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.
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.
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