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Banksy Sets Up Own Venice Biennale Stall As He Wasn’t Invited, Gets Chased Out
By Mikelle Leow, 23 May 2019
Video screenshot via Banksy
The police of Venice might have come face-to-face with the real Banksy at Venice Biennale, but sent him away for not having a permit.
Feigning indignation at not having been invited to the “largest and most prestigious event in the world,” the elusive street artist set up a stall at the area to sell his work.
In a video posted on Instagram, Banksy documents his experience at the art exhibition—from the setup of the stall to the moment he was made to leave—all while keeping his face obscured from the camera.
When placed together, his paintings create a larger picture of a cruise ship in Venetian canals. The collective piece is aptly titled Venice in oil.
Art lovers would walk up and take in the canvases’ message. However, the Italian police were not appeased, as the artist—or a man representing Banksy—did not have a permit to set up a stall in the vicinity, and was asked to pack up and go.
Had those at Venice Biennale, including organizers and passersby, known that they were in the presence of arguably the world’s most famous incognito artist and the man behind that notorious shredding stunt, the overall treatment towards him would have been a lot different.
[via Artnet News, video and cover image via Banksy]
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