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Blockbuster exhibition The Art of Banksy announces Soho residency

The Art of Banksy exhibition extends its London run bringing Banksy’s most infamous works to 100 Charing Cross Road.

Following unprecedented public demand, The Art of Banksy – the major exhibition which has brought Banksy’s era-defining works to over 1.5 million visitors in 15 cities across the globe – is extending its London run following hugely successful residencies in Covent Garden and Regent Street. The exhibition’s new location at 100 Charing Cross Road has tickets on sale into January 2025.

With Soho’s storied history at the centre of British counterculture from the genesis of Swinging London in the 60’s to the social hub of mods, punks and new romantics – The Art of Banksy’s fitting move marks the end of a smash hit run on London’s Regent Street, giving the exhibition the green light from Banksy fans to remain in the capital for its second year.

As the world’s largest collection of original and authenticated Banksy art showcasing more than 150 pieces including prints, canvases, unique works and fascinating ephemera presented in its new 1,300 sqm Soho home. The open exhibition space will expand on Regent Street’s offering with the addition of new audio and visual elements that will bring the Banksy story to life as well as a brand-new café and museum shop plus some extra special new Banksy pieces to be announced.

Artworks will include the Flower Thrower. Now one of Banksy’s most iconic artworks, Flower
Thrower first came to global attention in 2003 when it appeared as a mural in the West Bank, Palestine, as a symbol of Palestinian solidarity and resistance making the artwork more important now than ever before. However, Banksy had already created an initial artwork in 1997, depicting a man throwing a bunch of flowers, as a Valentine’s Day gift for his then girlfriend.

Further amplifying Banksy’s evergreen positioning within the political Zeitgeist the exhibition will give unique insight into the artist’s Walled Off Hotel – a 9 room hotel created by Banksy in Bethlehem just meters away from the Israeli West Bank Wall which boasts “the worst view in the world”.

Michel Boersma, curator and producer of the exhibit said: “Following a hugely successful run on Regent Street we’re very excited to extend our London experience for a second year and what could be a better location for a Banksy exhibition than London’s very own bohemian hub, Soho. The fact that we’re able to move the exhibition and stay in London is testament to The Art of Banksy’s ability to strike a chord with Banksy and art fans alike. We can’t wait to share everything what we’ve got planned for our new home – watch this space!”

Visitors at The Art of Banksy can expect to see the seminal artworks that brought the infamously anonymous artist international notoriety such as Girl With Balloon in three different colour variations alongside truly one-off pieces including the debut of Mona Lisa. The previously unknown Mona Lisa work was originally bought directly from the artist by a Hollywood A-list actor in 2003. In 2022 it was returned to Banksy who developed the work further and created a brand-new artwork incorporating the original. Banksy fans can see unique stencils created and used by the artist, hand-drawn sketches and personal works that Banksy created for friends, associates and lovers. The exhibition also focuses on Banksy’s Dismaland and recent artworks acknowledging the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The Art of Banksy is an unmissable show for anyone who wants to learn more about one of the world’s most important current artists and what their work reveals today; the power of art to affect social change, inspire the public and lay bare the undercurrents of social issues.

The Art of Banksy is at 100, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JG in Soho.

The Art of Banksy is not curated or authorised by the artist.
www.artofbanksy.co.uk

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