The Monnaie de Paris is organising the first major solo exhibition in France by the celebrated British artist Grayson Perry (born 1960, lives in London). Perry’s works in traditional materials such as ceramics, bronze, cast iron, printmaking and tapestry, offer an ironic and darkly humorous look at universal topics such as identity, gender, class, religion and sexuality.
Perry’s honest and candid unpacking of his own identity is part of what drives his appeal far beyond the confines of the art world. Autobiographical references – to the artist’s childhood, his family and his transvestite alter ego Claire – can be read in tandem with questions about décor and decorum, class and taste, and the status of the artist versus that of the artisan.
The exhibition will occupy the two floors of the Monnaie de Paris and be divided into ten themed chapters that reveal the artist’s interests.
A series of lectures on the countertypes of masculinity in contemporary society will be held during the duration of the exhibition.
Du 19 October 2018 to 3 February 2019
La Monnaie de Paris
11 Quai de Conti
Tuesdays to Sundays 11.00 - 19.00. Wednesdays until 21.00.
Full price €14 / discount €12 . Under 26 years old : €9.
Late opening rates every first Wednesday of each month 19.00 to 21.00 : €9 , free for visitors under 26 years old.
Comfort Blanket, 2014 Tapestry 290 x 800 cm 114 1/8 x 315 in © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro, London / Venice.
Grayson Perry, 2017 © Richard Ansett.
Kenilworth AM1, 2010 Custom-built motorcycle. Installation view, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, Serpentine Galleries, London, 2017 © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Venice.
Matching Pair, 2017 Glazed ceramic Diptych, each: 105 x 51 cm 41 3/8 x 20 1/8 in © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Venice.