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Grayson Perry: <EM>Matching Pair,</EM> 2017
Grayson Perry: Matching Pair, 2017
Grayson Perry: Folk Wisdom
HELSINKI, FINLAND  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma  •  13 April - 2 September 2018
 

Grayson Perry explores subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality and religion. He is a great chronicler of contemporary life, yet he favours traditional materials and techniques such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry.

The artist speaks openly and unabashedly about his own identity and there is a strong autobiographical element in his work. During childhood, he retreated into a private world of fantasy, and in his teens Perry discovered his predilection for cross-dressing. His female alter-ego Claire and his childhood teddy bear Alan Measles appear in many of his works.

Perry is celebrated for his ability to combine highly crafted objects with scenes of contemporary life. His subject matter is drawn from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues from class, sex and religion, masculinity and the current cultural and political landscape.

Folk Wisdom includes Perry’s important recent work Matching Pair, 2017 – two monumental pots – which were made about Brexit and the battle between those who voted for Britain to leave the EU and those who wished to remain. They were created following an appeal by Perry through social media, when he invited the public to contribute ideas, images, phrases and photographs to represent the things people loved about Britain, their favourite brands, who represented their values and their thoughts about Brexit. That they look remarkably similar is, according to Perry, ‘a good result, for we all have much more in common than that which separates us.’



Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Website


Contact:

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland


Tel: (358) 294 500 50

Nathaniel Mellors &amp; Erkka Nissinen: <EM>The Aalto Natives</EM>
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen: The Aalto Natives
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen: The Aalto Natives
HELSINKI, FINLAND  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma  •  16 March - 9 September 2018
 

The Aalto Natives showcases artist duo Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors who represented Finland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. 

The Aalto Natives video installation is a humorous yet critical examination of Finnish identity that involves creativity, nerdy humour and a cast of national celebrities. The work reflects on themes such as national identity, creation myths and nationalism.

The video installation tells the story of two aliens named Geb and Atum who return to explore a place they created millions of years ago, Finland. The aliens are especially interested in the society and culture that has developed in Finland in the meantime. The new installations in Kiasma continue the story of the video: many of the animated puppets from the video are featured in the new installations.



Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Website


Contact: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: (358) 294 500 50



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