Art or vandalism? There are different opinions when it comes to the controversial work of Banksy. Some label his work as pure vandalism. After all, he dirtied a lot of walls where he simply wasn’t permitted to do so. But probably the majority of the people consider his work as art. This view is supported by the high prices that art galleries get offered for his work and also the fact that musea all over the world incorporate his work in their collections.
Banksy is the pseudonym of the British artist, political activist and painter. There is little certainty about his true identity. Most sources indicate that his real name is Robin Gunningham who was born in Bristol(1974). He started out as a freehand graffiti artist but his work quickly caught the media’s attention. Later on he discovered the art of stencelling, he found out that he could complete a piece in a significant shorter period of time. Banksy’s work is well known for his striking and humoristic approach. He includes subjects in his work such as monkeys, policemen, children, rats, soldiers and the elderly. His message can mostly be labeled as anti-capitalist, anti-war or anti-establishment.
‘Laugh Now’ at Moco Museum
You can now visit the exhibition ‘Laugh Now’ that contains around 50 original works by this Street Art-legend. For the first time in history there is a Banksy exhibition in a museum. Moco museum is displaying all his famous works like Laugh Now, Barcode, Girl with Balloon, Kids on Guns, Pulp Fiction, Flower Thrower, Monkey Queen, Kate Moss, Bomb Hugger, Soup Can and many more.The main piece during this exhibition is the painting “Beanfield”, which is 2,5 x 3,5 meters. This piece has not been on display since 2009. A very important canvas that characterises Banksy as an activist artist. He is well known for his outdoor art. You can find his pieces of street art all around the world. In London you can even buy maps marking the locations where you can find these pieces of art, which are mostly protected. Not everyone knows that Banksy also makes art for indoors. Original and unique works on canvas, wood and paper.
At Moco museum you will find his indoor art, owned by collectors who bought these pieces at Banksy’s exhibitions in the past. There are also a few pieces at Moco that were rescued from the rubble of buildings that were torn down.