6 October 2011 to 19 February 2012
Grayson Perry acts as both artist and curator for this major British Museum exhibition.
A memorial to makers and builders, the show explores themes of craftsmanship and sacred journeys, from shamanism and holy relics to motorbikes and contemporary culture.
The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
The exhibition contains new work by Perry, as well as some existing work that’s never been shown before.
At the heart of the display is his extraordinary new creation The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, a decorated cast-iron coffin-ship commemorating forgotten artists.
Grayson Perry as Curator
“I invite you to view these artefacts by reading them through my lens”The show also features an eclectic range of British Museum objects selected by Perry, from Polynesian fetishes to a pre-historic hand axe and 20th-century badges.
“I invite you to view these artefacts by reading them through my lens,” he explains. “I am not a historian, an archaeologist or an ethnographer. I am an artist and this is principally an art exhibition.
“I have made my choices of objects from the BM collection because of their connections with each other and with my own work.”
Times: 06 Oct 2011 – 19 Feb 2012 Mon – Thu, Sat, Sun 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM; Fri 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day
Venue: British Museum
Great Russell Street
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8000