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New unauthorised Banksy exhibition to open in Brussels in June

Illustration picture shows a press viewing of the 'Banksy. The Brussels Show' expo at the 'Galerie Deodato' gallery in Brussels, with works by street artist Banksy, Wednesday 24 March 2021. (BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ)
07:08 22/04/2021

A new exhibition presenting works by British street artist Banksy will open on the Grand Place in Brussels from 10 June.

The exhibition - "Banksy: Genius or Vandal" – contains about 100 pieces, including 70 authenticated works from private collections around the world. The exhibition explores key events in the artist's career, including artistic commentaries on political life, expanding militarisation, forced labour and consumerism.

The show, organised by events companies Exhibition Hub and Fever, will immerse visitors in Banky’s art in a large multimedia room with 360-degree projection screens developed for the occasion.

Several original works, sculptures, videos and photographs will also be on display. Most of them come from private collections and are on display for the first time in Belgium. The organisers make it clear that this is an unofficial event, as the artist himself has not endorsed the exhibition.

"Banksy encourages reflection but ultimately lets his viewers decide for themselves," explained the exhibition's curator, Alexander Nachkebiya. "His work is current and complete, his images nestle in our minds. I think that makes him a real genius," he added.

The exhibition has already been presented in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Hong Kong, Milan and Las Vegas, among others.

Written by Nick Amies