European premiere for THE ART OF BANKSY
From 18 June to 30 September 2016, iconic work by street art enigma Banksy will be showing in Amsterdam. Banksy’s former agent and gallerist, Steve Lazarides, has brought together a sizeable collection of the artist’s work, which is being shown for the first time in Europe in the Beurs van Berlage, in association with the Dutch company Brand New Expo. Displayed in installations that include reconstructed London streets, underground stations, living rooms and even Banksy’s studio, THE ART OF BANKSY presents almost a hundred of his original works to tell the controversial artist’s story. Girl and Red Balloon and Laugh Now, once confrontational statements at the cutting edge of politics, graffiti and art, are now part of the largest Banksy collection ever exhibited in this manner.
“There are over 85 art pieces in the exhibition, which makes it the biggest show of Banksy. What we are doing is to make the whole scenario a unique and never seen experience. This exhibition shows that Banksy’s art is based on basic human needs and on Banksy’s understanding of freedom, and his sense of humor, which is what makes this exhibition so unique.” – Steve Lazarides
THE ART OF BANKSY shows how his work remains provocative outside its original context and provides food for thought. What the exhibition does not do is reveal who or what Banksy is. This question has intrigued the art world since the early 1990s. Nevertheless, Britain’s Banksy pops up all over the world with humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes challenging works, which he places in public spaces to rattle the establishment’s cage—usually by spraying images and messages on walls using stencils. For instance, Banksy made a wall painting of Steve Jobs in the refugee camp in Calais. The son of a Syrian migrant himself, Steve Jobs is shown with a sack on his back and an old Apple Macintosh computer in his right hand.
A new work by Banksy recently appeared opposite the French Embassy in London. It is an image inspired by the poster forthe musical Les Misérables in which Banksy pictures the girl crying from the effects of tear gas. It is a condemnation of the actions of the French police in the refugee camp in Calais.
Banksy is known for his anti-capitalism message and the mirror he delights in holding up to the human race. His last major work was Dismaland, the decaying ‘anti-fun park’ erected in the summer of 2015 on the British coast near Bristol, which attracted 150,000 visitors within a month. Although the artist is active worldwide, Banksy’s work has never appeared on walls or in streets in the Netherlands. For the first time THE ART OF BANKSY makes a wide range of his iconic works accessible to his Dutch and international fans.
Tickets are now available via http://www.ticketmaster.nl/artist/banksy-tickets/970340
THE ART OF BANKSY