Early street art abroad. 2000-2003.

In the first years of the decade, besides UK & US, Banksy went to Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris and Israel, where he painted the first stencilled version of the iconic “Love is in the air”.

Rivington Street, London. 31 May 2001

The first “exhibition” in London took place on Rivington Street on 31 May 2001. In Banksy’s own words:

“We came out of a pub one night arguing about how easy it would be to hold an exhibition in London without asking anyone permission. As we walked through a tunnel in Shoreditch someone said – You’re wasting your time, why would you want to paint pictures in a dump like this?”

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Banksy’s twelve stencils at Rivington Street
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Rivington Street, flyer
2001 -Overview - Rivington street - BYHABW p41
Rivington Street – Overview

Chiapas. Mexico, 2001

Banksy joined the Easton Cowboys, a radical football team from Bristol. In 2001 they went to Chiapas in Mexico to play against a football team from EZLN РEjército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional. Banksy played as a goalkeeper. During the stay in Chiapas, the Banksy team completed a few stencils and at least two free-hands.