Grayson Perry has called this exhibition The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, and then he says, well actually that would be an equally good name for the entire British Museum. This is a fantastic show, in which Perry has included works he has made alongside the objects in the Museum’s collection which inspired him.
Perry shows just how the ideas and motivations which have occupied people are the same across centuries and continents, birth, love, sex, status, death, and the search for meaning. Our similarities are so much greater than our differences, and standing looking at some really ancient piece from the museum next to something by Perry addressing the same issue, it makes you feel closer to people from the past. Perrrys motorbike is at the entrance to the exhibition, it is beautifully garish and mental, and has the word humility painted on the side. Humility is a quality Perry brings to the whole exhibition.. his own work complements and brings out the quality in the exhibits from other craftsmen in a brilliant way, but he does not dominate.
This exhibition is on til February and is a must see if you can. It was very busy when I went round,over and I kept overhearing people giggling.