“UNAUTHORIZED” SHOW AT THE MUDEC
The fake Exhibition of Bansky
A new provocation from the faceless writer
AFTER “GIRL WITH BALOON” SELF-DESTRUCTED IN LONDON,
THE MEDIA ARE INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIOUS ARTIST MORE THAN EVER
“Dear Banksy, what about the show in Milan, is it a real exhibition or another fake? Thanks.”
“It is another fake.” FAQ firstname.lastname@example.org .
This is what the most famous and mysterious street artist in the world answered to the curator of the exhibition, in order to specify his relationship with the exhibition that opens at Mudec in Milan on November, 21: “The Art of Banksy. A Visual Protest”. In the official website of the museum it is written that “The exhibition was not authorized by the artist”.
These days, another action took place – which is quite suspect – and one more provocation/protest against the commodification of art entered Bansky’s résumé. Right after being sold for 1,2 million euros at Sotheby’s in London, Girl with Baloon slipped in the bin: a shredder that had been hided in the frame beforehand was activated after the sale and destroyed part of the work. As written on the “Repubblica” daily newspaper, as of now the title of the work will be Love is in the Bin.
Bansky represents simple figures such as monkeys, mice, policemen, children, cats and members of the royal family, in order to reflect on social issues and to protest against consumerism in art, mainstream attitudes, and all sorts of economic and institutional subjugation and violence. And quite paradoxically, his anonymity makes his art even more universal.
Mudec houses an exhibition gathering 70 works by the artist, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and videos; works are arranged to create an academic path, an adjective from which the artist would certainly dissociate.
The curator Gianni Mercurio divided the show into four sections; the “Movements” section features Bansky’s Modified Oils, in which the artist modified existing works by adding estranging elements. On display there are also Bansky’s Stencils, that is, the works he created using a technique that allowed him to quickly create mono- or dichromatic illegal images.
Since Bansky is a street artist, the exhibition also includes photographs and videos of his murals, which are spread in most meaningful places across the five continents (such as the ones in Bethlehem). Shepard Fairy (also known as “Obey” is a street artist, he is a friend of Bansky and the author of Obama’s Hope poster) wrote, “Images are funny and brilliant, and yet so simple and accessible: although six-year-old children do not have the slightest idea of what a cultural conflict is, they will have no difficulty in understanding that something isn’t quite right when they see the Monna Lisa with a flamethrower in her hands.”
Although unauthorized, we will go to Milan and, exactly like those children, we will throw flowers and deliver heart-shaped balloons to a sky that tastes of peace.