Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, exhibition at the British Museum


This is the tomb of the unknown craftsman and it’s a memorial to all the anonymous skilled
individuals who’ve made all the things in the British
Museum I think people still come to museums to see
the actual thing made and touched by the craftsmen of history and marvel at their skill They’ll be at least maybe a hundred objects
from the museum collection in my exhibition I’m choosing them like art I just love that object just on a purely aesthetic
level This pot is as much about the British Museum
as anything all these faces are like personalities from
all over the world all periods sort of staring back What’s interesting about their custom bikes
scene is that it is a relevant and thriving example
of custom craftmanship for the customer in the same way as a suit of armour or an embroidered robe
would have been for a Tudor King People who come to this show they’re on a
kind of pilgrimmage They’re coming in reverence to perhaps a not
so long ago generation of people who worked making things but on a wider thing they come and see an
exhibition celebrating all the beautiful things at the
Britihsh Museum and some other things I’ve made to go with
them

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