Tag Archive | Temporary exhibition

Grayson Perry tapestries arrive

Grayson Perry’s tapestry series ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ arrived from Manchester Art Gallery on Tuesday. The only way to move the very long crates into the museum was by carrying them in through the front doors and up the stairs. Hard work as you can see from the pictures! They’re all safely here now and we can’t wait to hang the tapestries with the Arts Council Collection next week.

Unloaded the Grayson Perry tapestries from the lorry

Carrying the Grayson Perry tapestries up the stairs  The Grayson Perry tapestries arrive through the main entrance doors

To find out more about ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ tapestries you can also download the Grayson Perry app (£1.99 from the app store). This lets you see the tapestries up-close and listen to Grayson Perry talking about each one, exploring the symbolism and making of the works. It’s a fascinating insight into the artist’s thinking.

We’ll also be installing the Grayson Perry pot in our collection, ‘Who Am I?’, and the fabrics that he designed for Liberty’s. Both the pot and the fabric design are typical of Perry’s work, having a deceptively attractive appearance which contrasts with their often subversive or challenging subject matter.

‘Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences’ opens on 14th February and is on until 11th May in gallery 20 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition is free to visit, for more information visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3073

Katie Hall,
Exhibitions Officer

Photorealism – Installing the exhibition

We’ve been extremely busy in the last couple of weeks – sadly we’ve had to say farewell to the Gruffalo but we’ve repainted the Gas Hall in blue and red, unpacked a lot of Photorealism paintings and started to hang them on the walls. The paintings are really astonishing to see up close and it’s exciting to see the exhibition start to take shape. It’s not finished yet but our technicians are hard at work getting everything ready to open this Saturday!

The Gruffalo waiting to be packed away

Paintings ready to be hung on the wall

Painting of toy cars

Technicians hanging a painting on the wall

A painting being condition checked

Technicians measuring a large painting

‘Photorealism: 50 years of hyper-realistic paintings’ opens on Saturday 30th November and is on until 30th March 2014. For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2740

Katie Hall,
Exhibitions Officer