While Banksy’s identity may not be known, fans of the British street artist can get a little bit closer to his works at a new exhibition in Melbourne.
However, the 80-piece display – the largest collection of the Bansky’s works to be shown in Australia – does not actually have the approval of the elusive artist.
The exhibition is curated by Steve Lazarides, who had formerly been Banksy’s agent. However, Banksy’s website now notes that the artist is not “represented by Steve Lazarides or any other commercial gallery”. Some of the pieces are from Lazarides personal collection, but the artist had no involvement in the show, reports the Guardian. Lazarides told ABC in Australia that all the works were sold commercially and nothing was taken from the streets against Banksy’s wishes.
The Melbourne show won’t be limited to art, as there will also be food trucks and an outdoor area that will host live DJs on the weekends. The Art of Banksy Exhibition is on until 22 January at The Paddock in Federation Square. And while the exhibition’s website notes that, “Banksy is known for his anti-capitalism messages”, adult tickets to the show cost $30, and yes, there is a gift shop.