THE ART OF BANKSY EXHIBITION
Meir 78 2000 Antwerpen 1
Start Fri, 10.03.17 13:30
The Art of Banksy
From January 14th – March 19th 2017
At the Shopping Stadsfeestzaal in Antwerp
Bringing the historic streets of London to the steps of Antwerp, the exhibition will take visitors on a sort of journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artists’ off-street masterpieces.
Most famously known for his stencilling technique, Banksy’s artwork combines dark humour with underlying political messages and social themes, which have made him one of the biggest contemporary artists of our time.
More than eighty works by the controversial artist will be shown in high-tech display installations in The Art of Banksy. The works come from Lazarides’s own collection and other private collectors. The Art of Banksy explores the enduring relevance of Banksy’s work outside its original context and provides considerable food for thought.
Curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides, the exhibition presents the largest collection of Banksy artworks to reach Antwerp.
From January 14 until March 19 the Shopping Stadsfeestzaal will fall under Banksy’s spell. The work of the world’s most famous – or most notorious – street art artist has been brought together by the artists’ former manager Steve Lazaridis. Alongside other well-known Banksy works, Lazarides has selected a couple of the artist’s most talked about and topical artworks, including the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Kate Moss’ and ‘Media’. ‘We are also showing a selection of photos that place the work in the right context,’ says Lazarides. ‘I took them myself during the collaboration with Banksy and they have never been shown before.’
What the exhibition does not do is reveal who or what Banksy is. Is he a lone artist? Is it a collective? These are questions that have intrigued the art world since the early 1990s. How does the British Banksy manage to pop up all over the world and rock the establishment with the humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes provocative works he places in public spaces? Generally by using stencils to spray images and messages on walls (including the Palestinian side of the dividing wall with Israel), but also by hanging his own works in museums under the curators’ noses, as he did in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum in London.
All pieces included in The Art of Banksy exhibition are original works and limited edition screenprints by Banksy himself, which are all unique in their form.
“This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again. Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim.”
– Steve Lazarides –
Istanbul Entertainment Group (IEG) produces The Art of Banksy Exhibition. IEG oversees national and international projects across the globe with a main focus on cultural and entertainment management. Working with the world’s leading institutions, IEG has produced various exhibitions in Turkey and continues to advice institutions and museums.
From 14 January – 19 March 2017
Shopping Stadsfeestzaal, Meir 78, 2000 Antwerp
Open daily from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Box offices Closes at 6.30 pm > Exhibition Closes at 7pm.
Adults: box office: € 19,50, Online: 17,50
Students and seniors (65+): € 14,50
Children (age 6 - 16): € 8.50
Family Tickets: 39,50 € for 4 persons (max. 2 adults, children 6 to 16 years, max. 4 persons per ticket)
Children below the age of 6 can enter the exhibition for Free but have to be accompanied by an adult.
More info on www.theartofbanksy.be.