Over 100 works, in a rigorous exposition itinerary, illustrate Banksy’s world. The 16th century architecture of the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome becomes a setting for the “unknown” artist who has charmed the world through works steeped in irony, denunciation, politics, intelligence, and protest.
Banksy can’t stop people from talking about him. From his latest work on the walls of Reading prison (UK), where Oscar Wilde was detained, to denounce the state of neglect since 2013, up to the millionaire auction to support the British health system, with the work Game Changer having sold for 16.75 million pounds.
Therefore, Chiostro del Bramante can not stop considering Banksy and offers, with this new exhibition, an encyclopedic insight into his work, thanks to an important documentary section, consisting of photographs, reports and videos. Here we provide a new opportunity to exhibit the work in the Renaissance building at the heart of Rome.
It is an in-depth narrative of the Banksy’s artistic language, thanks to the contribution of Butterfly & David Chaumet – Butterfly Art News, who for the first time have opened their archives, so entirely, for an exhibition.
All About Banksy is a catalogue raisonné that can be experienced, to discover works created from 1999 to 2020, with sections that breakdown the artist’s iconic and essential themes: the first Black Books, the many “rats” and then, politics, religion, power, war, children’s rights, immigration, refugees, the surveillance society, the environment, ecology, and the art market.
Never before exhibited works are a deep dive into Banksy’s world and focus: among others, on the theme park not suitable for children Dismaland, the online store Gross Domestic Product, collaborations with singers and music groups, including the extensive series with the British rock band Blur.
There are artworks that are realized with different techniques and materials, that combine with a contextualization of the artist’s public interventions, work and exhibitions, including photographs, covers, posters, books, and records.
Three videos complete the exhibition to relive the most significant moments of Banksy’s career, including an exclusive and unpublished documentary that recounts twenty years of the artist’s career.