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'Banksy Unauthorised' takes over old Brussels supermarket
Banksy is in Brussels - with an unofficial exhibition featuring 60 works from the mysterious street artist, on display in a disused supermarket.
Banksy Unauthorised is curated by the artist's former agent, Steve Lazarides, and has been brought to Brussels by Strokar Inside, a street-art collective which recently took over a disused Delhaize store in Ixelles and has transformed it into a temple of urban art.
The exhibit will spend two months in Brussels, after stops in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Berlin, Toronto and Auckland. It opens this Thursday, 8 November, and is due to finish on 30 December.
The €15 entry fee has reportedly upset the artist and his team. "I got in touch with Banksy and his team to tell them that we were going to host this exhibition," said Strokar Inside co-founder Fred Atax.
"I asked them if they had any objections. They said they did not agree with the exhibition because we're charging people to see it.
"I told them: they may be millionaires, but we aren't. We can't afford to put on this show otherwise."
Part of the profits will be donated to an art school project in Cape Verde. Among the pieces on display is the famous Girl with Balloon, plus sculptures, paintings, disc covers and 25 photographs on display for the first time.