You’ve still got a chance to see Banksy’s original works up close — due to overwhelming public demand, The Art of Banksy exhibition has been extended until the end of January.
While the identity of Banksy remains under wraps, it’s no secret that The Art of Banksy exhibition has been a hit in Melbourne.
The exhibition is exclusive to Melbourne, making this your only chance to see this collection of Banksy’s artwork in Australia. There are more than 80 original works on display, making it the largest collection of Banksy artwork ever to be shown in this country.
Curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, the works come from his own collection, and from other private collectors.
“This exhibition is a one-off,” Lazarides says. “Never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again. 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.”
Inspired by the streets of London, the exhibition takes visitors on a tour of Banksy’s mind and his satirical street art. Perhaps the most famous, yet enigmatic, contemporary artist in the world, Banksy is known for his graffiti stencilling technique, dark humour, and underlying political messages and social themes.
As well as seeing some of Banksy’s most iconic works, including Girl with Balloon, Flag Wall and Laugh Now, visitors can also take in artwork displayed by Melbourne locals like Adnate, Kaffeine and Sirum.
Craft beers and summer cocktails will be served at the exhibition’s own bar, and visitors can chill out and relax in the huge Railyard Beer Garden area.
Residing at The Paddock, Federation Square (in the ‘dodgy car park’, behind the good car park, behind Federation Square), The Art of Banksy is open daily from 10am until Tuesday 31 January. For more info and tickets, visit theartofbanksy.com.au.