The BM writes that Perry will ‘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.’
In a Guardian piece, Perry writes:
I was interested in what a museum such as the Met or the British Museum means, as a hub of learning, a world of wonder, a tourist magnet, a tool of cultural diplomacy, a site of pilgrimage, a place to take the kids on a wet bank holiday. I wanted to find out how the context of such an august institution affected the audience’s reaction to my art.
So I sent a proposal to Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum. I suggested a show presenting my civilisation [a pre-existing Perry show]alongside objects I would select from the museum collection. I called my idea The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, a title that could perhaps be applied to the whole museum because, after all, tombs are where a large proportion of the BM’s collection came from. I also wanted to celebrate the countless anonymous men and women who have crafted the marvels in the collection.
Grayson’s 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.
The show runs from October 6th – February 14th and I intend to head over as soon as I can. Find more information here.