Banksy Versus Bristol Museum: Street Artist's Secret Takeover
Banksy, the ever-secretive yet highly renowned (if infamous) graffiti and street artist, has mounted a large art show in his hometown of Bristol, England — but the exhibition, Banksy Versus Bristol Museum, was completed under the cover of complete secrecy, with the artist in question "nowhere to be seen".
The exhibition, which is on display at Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery, contains an array of Banksy's paintings and sculpture, but even the museum's director admits that "they couldn’t even tell the council and the whole thing could have been a huge hoax".
This is Banksy's first exhibition in a three-story Edwardian museum.
During the installation, the director said, “We gave the staff a couple of days off and said the museum was closed for filming so no one knew what was going on.”
Banksy Versus Bristol Museum opened Saturday, June 13th and runs until August 31, 2009.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
His largest collection to date, this exhibit has expanded upon the notions of animal cruelty seen in his last showing in New York City, Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, and included commentary on human worker’s rights.
The entire exhibit — which fills 3 floors of the museum space — was assembled in just 36 hours.
BBC has a video tour of the exhibit: Banksy's Back