Although I’m in the middle of a series of posts about Groningen, I’m throwing in an article about something unrelated: my review of the exhibition ‘the art of Banksy‘ in Amsterdam.
The Art of Banksy
Last weekend I visited the art exhibition The Art of Banksy that currently runs at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.
As an avid enthusiast for street art in general ( click here to read my articles about street art in various cities and countries) and a Banksy fan in particular, this exhibition was something that I really wanted to see!
Fast facts about “the Art of Banksy” in Amsterdam:
- it’s on till september 30th 2016
- opening hours: 11.00-19.00
- ticket: euro 19,50
The Beurs of Berlage
The exhibition is held in the Beurs of Berlage, which is one of Amsterdam’s best-known landmarks and a beautiful and interesting building. The building used to be the Stock Exchange, but nowadays it has several functions and purposes.
As an architecture lover, I visited this building (and other creations by architect Berlage) several times in the past.
I really love this early, fine example of Amsterdamse School, with it’s red bricks, characteristic masonry, decorative elements and (bell-)towers. It has elements from other architectural styles as well: neo-style, Jugendstil and rationalism. There’s a lot to discover and admire, both on the inside as on the outside of the Beurs. If you visit Amsterdam and if you are a fan of architecture, don’t overlook this magnificent landmark !
Enough about the Beurs of Berlage. Let’s focus on the artist in question: Banksy.
Most of you have at least heard of Banksy, while many have seen his art as well. If not first-hand, on a wall somewhere, then probably on social media or on TV.
He is one of the -if not the- most famous graffiti artists in the world. His images are simple, clean and clear. They are spot-on. His art is political, satirical, brings a smile or a smirk on your face, makes you think. The key-element in his art for me is: The Twist. Meaning that he takes a well-known image or concept, adds another -usually totally unexpected- element (object or text), giving a twist to the whole image. Brilliant!
A well-known film by/about him (with again lots of questions, mystery and speculations) is ‘Exit through the Giftshop’.
But what I really, really recommend, is to watch the HBO-documentary titled ‘Banksy does New York‘. Very, very fascinating!!!
The Art of Banksy in Amsterdam
With 85 pieces, this is the biggest show of Banksy ever.
One small thing that I missed was the opportunity to sit while watching the two videos that are on display, preferably shielded of by a curtain or something, creating a small theatre-concept. The way it is done now, was inviting nor facilitating.
Taking pictures was allowed, so let me share a few with you:
Well-known stereotypes with a twist
Classic art works with a twist
The opinions about Banksy are divided. For some he is a genius, for others a fraude.
I tend to be in the first camp, because I find his take on things original and funny and he’s a PR-genius in my book.
What do you think of Banksy? Are you an enthusiast or a hater? Have you seen this traveling exhibition? Did you enjoy it?