Mysterium Banksy: exhibition about the artist in Hamburg

Mysterium Banksy: exhibition about the artist in Hamburg
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Status: 04.06.2022 09:09 a.m

The exhibition “The Mystery of Banksy – A Genius Mind” can be seen in Hamburg’s Mönckebergstraße until October. More than 150 works by the graffiti artist specially reproduced for the show will be on display.

Banksy fascinates with his works, his rejection of all art world conventions and his anonymity. Now the traveling exhibition “The Mystery of Banksy – A Genius Mind” can be seen in a former department store near Hamburg Central Station.

The show shows more than 150 replicas of the street art superstar’s works on an area of ​​3,000 square meters – including graffiti, photographs, sculptures, video installations and prints on various materials. So far, more than 450,000 visitors have visited the previous stations of the traveling exhibition in Munich, Leipzig and Bremen within 15 months.

Exhibition about the complete stencil graffiti work

The exhibition, which was set up over a period of 14 days, is intended to provide an overview of the street artist’s oeuvre. “The works were made for the public. Unfortunately, most of them no longer exist and we want to return them to the public here in this format,” says curator Virginia Jean and exhibition organizer Oliver Forster explains: “We want to make art an experience, visible to everyone and brought together in one place.”

In the last room you see a boat crammed with refugees. There is a donation box next to it. The tour of Banksy’s sprayed, installed or painted works in over 20 countries around the world is definitely worthwhile and suitable for the masses.

AUDIO: Gianni Mercurio (ed.): “The Art of Banksy” (5 min)

“Most of the works are privately owned”

“Banksy is first and foremost a street artist known for his graffiti, which he has spread all over the world. Besides that, he started selling original signed artworks and limited edition prints on and off fairly early on. The most of them are privately owned and are therefore not open to the public. So being able to marvel at an original Banksy is an absolute rarity,” says Oliver Forster.

British artist Banksy remains anonymous

Barrier wall with Banksy graffito, Palestinian side, between Bethlehem, West Bank and Jerusalem.  © picture alliance / imageBROKER |  Hartmut Pöstges Photo: Hartmut Pöstges

Banksy secretly paints his graffiti all over the world – here on a barrier wall near Bethlehem.

What remains hidden is the identity of the iconic Banksy, who is said to have been born in Bristol and is thought to be between the ages of 45 and 50. The only thing that is certain is that his works are celebrated worldwide and achieve record sums in the major auction houses. The exhibition is a homage – the works shown there are not authorized by the artist due to its anonymous status.

Further information

A graffiti artwork by Banksy © picture alliance / Geisler-Fotopress Photo: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopress

Art historian Ulrich Blanché is a Banksy expert. He suspects that he is younger than 50, was a foam painter in the 90s and only became anonymous afterwards. more

The Banksy work is sold at Sotheby's auction house

AUDIO: Banksy artwork fetches £16m at auction (5 mins)

Mysterium Banksy: exhibition about the artist in Hamburg

The exhibition “The Mystery of Banksy” about Banksy’s stencil graffiti can be seen in Mönckebergstraße in Hamburg until October.


former building Galeria Kaufhof
Moenckebergstr. 3

Adults from 18 euros / students and concessions 14 euros / young people up to 15 years 10 euros / children under 7 years free

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