Edmund de Waal at Schindler House
De Waal's exhibition wil respond directly to the materials and spaces of the West Coast modernist house
This autumn, Edmund de Waal will make his first architectural intervention in the US with an exhibition at the Schindler House in Los Angeles opening on 15 September 2018.
The Schindler House is a masterpiece of West Coast modernism, built in 1922 in West Hollywood by Viennese émigré architect, Rudolph Schindler. Conceived as a modular, changeable live-work building for two families, it became a site of forward-thinking aesthetic, cultural and political activity, frequented by architects, dancers and artists from Frank Lloyd Wright to John Cage.
'The Schindler House is an idea about beginnings. It stands as an attempt to create a place for both cooperative living and cooperative practice, to reset the conditions in which a modern family could live and experiment. The last decades of travelling to Vienna have made me think of what it might mean to be an émigré and build a house, to question what you bring with you when you start again so definitively' – Edmund de Waal
The exhibition will include recent works which respond directly to the materials and spaces of the house, and a sound piece conceived with the composer, Simon Fisher Turner, 'a layered memory soundscape of Vienna through its Raumplan, its volumes.’ A special recording of Anton Webern’s Drei Kleine Stucke (Three Little Pieces), Op.11 by cellist Matthew Barley has been commissioned especially for the exhibition.
An exhibition of works by Edmund de Waal entitled the poems of our climate will go on show at Gagosian San Francisco from 20 September – 3 November 2018.