For its 5th birthday, the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts is for the first time hosting an exceptional exhibition, Banksy: Birth of an icon.
This exposition, curated by Steve Lazarides, will carry you through the outstanding work of legendary British graffiti artist Banksy. From street walls to an actual museum, you will be able to enjoy the art of this mystery artist that keeps surprising people around the world. This exhibition will trace back to his satirical street art and subversive epigrams though works from various media such as sculpture, canvas and authentic street blinders.
Steve Lazarides said: “This particular journey with Banksy encompasses a creative partnership that lasted nearly twelve years. A partnership with me as his photographer, driver, manager and much more besides. I met Banksy as he started out as an unknown young graffiti artist from Bristol in 1997. This exhibition depicts Banksy’s path from the very outset. You will enjoy his oeuvre from two different angles: documentary photos taken by me—which will introduce you to his origins, meaning how it all started — and his originals to show how far Banksy has transcended the boundaries and how far ahead of time he was. Gradually, as you proceed through the exhibition, you will see for yourselves why the art world iconizes him and what makes this vandal a cult figure.”
Along with Banksy’s originals, Georgian street artists are featured: Gagosha, Mishiko, Sulukauri, Semichka, Koska and Sick’n Tired. Their work witness their style and impact on Georgian culture. The museum intends to enable people to ‘meet the legend’ Banksy as well as supporting Georgian street art.
Don’t wait any longer to discover this exhibition, opened on October 18, that will remain for four months in the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi.