7 April - 20 May, 2017.
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina gallery N
Opening: Friday | 7 April, 2017 | 8 p.m.
Producers: The British Council (BC), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (MCAV)
Curator from MCAV: Sanja Kojić Mladenov
The British Council, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina and KPMG are pleased to announce the exhibition of British artist Grayson Perry ’’The Vanity of Small Differences’’ which will be held from 7th April to 20th May. Novi Sad, being 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 cooperation with the museums in this region in order to present the best of the British contemporary art and to improve the museum practices and invigorate the exchange of experiences of the UK and our experts through the work on preparation and realisation of the project.
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 untimely 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 somewhat recalls the works of early Renaissance and inspires the artistic, as well as socio-political exploration.
Grayson Perry is one of the most celebrated British contemporary artists of his generation, known for his ceramics, sculpture, drawings, graphics and tapestries, as well as for unconventional gender identity and eccentric, female alter-ego, Claire. He was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2003. He uses the experience 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 and 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, with suport from Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, City of Novi Sad Directorate for Culture and KPMG.
Entrance is free.
Miloš Neštović | BC | firstname.lastname@example.org | M +381 (0)63 7231 456
Sanja Kojić Mladenov | MSUV | email@example.com | M +381 (0)64 1419 235
ABOUT GRAYSON PERRY:
Grayson Perry (b. 1960) was born in Chelmsford, Essex and lives and works in London. He is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists and has had major solo exhibitions at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, (2015 – 2016), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, (2015), The British Museum, London (2011), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2007), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), Barbican Art Gallery, London (2002) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002). Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003.
Grayson Perry -
The Vanity of Small