Wunderkammer by Edmund de Waal

This work is de Waal's most ambitious piece to date and comprises a high wooden case containing shelves stacked with porcelain plates and dishes of various sizes which can be viewed through vertical and horizontal slits in the case.


Porcelain, birch & steel
350 x 150 x 150 cm
Art Fund grant:
£60,000 ( Total: £100,000)
Acquired in:
Edmund de Waal

This work calls in to question the cultures of collecting and in particular the tradition of porcelain rooms. In the 18th century, there was a race to discover the alchemy of porcelain, whose secrets were only known to the ceramicists of China and the Far East. The social elite of Europe competed to show their wealth and connoisseurship by assembling their porcelain collections where every surface was covered with examples of this ceramic treasure.


The artist through the New Art Centre.

Venue details

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Centre Square, Middlesbrough Cleveland TS1 2AZ 01642 726720 www.visitmima.com/

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