Among the upcoming exhibitions in Rome, "Banksy, a visual protest", is a must-see! In fact, the exhibition set to open next March 21 (at Chiostro del Bramante, a wonderful Renaissance exhibition space) is dedicated to the most mysterious contemporary artist of our day: Banksy.
For the first time in Rome, in an unauthorized exhibition, 80 works by the artist will be on display, including paintings, prints, record covers, and a collection of graphic works with flyers, stickers, magazines, and lithographs. The pieces retrace Banksy's work and artistic thought, the irony, intelligence, and sarcasm that made him famous throughout the general public, not just among fans of contemporary art.
All the works on display are of certified origin and belong to private collectors. There will be no graffiti or murals taken from public spaces, which will instead be represented by videos in the section dedicated to Banksy’s mural work around the world. The artist's ever-provocative attitude towards power and establishment is clearly seen, telling the reality of the modern age with images of immediate efficacy that go beyond linguistic and cultural boundaries and reach a cross-sectional audience that goes beyond age or instruction.
The exhibition in Rome manages to make Banksy just a little less mysterious, even if his identity is still unknown. We only know that he is British, perhaps from Bristol, and that he was most likely born in the 70s. However, no one, apart from his closest friends and collaborators, knows his true identity.
For your next trip, among the many exhibitions in Rome, make sure to add Banksy to the list. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover this anonymous and irreverent English artist!