Lisbon hosts the first major Banksy exhibition in Portugal. More than 70 artworks will be on display from June 14 at Cordoaria Nacional in Lisbon.
The press release issued today by Everything is New says this is "the first major exhibition in Portugal on the British iconoclast who changed contemporary art and whose identity remains unknown."
The exhibition, which will open on June 14 at Cordoaria Nacional (Lisbon), will feature "more than 70 original works lent by several international private collectors," as well as an audiovisual installation specifically created for the event. The exhibition offers a portrayal of the mysterious artist, highlighting his most important works while also contextualizing his career, the press release says.
"One of the most famous works included in the exhibition is the original serigraph for the series 'Girl with a Balloon', which is similar to the one that has been recently destroyed by the artist himself in an unprecedented move at Sotheby's," the press release adds.
"Our exhibition aims to show the depth of Banksy's talent, his multiple layers and dimensions, so that visitors can think and decide for themselves. His work, always modern and very complete, plunges into the soul of each one of us. I guess all these reasons lead me to think he is a genius," says exhibition curator Alexander Nachkebiya. The event, however, "like all previous Banksy exhibitions, has not been authorized by the artist, who wants to protect his anonymity and independence from the system."
The exhibition ' Banksy: Genius or Vandal,' which has already been shown in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Madrid - where "it was visited by more than 600,000 people" - will be on display at Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, until October 27. Tickets will be on sale from Saturday.
Banksy: Genius or Vandal
Cordoaria Nacional, Belém, Lisbon
From June 14 to October 27
Weekdays and Sunday: from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday: from 10 am to 8 pm
Senior citizens and students up to 25: €10
Children (6 to 17): €6
Family I (2 adults + child under 18) * €29
Family II (2 adults + 2 children under 18) * €32