Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

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Until Sun Feb 26 2012

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The Rosetta Vase, 2011 © Grayson Perry. Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London

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Grayson Perry is a joy, and this is such an appropriate concept for a show for him. He's brought colour and humour to the Museum, and in doing so has brought out some incredibly thoughtful themes and new perspectives. Also it's SO refreshing to have such unpretentious descriptions from the artist next to works - usually it's self-important nonsense. May he never have to return to a white cube!


Excellent, intelligent show. Interesting to watch other people slowly start to smile, as they 'get' Perry's wit. Some thoughtful juxtapositions of old & new - well worth seeing, and free to members

jane farrell

Absolutely loved it! A very clever and talented guy. Loved the irony, humour and insight-great to leave an art exhibition laughing, and for all the right reasons.


Loved the juxtaposition of the museum's artefacts with Perry's witty art

Liam O'Farrell

Perry has placed his own modern works amongst objects found in the collection of The British Museum. You will also find the conventional low light and ubiquitous solemn feel of any other exhibition of ancient artefacts one might see, and at a distance, you cannot differentiate his works from those of the museum. He makes no apology for this, he makes the most of this mix and match approach. It takes you by surprise because on closer inspection, you see Perry’s unique style in pottery, sculpture and tapestry. He has a crisp, keen eye and a rapier wit in his work, though still maintaining an intellect and insight which makes one take it all the more seriously. More on my blog if you are interested