Street Art Today was among the lucky ones who where present at the official opening of ‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition in the Beurs van Berlage. In association with Brand New Expo, curator and Banksy’s former agent Steve Lazarides, offer the unique opportunity to see authentic work of Banksy in Amsterdam by bringing together a collection of over 85 pieces. Although the artist is active worldwide, Banksy’s work has never appeared on walls or in streets in the Netherlands. For the first time a wide range of Banksy’s iconic works becomes accessible to his Dutch and international fans.
‘The Art of Banksy’ presents almost a hundred of Banksy’s original works. The works are displayed in installations that include reconstructed London streets, underground stations, living rooms and even Banksy’s studio. The rough walls of the Beurs van Berlage’s basement, some of the darker corridors and the secret bar are definitely an addition to the vibe of the whole experience.
‘The Art of Banksy’ shows how Banksy’s work remains provocative outside its original context and provides food for thought. What the exhibition does not do is reveal who or what Banksy is. This question has intrigued the art world since the early 1990s. Nevertheless, Britain’s Banksy pops up all over the world with humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes challenging works, which he places in public spaces to rattle the establishment’s cage—usually by spraying images and messages on walls using stencils.
Banksy is known for his anti-capitalism message and the mirror he delights in holding up to the human race. His last maor work was Dismaland, the decaying ‘anti-fun park’ erected in the summer of 2015 on the British coast near Bristol, which attracted 150,000 visitors within a month.
Dates: 18 June – 30 September 2016
Address: Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 234, Amsterdam
Open daily from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Fridays to 9.00 p.m.