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Grayson Perry In The Museum Of Contemporary Art

April 5, 2017


Opening: Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 08.00 p.m.

Duration: April 7th – May 20th, 2017

Producers British Council (BC), Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina (MSUV)

The British Council, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina and KPMG are pleased to announce the exhibition of the British artist Grayson Perry “The Vanity of Small Differences” which will be held from April 7th to May 20th. Novi Sad, as the European Capital of Culture 2021, is the first of the five western Balkans cities where the British Council is going to present this exhibition till the end of this year.

Following the huge success of the “New Religion” by Damien Hirst, this exhibition is the way in which the British Council continues its co-operation with museums in this region in order to present the best of the British contemporary art and to improve the museum practices and enhance the exchange of experiences of the UK and our experts through the work on project preparation and implementation.

The exhibition “The Vanity of Small Differences” consists of six monumental tapestries that explore the British fascination with style and class differences. Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s series of paintings, “A Rake’s Progress”, the tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell – starting from his infancy through his teenage years and on to his death in a car accident. The tapestries are rich in content, detail and colour and depict many eccentricities and peculiarities associated with the life in Great Britain – from interior design to British cuisine, political protests and celebrity gossips. The composition of each tapestry reminds somewhat of the works of early Renaissance and inspires the artistic, as well as socio-political studies.

Grayson Perry is one of the most famous British contemporary artists of his generation, recognised after his ceramics, sculptures, drawings, graphics and tapestries, as well as after unconventional gender identity and eccentric, female alter-ego, Claire. He was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2003. He uses the experiences of folk art and traditional crafts to create highly decorative works of intimate content, often disturbing the elitist divisions within the academic art scene and making it more open for experiments

“The Vanity of Small Differences” consists of six large-scale tapestries, eight prints of William Hogarth’s works, 20 facsimiles and three documentary films made during Perry’s travels through Britain in the preparatory phase of the project. The exhibition is jointly owned by the British Council Collection and Arts Council Collection managed by London’s Southbank Centre. It was a gift of the author and the “Victoria Miro” Gallery and was realised with the support of Channel 4 Television, Art Fund organisation, “Sfumato” Foundation and AlixPartners Company.

The exhibition is organised by the British Council and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in partnership with European Capital of Culture Novi Sad 2021, and with the support from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, City of Novi Sad Culture Department and KPMG.

Grayson Perry was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1960, and he lives and works in London. He is one of the best known British contemporary artists and has had major solo exhibitions at some of the largest world museums and galleries such as the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Aarhus (2015 – 2016), Museum of Contemporary Art in, Sydney (2015), The British Museum in London (2011), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan (2007), Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (2006), Barbican Art Gallery in London (2002) and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2002).