Monday, 7 November 2011

Grayson Perry Exhibition

On Sunday, I visited Grayson Perry's, 'The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen' installation at the British Museum. The former winner of the Turner prize, curated an installation highlighting beautiful artefacts from the British Museum, made by unknown craftsmen and women over time, from across the globe.

Perry explores a number of themes from pilgrimages to shamanism, motorbikes to holy relics, and intersperses them with his own creations included his infamous ceramics covered in popular culture slogans.

As you reach the top of the stairs of the British Museum, you are greeted with a flamboyant motorbike, covered in hearts, frills and flowers in pastel shades. This is the eccentrically designed bike that Grayson Perry drove to Chelmsford's twinned town of Backnang, Germany. Needless to say, it must have caused quite a stir en route.

However, the highlight of the show was Alan Measles, who played a starring role. Alan Measles is Grayson Perry's teddy bear who features heavily in his work, and was named after his childhood best friend, at a time when he was suffering from measles. In this exhibition, we see Alan Measles depicted as a God, aside a motorbike (above), and you can even find him on Twitter.

It was a fantastically varied and interesting exhibition, and one which I would highly recommend.

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