Grayson Perry, Battle of Britain, 2017, Tapestry, 302.7 x 701 cm, Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary, Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro, London (photograph Stephen White)
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Grayson Perry takes Paris

The work of the British artist Grayson Perry fits in quite well, in many ways, with what are regarded as typical characteristics of ‘Britishness’. 

The eccentricity of his femme alter ego Clare, for instance, but also the anarchic content of his autobiographies, books and television programmes show the feisty spirit of an independent mind. 

What’s perhaps less obvious from his public persona, is the close connection Perry maintains with true artisan craftsmanship, as seen in his ceramics. 

In October 2018, La Monnaie, the Paris museum housed in the city’s former minting institution, will host the first retrospective celebrating Perry’s oeuvre, while focusing especially on his ceramics, his bronze works and his large tapestries. 

The artist’s artisanal work, which tends to revolve around his major themes –identity, gender, class, religion and sexuality – will be exhibited. Always taking an anthropological approach, Perry examines the tastes, traditions and rituals of today, while never disregarding their roots in the past. 

Paris - British artist Grayson Perry and his femme alter ego, Claire, hits La Monnaie this October with an exhibition hosting the first retrospective celebrating Perry’s oeuvre, while focusing especially on his ceramics, his bronze works and his large t
Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope Rosetta Vase - Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry, Gay Black Cats MC, 2017, Cotton fabric and embroidery appliqué, 97 x 148 cm, Edition of 150 plus 10 artist’s proofs, Courtesy the artist (photograph Stephen White) © Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry, Puff Piece, 2016, Glazed ceramic, 74 x 34 cm, Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London (photograph Stephen White) © Grayson Perry Grayson Perry, photographed above the White Clffs of Dover on St George's Day, 2017
Grayson Perry, Installation view. Image © 2017 Robert Glowacki

Placing his work in the Monnaie building, therefore, brings that tension, that patchwork of Britishness,to the foreground even more. Paris, too, is one of those European cities where tradition and modernity are in a constant dynamic, that is also apparent in the two La Réserve locations in the City of Light: the hotel and spa that fuses Haussmanian elegance and Jacques Garcia’s eye for design artisanship in rooms and suites with a modern luxury feel; and the apartments that ooze a contemporary classicism. 

Take your inner Clare on an intellectual and aesthetic spin from the cultural commentary at La Monnaie to the lush amenities at La Réserve and indulge in being the most comfortable in your own skin as you can be. 

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