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Grayson Perry: Small Differences

May 13, 2015 – July 26, 2015

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul


Bravo, Pera Museum. An exhibition of the powerhouse contemporary artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry in Turkey is long overdue. But Perry fans, the wait is over.

The spring–summer exhibition at Pera is organised in collaboration with the British Council and curated by Linsey Young from the council’s Visual Arts Team. Comprising tapestries, ceramics and prints, the show aims to reflect Perry’s unrelenting fascination with issues of religion, class and identity.

Perry’s largest single body of work to date, ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ (pictured), composed of six tapestries from the British Council Collection, will also be exhibited. Each measuring two metres high by four metres wide, they were inspired by William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’ paintings from the 18th century. In Perry’s tapestries, the central character Tim Rakewell goes on a journey from working class roots to nouveau riche celebrity.


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