I have always been intrigued by the graffiti artist Banksy. His work is confronting but impressing. Years ago I saw a documentaire about him and ever since that I adore his work. So when I heard about an exhibition of his work in Amsterdam, I knew I had to go. Last sunday we went to see it, and today I want to tell you all about it.
For those of you who don’t know Banksy – something I almost can’t imagine – here is some info. For more than ten years, Banksy has been decorating the streets of European cities, but also places in the US and elsewhere. His graffiti is funny and provocative. Beside that Banksy is mysterious; only a few people (like his agent) know his real name. People never knew when a new piece was coming. The mystery, and the greatness of his pieces, made me loves his work.
Obviously graffiti isn’t easy to show in an exhibition. Most of his work is somewhere on a wall, and it isn’t possible to just move these. So I was curious how his work was showed in the exhibition. Photos? Remakes? Both, actually. In a basement of the Amsterdam ‘Beurs van Berlage’ was a path you could follow. Most of the pieces were reproducted on canvas or paper. There were also some photos. It’s too bad I couldn’t make photos at the exhibition to show in this post, because of some right. Anyway, on Banksy’s website you can also see lots of photos of his pieces.
I was really glad that we went to the exhibition. Yes, most of his work is able to see online, but the exhibition gives a different, and other experience. With every piece, there is information about what it means, what it was made, and more. I really like that. It doesn’t even matter that most of the pieces aren’t originals. I would totally recommend to visit the exhibition. I learned a lot more about the underlying meanings and thoughts.
These were all pieces that are in the exhibition as well, but I also want to share some more of his work that I found on his website:
Interested in visiting the exhibition? You can see it until the 8th of January, in the Beurs van Berlage.