Banksy Vs Bristol Museum

If you missed it..’s an insight into the exhibition that took place through the summer months at Bristol Museum, by the formidable street and graffiti  artist, Banksy.

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So there we have it.. An exhibition by an artist who has marked our streets, provoked and empowered authority through his political and socially aggravated subjects. It was worth the visit and worth the two + a half hour wait outside in the infamous Banksy queue – but was it right?

This public platform can be seen as a follow up or development or progression or even an extension of the street. Though I question the authenticity of his art when the stage has changed from what was purely through the street, which creates a rawness and lawless canvas, that his life as a graffiti artist has been founded upon. Does the shelter of a museum, a model of order jeopardise how he is viewed by his public?

But lets step back for a moment!
Banksy is reknowned for creating a stir, thriving on the mystery with an intrigued approach. The decision to place his art in a place of containment conflict upon his works of the street that draw conclusions and open questions on political orders, amusements and quips upon the fools of government and society. By using a traditional space, the contrast of the street is a clear reflection upon his postion of where he sees himself in the arts-sphere. I see the exhibition as a singular entinty – one that is a stencil, a message and response to his life as a fledged artist of the street, where he has gained control.

It was a shrewd move by Bristol Museum – it created much public interest in Bristol itself and of course the exhibition. The exhibition space did not only inform and educate through the works of Banksy, but permanent works of Bristol Museum interacted and featured in the incredibly popular, crowd pleasing city pleasing exhibition.


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