The Art of Banksy

Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird: $30.00
  • After 26th December: $35.00
  • Children under 10 accompanied by adult: $0.00
  • Buy Tickets – 09-970 9700
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Listed by: Sandra Roberts

After Amsterdam, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Melbourne, The Art of Banksy exhibition is coming to Auckland:

The exhibition of the works of Banksy, the mysterious street artist who has overwhelmed the world, will be on display this January at the Aotea Centre

The international The Art of Banksy exhibition, which has been displayed in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and more, is coming to New Zealand this summer.

This extraordinary collection of no less than 80 original pieces by one of the most intriguing and talked-about artists in modern history will be displayed at Auckland’s Aotea Centre from 5 January to 6 February.

The exhibition, curated by the artist's former manager Steve Lazarides, displays the largest collection of Banksy's works, including the famous painting of the girl with the red balloon, known as "Girl and Balloon", the controversial work "Laugh Now" – a famous graffiti piece that depicts a monkey with a sign hanging from his neck with the words: "Laugh now, but one day we'll be in charge"

This prestigious exhibition of originals -- all privately owned by collectors – offers a rare perspective for New Zealanders to enter Banksy’s world.

Tickets are on sale today via Ticketmaster. An early bird/Christmas gift ticket is available for a strictly limited time. Give the gift of art and conscience wrapped into one this festive season!

Banksy, who refrains from revealing his identity and does not appear in public, is a painter, graffiti artist and social activist, considered one of the world's top political graffiti artists.

Banksy's satirical art and his subversive messages, which integrate cynical dark humor, are done using his unique stencil technique. His various works, which aside from paintings also include sculptures and special displays, have been displayed on city walls, bridges and streets throughout the world.

Banksy has said that he decided to adopt the stencil technique when, while hiding from police under a garbage truck.

“When I was 18 I spent one night trying to paint LATE AGAIN in big silver bubble letters on the side of a passenger train. British transport police showed up and I got ripped to shreds running away through a thorny bush. The rest of my mates made it to the car and disappeared so I spent over an hour hiding under a dumper truck with engine oil leaking all over me. As I lay there listening to the cops on the tracks I realised I had to cut my painting time in half or give up altogether. I was staring straight up at the stencilled plate on the bottom of a fuel tank when I realised I could just copy that style and make each letter three feet high. I got home at last and crawled into bed next to my girlfriend. I told her I’d had an epiphany that night and she told me to top taking that drug ‘cos it’s bad for your heart.”

Working with stencils is considered fast, and the large number of his works in the streets of Bristol quickly made him into part of the underground art movement, that developed in the area at the end of the 1980s.

Over the years, Banksy has carried out a considerable number of "pranks" against the art establishment, including secretly hanging his works inside various museums around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Britain museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History.

“This is a one of a kind exhibition – you will never again have the opportunity to see so many works in one place. Once the exhibition is over, the artwork will be returned to 40 different art collectors around the world, and the chances that they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim”. - Steve Lazarides, curator

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