Exhibition

Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

6 Oct 2011 – 19 Feb 2012

Regular hours

Thursday
10:00 – 20:30
Friday
10:00 – 20:30
Saturday
10:00 – 17:30
Sunday
10:00 – 17:30
Monday
10:00 – 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:30

Cost of entry

£10, concessions available

British Museum

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Holborn (500m), Tottenham Court Road (300m), Russell Square (800m), Goodge Street (800m)

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Grayson Perry curates an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history from the British Museum's collection.

He'll take you to an afterlife conjured from his imaginary world, exploring a range of themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys -- from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture.

Vases covered in witty captions, elaborate tapestries and the centrepiece, a richly decorated cast iron coffin-ship, will be displayed alongside objects from the past two million years of culture and civilisation. From the first great invention, the hand axe, to a Hello Kitty pilgrim hand-towel, you will discover a reality that is old and new, poetic and factual, and funny as well as grim.

'This is a memorial to all the anonymous craftsmen that over the centuries have fashioned the manmade wonders of the world? The craftsman's anonymity I find especially resonant in an age of the celebrity artist.'
Grayson Perry RA, Turner Prize winner

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