“BANKSY – This is not a photo opportunity,” Banksy at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

“BANKSY – This is not a photo opportunity,” Banksy at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

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There is no doubt that if Banksy had lived during the Renaissance in Florence, the Medici would have been his patrons — they were the Maecenas of most of the art produced in Florence at that time. Any case, supposedly, Banksy artworks do not belong to anyone, but to the cities public space where he intervenes. However, the system devours everything, yet the supposed “anti-system” expressions as the graffiti made by Banksy. A proof of this is the exhibition organized at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, opened until February 24, 2019. Curated by Gianluca Marziani and Stefano S. Antonelli, the show brings together twenty images of Banksy’s most iconic pieces, those that won world fame due to its thematic: capitalism, war, surveillance, or massive migratory movements.

Banksy vindicates the ethics through his evocative artworks and he is one of the most featured artists in the mass media, everything he does is “epic”. The Palazzo Medici Riccardi displays the interventions that contributed to the planetary success of one of the most complex, enigmatic, controverted and ingenious artists of our era. Banksy’s work represents the natural evolution of the Pop Art of the sixties. He is the only artist fusing serial reproduction, hip-hop culture, the graffiti of the eighties and the ins and outs of the contemporary digital culture. His pieces denounce the contradictions and paradoxes of our society… maybe as contradictory as himself. In summary, his infamous street art intrusions are now converted in “popular frescoes.”


“BANKSY – This is not a photo opportunity”, Banksy en Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

No cabe duda de que si Banksy hubiera sido un artista del Renacimiento florentino, los Medici habrían patrocinado su trabajo creativo, dado el marcado y continuo ejercicio de mecenazjo del que hicieron gala durante toda su existencia. Aunque las obras de Banksy son libres y no pertenecen a nadie, solo al espacio público y quizá a las ciudades, Palazzo Medici Riccardi ha reunido un puñado de imágenes de sus piezas más emblemáticas para exhibirlas en sus salas hasta el 24 de febrero de 2019. Banksy existe de manera disruptiva a través de sus obras de poder ético, evocativo y mediático sin precedentes.

La exposición consta de veinte imágenes que han contribuido al éxito planetario de uno de los artistas más complejos, ingeniosos e intuitivos de nuestro tiempo. Banksy representa la mejor evolución del Pop Art original, el único que ha fusionado la multiplicación en serie, la cultura hip hop, el grafiti de los ochenta y los planteamientos de la cultura digital. Curada por Gianluca Marziani y Stefano S. Antonelli, la muestra expone en Palazzo Medici Riccardi sus imágenes más icónicas, aquellas que han ganado gran popularidad, las que abordan los temas del capitalismo, la guerra y el control social, las que denuncian las contradicciones y paradojas de nuestro tiempo. En definitiva, sus famosas intervenciones callejeras hoy ya convertidas en “frescos populares”.

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Paco Neumann

Paco Neumann is a journalist, photographer, proofreader, flâneur and perpetual amateur currently living in between Florence, Berlin and Tenerife. He´s been a regular contributor to fashion, art, trend and lifestyle magazines and worked for news, advertising and communication agencies

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