Banksy Vs. Bristol Museum: New “Secret” Exhibit Takes Over

One of my favorites, the legendary street artist, Banksy, has “secretly” taken over the city museum in his hometown of Bristol. In a rare statement, Bansky said:

“The people in Bristol have always been very good to me – I decided the best way to show my appreciation was by putting a bunch of old toilets and some live chicken nuggets in their museum…This is the first show I’ve ever done where taxpayers’ money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.”

The BBC reported: “Graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his most ambitious British project to date, a made over museum in his home town of Bristol. Staged in the council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, Banksy v Bristol Museum was such a closely guarded secret even senior councillors were unaware of the plans, while visitors and staff were told that filming had been taking place. The exhibition features animatronics, installations and a sensory display.”

A BBC news video and more links after the jump. Click the ‘continue reading’ link below.

Daily Mail UK covers it.

A great series of photographs of the exhibit, compliments again of the BBC.

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Hi! I have some Banksy Di-Faced ten pound note prints for sale if anyone is interested? As seen in the Banksy “Exit through the gift shop” film. –

Robski says:

"A lot of people never use their initiative, because no-one ever told them to"

Blown away by the exhibition!

Anonymous says:

Thanks for this post. I've been in London for a couple of months. Looked at all the museums and this exhibit is probably the only one that excites me.

Anonymous says:

The dude has moves.

Chase, if you come visit the exhibition (which you have to) then I know a cool place we can meet for a drink. (he's from my city!)

Chase Jarvis says:

Agree with Ed. I have two copies of Wall and Piece. One for the studio and one for home. It's THAT good.

Coming here and seeing something like this is like a Great cup of Coffee every day.
Always inspiring.

fas says:

That is superb stuff, like the way its so appealing.

Ed Araquel says:

For those that can't make it to the exhibition, check out Banksy's book Wall and Piece. It's a nice retrospective of his work and even has some photos of him in disguise replacing art in large museums with his own work.

Devious. :)


Anonymous says:

i absoluted love it! i can't believe i cannot be there during the exhibition period.

Steve Kalman says:

I loved the very last image (the "warning") on the first video. Perfect.

Also, the curator interviewed in the second video really understands what art is all about. Hopefully this will launch her career into the stratosphere where it belongs.

Anonymous says:

I really like his paintings involving cut out subjects. Striking and deviant.

Ilan says:

He is without a doubt, one of the more original artist working today.

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