Banksy hit the Venice Biennale uninvited with a contemporary message. In his own words on Instagram:
“Setting out my stall at the Venice Biennale. Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason I’ve never been invited.”
From Sotheby’s web:
“In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record in pounds at auction previously achieved in 2008.
The framed work, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart shaped balloon – one of Banksy’s most iconic images – began to pass through a shredder hidden in the frame.”
Photo: Banksy’s Instagram
Banksy entered Disneyland with an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo detainee. He inflates the doll and places it within the Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride. The piece remains in its place for 90 minutes before the figure is removed by security guards. The sequence was filmed and included in the film “Exit through the gift shop” a few years later.
Photo by http://www.uk.complex.com
This time Banksy infiltrates British Museum where he installs a cave painting depicting a primitive man pushing a shopping trolley.
On a Sunday, March 13, Banksy enters and hangs his work in four world famous New York museums: MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum and American Museum of Natural History.
Graffiti Lord at Brooklyn Museum
Banksy hanging woman w gas mask
Tesco soup at MoMA
Natural History Museum
Banksy at Natural History Museum, New York
Photos: Wall and piece, Banksy
In 2004, probably in October, Banksy entered the Louvre where he hung his own version of Mona Lisa. There is no record of how long the piece lasted.
Banksy at work
Mona Lisa with a smiley
On April 7, Banksy enters Natural History Museum disguised as an employee. He carries a taxidermied rat in a glass-fronted box. The rat wears sunglasses and a complete graffiti kit. Apparently, he has sprayed “Our time will come” on the wall behind him. The installation comes with a printed explanation titled “Pest Control”. A few years later, Banky will set up his own certification office naming it “Pest Control Office”.
On October 17, Banksy entered Tate Britain disguised as a pensioner and stuck one of his own creations in a vacant slot on one of the gallery’s walls. After a few hours the painting, “Crimewatch UK Has Ruined the Countryside For All of Us”, crashed to the floor and the stunt was discovered.
“To actually go through the process of having a painting selected must be quite boring. It’s a lot more fun to go and put your own one up. It’s all about cutting out the middle man, or the curator in the case of the Tate.”
Banksy at Tate Britain
Finding the slot
Hanging his work
“I’m kinda into the message that vandalising a painting with police tape is how a lot of people see the world these days. People don’t actually see the world with Constable’s eyes with hay and rivers any more. The amount of paranoia and fear about violent crime and paedophilia makes mine a more accurate drawing of the English landscape we actually live in.”
A caption glued next to the painting read: “This new acquisition is a beautiful example of the neo post-idiotic style. Little is known about Banksy whose work is inspired by cannabis resin and daytime television.”