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Grayson Perry: One of the UK’s most renowned contemporary artists will be presented in his full range to a Norwegian audience
Grayson Perry’s first-ever solo exhibition in Norway opens on the 11th of November. The exhibition will allow visitors to become better acquainted with one of the UK’s most celebrated and internationally acclaimed artists
“Grayson Perry. Fitting In and Standing Out”
The National Museum, the Light Hall
11 November 2022–23 March 2023
Press preview: Tuesday, 8 November, 11:00
Artist Grayson Perry, curator Knut Astrup Bull, director Karin Hindsbo and director of Exhibitions and Collections Stina Högkvist will be present. Media is asked to register their attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00hrs, 7 November.
According to Grayson Perry, “Pottery is my gimmick.”
But just as the artist himself, the exhibition “Grayson Perry. Fitting In and Standing Out” is wide-ranging and will in addition to ceramics include wood and metal sculptures, prints, monumental tapestries, and embroidery. A recurring theme is the provocatively humorous pictorial stories that are a trademark for Perry, who started experimenting with ceramics in the 1980s.
In the UK, Grayson Perry is equal parts lauded artist and national treasure. In addition to acclaimed exhibitions, he has written books, made documentaries and award-winning television series, and is regarded as one of the UK’s most influential cultural personalities.
- Perry’s personal and compassionate view of society will come to the fore in the exhibition, notes the exhibition’s curator Knut Astrup Bull.
- His works revolve around topics such as identity, class, gender roles, and the consumer society. His art uncovers and challenges social norms, values, and taboos, structures that affect how we perceive ourselves and how we act – and how others see us.
Perry has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the British Museum and Serpentine Gallery in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, La Monnaie, Paris, Kiasma, Helsinki, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa. His works have been acquired by institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The British Museum, Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as the National Museum in Oslo.
In 2003 Perry won the prestigious Turner Prize for his innovative pictorial stories and his sharp, satirical look at English culture and society. He has been awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
- The National Museum aims to be a world-class art venue, says Karin Hindsbo, the museum’s director.
- Exhibitions with internationally acclaimed artists such as Grayson Perry are a part of this. Norwegian art history will continue to be the museum’s backbone, but it is both natural and important to supplement with international references as well.
“Grayson Perry. Fitting In and Standing Out” provides a glimpse into Grayson Perry’s diverse artistic output from the 1980s until the present.
The exhibition will run until 26 March 2023.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is the largest art museum in the Nordics. The collection contains 400,000 objects ranging from the antiquity to the present day and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, textiles, furniture and architectural models. The new museum building opened in June 2022. At the National Museum visitors can experience a comprehensive Collection presentation of around 6,500 works, as well as a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and events.