“In the summer of 2009 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery was taken over by an extraordinary exhibition of works by the infamous Bristol artist Banksy. Overnight the museum was transformed into a menagerie of Unnatural History – fishfingers swimming in a gold-fish bowl, hot-dogs and chicken nuggets. Paintings were placed in amongst the historic collections of Old Masters, sculptures and other pieces dotted around throughout the museum displays. The main entrance was transformed into a sculpture hall, accompanied by a burnt out ice-cream van that pumped out an eerie sound-track of warped tunes, whilst a giant ice-cream melted on its roof.
Before long, people queued around the block to get into the exhibition, some as long as seven hours just to be part of this unique phenomenon. Over 100 works by the artist – most of which had not been shown before – were displayed.
Banksy left one sculpture behind. Pictured above is the Angel Bust – or the paint-pot angel which is currently on display at the museum. He also gave another work to the museum of a sculpture of Jerusalem, which was made by another artist called Tawfiq Salsaa – you can see it in our online collection.” Source: Bristol Museum
Banksy opens his first exhibition in New York, “The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill”. It features mainly animatronics. Almost all of the content is used the following year in the “Banksy vs Bristol Museum”, Banksy’s biggest exhibition so far.
Photos: Getty images
Banksy went to New Orleans on the third anniversary of the Hurricane Katherina disaster. There are possibly eleven stencils in New Orleans from this period, among them the iconic Nola. The stencil on a petrol station in Alabama of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member was quickly removed.
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.nola.com, http://www.uk.complex.com
Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival in London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008. It was situated on Leake Street, a road tunnel formerly used by Eurostar underneath London Waterloo station. Graffiti artists with stencils were invited to join in and paint their own artwork, as long as it did not cover anyone else’s.
Flyer Cans Festival.
Banksy Buddha at Cans
Banksy statue at Cans
Banksy: Graffiti remover
Hooded man w knife
Photos: Romany WG and others
Barely Legal was the third major exhibition after Turf War and Crude Oils. It was held in a warehouse in Los Angeles on the weekend of 16 September 2006. Billed as a “three-day vandalised warehouse extravaganza”. The exhibition featured a live “elephant in a room,” painted in a pink and gold floral wallpaper pattern, which, according to leaflets handed out at the exhibition, was intended to draw attention to the issue of world poverty. Banksy continues exploring the “modified oils” genre from the previous exhibition “Crude Oils”.
Crude Oils opened at 100 Westbourne Grove in London and was Banksy’s second major exhibition, after Turf War in 2003. It featured 20 versions of classical oil paintings, among them Van Googh, Hopper, Warhol, Turner and Monet. Also present were 200 live rats and some interesting sculptures.
Opened on July 18 and lasted for three days. Turf War is Banksy’s first major exhibition where he displays a great variety of different techniques and styles. Marks the beginning of a string of brilliant exhibitions with a periodicity of approximately two years. Turf War in 2003, Crude Oils, 2005, Barely Legal, 2006, Banksy vs Bristol Museum 2009, etc. The live cows and sheep are transported from the Somerset farm. There is also a section of “modified oils”, the most prominent being “Suicide bombers just need a hug”. The London art critics call the exhibitions one of the most interesting of the year.
Flyer – Turf War
Turf War – Overview
Silent Night – Turf War
Live Cows – Turf War
Photos: http://www.artofthestate.co.uk and Benny Goh
After moving to London in early 2000, Banksy went back to Bristol in February the same year, where he opened his first regular exhibition in his own name at the restaurant Severnshed, behind the docks. It’s was a mixture of stencil and acrylic. All pieces were priced under £ 1,000. The “Self-portrait” of Banksy, with a chimp head, sold for £ 198,000 at Bonhams in 2007. There are two remarkable pieces – “Simple intelligence testing” and “Sharks”.
You told that joke twice
Simple intelligence testing
Weston super Mare
Photos: Melfleance, Flickr