But back to the Moscow exhibition.
100 testimonies of the famous Banksy: prints, objects, photographs collected from galleries and museums. Also, a multimedia zone showing how the artist's style evolved. The originals are particularly interesting: fragments of a wall and road signs, and prints signed by the artist from private collections. Most of the exhibition is more of a photographic documentation of his famous works, depicting police officers, members of the royal family, Churchill with his Mohawk and other famous images. On the whole the exhibition is an illustrative guide to English humour rather than a fresh look at the artist Banksy and street art in general. The exhibition is aimed more at the general public than street art professionals, but was very popular in spite of high ticket prices - 550 rubles on weekdays and 650 on weekends.
So what was Banksy's own reaction to the exhibition?
On 15 August 2018, Banksy posted on his Instagram page a screenshot of a conversation with a follower about an exhibition of his work. He stated that he had nothing to do with the exhibition and was against charging people to view his art. The post was commented on by almost 10,000 people and sparked a wave of negativity on social media against the exhibition organizers and the legitimacy of the exhibition in general.
As a result, the organizers got in touch and confirmed that they had acted without consulting the artist, but noted that they were entitled to do so as the exhibition featured works from private collections. Collectors, in turn, have the right to give away their trophies for public display.