While the identity of Banksy continues to remain under wraps, it is no secret that The Art of Banksy exhibition has been a huge hit in Melbourne. Due to overwhelming public demand, the exhibition has been extended until Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Known as one of the leading contemporary artists of his generation, The Art of Banksy is the only chance to see this amazing collection of Banksy’s artwork in Australia. Curated by Steve Lazarides, former manager of Banksy, the works come from his own collection and other private collectors.
It is a unique experience not to be missed with more than 80 original works on display, presenting the largest collection of Banksy artwork to ever draw upon Australia. As well as being immersed amongst some of Banksy’s original works, including the iconic Girl with Balloon, Flag Wall and Laugh Now pieces, visitors can also take in the artwork displayed by some of Melbourne’s local artists, such as Adnate, Kaffeine and Sirum.
If that doesn’t quench your thirst, craft beers and summer favourite cocktails will be served at the exhibition’s own Circle summer Bar and visitors can chill out and relax in the huge Railyard Beer Garden area – The Art of Banksy really is the perfect destination in Melbourne, a must see this January!
Inspired by the streets of London, the exhibition takes visitors on an artistic adventure, exploring the mind of Banksy and his satirical street art. Famous for his graffiti stencilling technique, Banksy’s artwork combines dark humour with underlying political messages and social themes, and is arguably the most famous, yet enigmatic artist to dominate the contemporary world.
“This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again,” said Lazarides. “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.”
The exhibition will fascinate those who visit but the identity of the artist will continue to remain undisclosed – it will not reveal who or what Banksy is. Is he a lone artist? Is it a collective?
“The Art Of Banksy will serve as a welcome reminder of the explosive impact of the artist’s works, and of the powerful potential of street art. And that can’t be a bad thing.” – Timeout
The Art of Banksy
The Paddock – Federation Square, Melbourne
Exhibition continues to Tuesday 31 January 2017
Information and Bookings: www.theartofbanksy.com.au
Image: Banksy, Girl with Balloon (supplied)