Originally scheduled in March and then postponed due to the lockdown, The Art of Banksy ehxibition will open on 20th May 2021 and tickets are now on sale. The exibition has already welcome more than 750,000 visitors worldwide (from Melbourne, Amsterdam, to Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Auckland, Toronto, Miami, Gothenburg and Sydney) and is now available in the heart of London, Covent Garden, for all fans in UK.
None of the exhibitions made in the world has ever been authorized by the artist and neither is this one, however The Art of Banksy (where artworks are on loan from private collectors), features original and authenticated works: on display are prints, canvasses, screen prints, sculptures, unique works and limited-edition pieces mainly dated between the years 1997 to 2008, the period which resulted in Banksy’s most recognisable and well-known works.
Anticipated to be one of the stand-out shows of the spring, and coined as one not to be missed, The Art of Banksy is the world’s largest touring exhibition of Banksy artworks, hosting an array of unique pieces from the mysterious political activist, satirist and artist, who has spent most of the last three decades anonymously tagging the streets of the world.
On loan from private collectors across the globe, the colossal collection includes authenticated and certified Banksy artworks rarely seen by the general public, alongside iconic favourites such as HMV Dog and Girl and Balloon. World-famous pieces including Flower Thrower and Rude Copper will be hung among works rarely seen by the general public. Infamous prints, sculptures and limited editions will be scattered across the walls of a vast 12,000 square foot space in the heart of Covent Garden.
Following Banksy’s Show me the Monet artwork collecting over £7.5m at auction last month, public intrigue around one of the most talked-about artists of the 21st century seems to only be increasing. Decades of rumors continue to plague the headlines as the identity of this world record breaking artist remains a mystery, only fueling the global interest in this hotly anticipated London debut.
Although The Art of Banksy is not authorised or curated in collaboration with the artist himself, international specialist in the Street Art Genre, Chris Ford, successfully steps up to the mark of curator.
Chris was instrumental in developing the commercial rise of Banksy’s artwork in the secondary market, successfully placing multi-million-pound works into prestigious international collections.
Chris has co-curated a number of significant public and notable exhibitions including internationally touring show, The Art of Banksy (2014-2018), Banksy: Greatest Hits: 2002 – 2008 (London, 2018) and Street Art overview They Would Be Kings (2016) in association with Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
“This is a one-of-a-kind exhibition. Banksy is the most powerful and recognised artist of a generation, who has been completely ignored by the establishment thus far. There is no reason why there shouldn’t be a Banksy hanging in every single major contemporary art museum in the world.”Chris Ford, Curator of Art of Banksy
On sale now, tickets to this long-awaited exhibition are the perfect gift for any culture-seeker this Christmas. Guaranteed to be something to look forward to in 2021, book your ticket at artofbanksy.co.uk now. Social distancing and full Covid safety protocols will be in place at the vast 12,000-square-foot specially repurposed warehouse space in the heart of Covent Garden.
Where: 50 Earlham St, West End, London WC2H 9LJ
When: 20 May 2021 – 21 November 2021