Once again last October, Banksy gave proof of his genius in contrasting the art market and the establishment, by hiding a shredding mechanism within the frame of his artwork, he managed to destroy one of his newly sold paintings at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
To this British street artist, whose identity remains absolutely mysterious, the Mudec – Museo delle Culture di Milano (via Tortona 56) dedicates an exhibition open until April 15, 2019. “The Art of Banksy. A Visual Protest”, is the title of the exhibition. It exposes over 70 works including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and murals (the latter presented through video) that guide the audience within the work life of the street writer, a world dominated by political, cultural and ethical issues.
The curator Gianni Mercurio, decided to divide the exhibition into different sections focusing on categories and themes. A very useful choice, to allow the understanding of Banksy’s works is the introductory section illustrating the artistic movements that inspired him, including the 50’s and 60’s Situationist Movement, the Atelier Populaire (the student collective that in May 1968 spread through numerous posters the themes of the protest on the walls of Paris), the graffiti writers and graffiti artists of the 70’s and 80’s (including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat to whom Banksy dedicated two famous works) and the Post punk movement.
Above: Banksy, Trolley Hunters