Sold Out produces a new exhibition on the iconoclastic British artist who has revolutionized contemporary art and whose identity remains unknown.
El Círculo de Bellas Artes opens its doors to the exhibition The Street is a Canvas, a new major exhibition in Madrid on the iconoclastic British artist who has revolutionized contemporary art and whose identity remains unknown.
BANKSY. The Street is a Canvas brings us closer to the controversial artistic universe of one of the most influential creators of recent years, through different thematic areas and more than 70 creations that include a selection of unique works executed with different techniques: oil or acrylic on canvas, spray on canvas and wood, limited edition serigraphs, stencils on metal or concrete, sculptures, installations, videos and photographs. A large part of the pieces, from international private collections, are exhibited in Madrid for the first time.
An immersive multimedia installation specially created for this exhibition will welcome the visitor, revealing clues about the mysterious artist, highlighting his most important pieces and framing his unusual career, not without controversy. Among the most recognized works in the exhibition is the original serigraph from the “Girl with a Balloon” series, similar to the one recently destroyed by the artist himself in an unprecedented action at Sotheby’s, the London auction house.
Who is Banksy?
Elusive, provocative, mysterious… Banksy, the British artist whose identity is still unknown, is considered one of the main exponents of contemporary Street Art. His works, often satirical, address universal themes such as politics, culture or ethics. The aura of mystery that, by choice and necessity, is perpetuated whenever Banksy is mentioned, has made him a mythical figure of our time.
Banksy employs a form of direct communication, rejecting the system and its rules. The artist addresses his audience without any filter, and his works are visual texts capable of informing and inspiring reflection. War, wealth and poverty, animals, globalization, consumerism, politics, power and environmentalism… the themes that Banksy explores are the themes of the world we live in.
From the trenches of the asphalt, Banksy has challenged the rules of the game of contemporary art. His visual protest has connected with a huge and heterogeneous public and today he is one of the most recognized and admired artists among art lovers and also among the younger generations.
In the words of Alexander Nachkebiya, curator of the Exhibition: “Banksy has become a phenomenon and is one of the most brilliant and important artists of our time. His work is a challenge to the system, a protest, an extremely well-constructed brand. , a mystery, a disobedience to the law… We want each visitor to this exhibition to be able to figure out for themselves who Banksy really is: a genius or a hooligan? An artist or a businessman? rebel? This new exhibition aims to show the depth of Banksy’s talent, its multiple layers and dimensions so that it is the visitors themselves who think and decide. His work, always current and very complete, delves into the soul of each one of us. I guess that all this makes him a genius for me.”
BANKSY. The Street is a Canvas is a co-production of Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, IQ Art Management and Sold Out, also responsible for the successful BANKSY exhibition. “Genius or Vandal?” visited by more than 600,000 people in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Madrid. BANKSY. “The Street is a Canvas” arrives in Madrid with unpublished works never seen in Spain.
BANKSY. The Street is a Canvas opens on December 3, 2020 and will remain in Madrid for a limited time.
Official page of the exhibition: www.banksyexhibition.es
This exhibition, like all those dedicated to Banksy before it, is not authorized by the artist, who seeks to defend his anonymity and his independence from the system.