If you have been to revolver and ever looked around, you’ll be sure to notice a plethora of stencils on the wall. This is the work of UK based artist, Banksy and his work is coming to Melbourne for an exclusive exhibition!
If the exhibition is occurring, is it legal and will banksy show then!? The answer is no and it’s not all above board with the artist himself. The Art of Banksy, which opens on October 7th, is an entirely unauthorized exhibition, curated by his former manager, Steve Lazarides.
The Art of Banksy retrospective is the biggest collection of his work to ever to visit Australia. It features 80 works owned by private collectors across the globe. Iconic pieces, including Girl with Balloon and Laugh Now, will be on show from October 7 until January 22 at a makeshift exhibition space at The Paddock behind Federation Square.
It’s fitting that The Art of Banksy will open in the street art capital of Australia. Complementing the exhibition will be a showcase of some of the country’s best-known and most incendiary street artists, including Adnate, Bailer, Heesco, Makatron and Ruskidd. And if it couldn’t get more Melbourne, the exhibition will also feature a rotating selection of food trucks, courtesy of Welcome to Thornbury, a bar, and live DJs in a space called ‘The Railyard’.
Whether Banksy himself would approve of having a move like this pulled on him or not, there’s no doubt that 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.