John Cage, X series – homages to the composer, including an aluminium box holding a Corten-steel block and three porcelain vessels – as well as Everything You Remember, I, a dark vitrine filled with grey porcelain vessels, graphite blocks and assorted tin boxes.

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Also on view is Eisenach, a series of 12 vitrines each containing two white vessels referencing the town where JS Bach was born, while In C (not for sale) is a large-scale piece inspired by the minimalist music of Terry Riley. Smaller works also figure in assemblages such as Canti (already sold), inspired by choral music traditions.

Edmund de Waal in C, 2015
Edmund de Waal in C, 2015

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