Grayson Perry. Fitting In and Standing Out

  • 11 November 2022–26 March 2023
  • The National Museum – The Light Hall

Sir Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s most celebrated and internationally acclaimed artists. His works are now shown at the National Museum, in his first-ever solo exhibition in Norway.

Great diversity

The exhibition offers insight into Grayson Perry’s artistic practice from the 1980s to the present. It includes ceramics, sculptures in wood and metal, prints, monumental tapestries and embroideries. His interest in crafts and the culture of objects is also highlighted. Seen together, the works and genres in all their diversity represent central themes in Perry’s art.

Exposing and challenging

Perry’s personal and interpersonal views on society are featured prominently in the exhibition. The works revolve around themes such as identity, social classes, gender roles and consumer society. His art exposes and challenges society’s norms, values and taboos, all of which are structures that influence how we see and express ourselves – and how we are seen by others.


Turner Prize winner

In 2003, Sir Grayson Perry won the prestigious Turner Prize for his innovative pictorial stories and his incisive satirical depictions of English cultural and social life. Coming from the field of fine art, he began experimenting with ceramics as an artistic expression in the 1980s. Although Perry now works in a range of media, it is his ceramic vases painted with humorous and provocative stories that have become his trademark.

In connection with Charles III New Years Honours 2023 Grayson Perry was awarded Order of the British Empire, for his artistic work and community engagement. 

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Film courtesy Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Filmmaker: Ed Prosser

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Film courtesy of TATE

The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Museum, Grayson Perry and the The Victoria Miro Gallery in London.

The exhibition is supported by AKO Foundation.


Curator: Knut Astrup Bull. Curator Education: Dimitra Christidou. Project leader: Silje Hyenes Lysne. Communication coordinator: Beate Orten. Press: Alv Hågård Gustavsen. Marketing: Christian Kraugerud Søberg. Graphic Design: Nina Magnus. Registrar: Frank Messel. Head Techinician: Erik Krog. Conservators: Eva Düllo, Christina Iversen, Maren Midtdal. Light Design: Magnus Mikaelsen. Exhibition design: Torsteinsen Design. 

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