■June 2018 was not the first time that Banksy appeared in Paris.
■A decade ago, Banksy had stencilled with the artist André at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (one of them is still visible), before posing his vandal version of Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in October 2004.
Banksy, Mona Lisa with a smiley at Louvre Museum
In 2004, Banksy entered into the Louvre Museum with a simple visitor’s ticket.
He put between two paintings his original version of Mona Lisa, which he replaced the face with a smiley – derisory reference to the smile of Mona Lisa.
In “Wall and Piece”(2005), he states that Banksy’s Mona Lisa was hung there “an indefinite time” before being withdrawn.
This British stencil artist Banksy continued his artistique joke at four museums in London and New York in 2005.
This historical event has less to do with being finally recognized by the art world than with the judicious use of a fake beard and a strong glue.Banksy
Always about his joke in museums, Banksy explains that these challenges were to be recognized not as an artist, but as a ” Quality vandal”.
He had amused to infiltrate so many other museums like the Natural History Museum or the British Museum, and in general, has trapped a lot of times the world of contemporary art.
The approach is emblematic of graffiti, of which Banksy was a zealous practitioner before turning to stencil.
The law punishing “the tracing of inscriptions, signs or drawings, without prior authorization, on the facades, vehicles, public roads or street furniture”, this adolescent game draws part of its appeal of the prohibitions that he transgresses.
The illegality of street art also explains the strategies used by some artists to conceal their identity.
The fake beard of Banksy, is added for many artists of the adoption of a pseudonym and a certain discretion on the Internet and social networks for the most “vandal”.
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Banksy and André
BlackBlock : Palais de Tokyo
André is a Swedish artist living in France, who opened the concept store (book shop) “BlackBlock” in Paris at Palais de Tokyo in 2002.
André also appeared in the documentary directed by Banksy “Exit Through the Gift Shop”.
After a long absence, Banksy’s return to Paris in 2018 was like a real challenge against the French government and its migration policy.
Access Map – Banksy, Palais de Tokyo
BlackBlock : Palais de Tokyo
Adresse : 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Metro⑨ : Iéna / Alma Marceau
Open : 12am – 12pm
Close : every Tuseday, December 24 and 31
Web : https://www.palaisdetokyo.com
Banksy – Girl With Balloon
The king of mystery intrigues by his anonymity, he keeps also the artistic sphere by a lot of surprises.
The whole world has heard of his latest prank.
While Sotheby’s awarded more than one million euros to his work, one of his most famous works “Girl With Balloon” was self-destructed.
The amazed public, saw in a mixture of horror and amusement, the canvas being disintegrated by a mechanism installed in the work by Bansky himself. But this is only one of the most recent mischief.