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Banksy Stages Surprise Largest-Ever Exhibition in Britain


Including works from past installations such as his Pet Shop in New York City and his 'Santa's Village' installation in Jerusalem, along with 'revised' versions of the City Museum and Art Gallery's own works, street artist Banksy has announced a surprise exhibition opening tomorrow in his home town of Bristol, UK:

"'This show is my vision of the future, to which many people will say: 'You should have gone to Specsavers'', Banksy added. The exhibition and its location have been a closely-guarded secret since October, with just a couple of museum officials in the loop. 'I think we may have dragged them down to our level rather than being elevated to theirs,' said Banksy of the subterfuge involved in staging the show in his home city. Museum director Kate Brindley said it was a huge relief to finally be able to talk about the exhibition, and admitted they had taken a 'risk'. Plans for the summer show were kept from Bristol City Council chiefs until Friday - the day before it was due to open."

A tour of the exhibit from the BBC, AFTER THE JUMP...


Slide show here.

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  1. I know a select group of high-rolling buyers and collectors where notified of this exhibition weeks ago. A friend of mine flew out from the US to be there yesterday.

    Posted by: TK | Jun 12, 2009 9:53:17 AM

  2. LOL

    I love the lion vs circus lion tamer

    I so want it. LOL

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 12, 2009 10:47:36 AM

  3. I think i'll get my ticket now

    Posted by: scott | Jun 12, 2009 10:50:45 AM

  4. TK, you are full of SHIT!

    Posted by: bading | Jun 12, 2009 11:40:37 AM

  5. Yawn.

    Middle-class wanker with art degree pandering to upper-class wannabes with a chequebook.

    Posted by: daveb | Jun 12, 2009 1:39:47 PM

  6. Even if that's the case, you don't just snap your fingers and "create a career". There's a lot of talent, hard work and especially good luck involved.
    I'm sorry Dave B, you are so misinformed regarding the way Banksy views his audience, particularly the buyers of his work, if you did any vague amount of research into it. You simply sound like a very cynical and bitter individual. Here's someone having some fun and shaking things up in the very staid art world, finally! Your attitude is not only completely misinformed, but sucks a fat one.
    Please, do better. C'mon - show us. We're waiting for your utter brilliance.



    Middle-class wanker with art degree pandering to upper-class wannabes with a chequebook.

    Posted by: daveb | Jun 12, 2009 1:39:47 PM

    Posted by: Darian Zam | Jun 13, 2009 8:44:05 PM

  7. WANTED: middle class, bar hanging, critical, depressive NEEDS interesting, visionary, entrepreneurial target to vent culturally conditioned, frustration against. DAVEB for details.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 15, 2009 7:19:26 PM

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