For the first time, the work of legendary UK street artist Banksy is being shown in Budapest. Anonymous and controversial, the subversive Banksy has created striking murals at key locations all over the world. Now an exhibition of his works is coming to Hungary after being displayed in cities are diverse as Bucharest, Istanbul and Paris. The show opens at the Tesla Loft on 1 February and will run until 30 April.
Collated by former manager and cohort Steve Lazarides, a collection of some 70 works, canvases, screen prints and sculptures, covers the period between 1997 and 2008 before Banksy achieved global fame. Ex-manager and artist haven’t spoken for years but Lazarides, who used to sell Banksy canvases from the back of his car, has set up this extremely popular show now touring the world. He also recently published a book of little-known early works, Banksy Captured, that sold out within days.
The Budapest exhibition is being organised by the Godot Institute for Contemporary Art. According to its owner/founder Zoltán Sáfár: “The Art of Banksy exhibition brings us works from around the world, weathered plaster, empty brickwork or a bleak overpass, and re-introduces pieces by this unknown genius to convey their essential message as an exciting exhibition experience in the form of paintings, photos and prints”.