Thursday, 16 February 2012


I finally made it down to the British Museum yesterday to see the much lauded Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition by Grayson Perry.

A couple of quotes stood out:

'Craftsmen make artefacts they think will appeal to visitors from abroad. Sometimes they get it wrong in a charming way. Creativity is often just mistakes.'

'I love fakes for they make us think about what it is we see in the authentic. About how much of our awe in front of a great historical artefact is in its inherent beauty and how much is to do with its auspicious provenance.'


The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman runs until the 26th February 2012. (Note that tickets are now near impossible to come by, but don't let that stop you trying - it is as good as the reviews say.)

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe from Zimbio