A Massive Unauthorised Banksy Exhibition Is On Its Way To Melbourne
The exhibition will feature more than 80 pieces, several of which have never been displayed to the public.
A Melbourne car park will play host to Australia’s largest ever Banksy exhibition organised by the elusive street artist’s one-time manager. Running from October 7 to January 22 in a pop-up exhibition space behind Federation Square, The Art of Banksy can claim no involvement from the artist himself, but will instead feature more than 80 works owned by private collectors from around the world – including a number of pieces that have never been publicly displayed.
“This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again,” said the exhibition’s curator Steve Lazarides. “Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim.”
A pioneering street-art promoter, Lazarides rose to prominence via his association with Banksy during the early days of his career, and is one of the few people who knows the anonymous artist’s true identity. The pair have since parted ways and don’t appear to be on the best terms, with Lazarides telling Broadsheet that the two haven’t spoken “for over a year.” He did, however, dismiss recent reports that the artist might actually be Massive Attack frontman Robert Del Naja.
Tickets to The Art of Banksy are on sale now via Ticketek.