31 March—24 June 2018

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Six large tapestries exploring the British fascination with taste and class by one of the UK’s best-known and best-loved artists.

Inspired by Hogarth’s morality tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the socially-mobile life of fictional character Tim Rakewell from infancy to untimely death.

Made in parallel with a Channel 4 documentary series, All in the Best Possible Taste, they are crammed with acutely-observed detail and invite us all to consider our own attitudes to class and our positions in society.

The exhibition also includes a number of works from our own collections, including historical ceramics, and the original Rake’s Progress print series by William Hogarth and David Hockney.

A specially designed guide will take you on a journey around the museum in search of historic motifs found in the tapestries, and you can hear perspectives from experts in very different fields through newly created audio.

Keep an eye out on the website for news on exhibition tours.

 

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council © the artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank exhibition sponsors:
Bonomini, Resource Solutions Group Plc and UWE Bristol.

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