Museum"BANKSY. GENIUS OR VANDAL?" Unauthorised Exhibition of artworks by BANKSY

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From the 3rd of February, former NAGOYA / BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS(Kanayama Minami Bldg.), Japan will be home to the exhibition “Banksy: Genius or Vandal”, the first exhibition in Japan of the British iconoclast that revolutionised contemporary art and whose identity remains a mystery. The exhibition conceives an immersion into the mysterious universe created by Banksy and takes you on an unprecedented journey along 70 original art works provided by various international private collectors. Tickets are on sale at

BANKSY: Genius or Vandal? Takes us closer to the controversial artistic universe of one of the most influential creators in recent years, through different thematic areas and more than 70 creations that include original works, sculptures, installations, videos and photographs.

The pieces originated from private collections and with collaboration of Lilley Fine Art / Contemporary Art Gallery, are exhibited in Japan for the first time.

An impressive multimedia installation created especially for this exhibition will welcome visitors, revealing clues of the mystery artist, highlighting his most important pieces framing his unusual career wrapped in controversy. Amongst his most popular work is an original serigraphy of the series “Girl with Balloon”, similar to the one destroyed by the artist in an unseen action at Sotheby's London auctioneer.

Genius or Vandal? The public decides.

Slippery, provocative, mysterious.... Banksy, the British artist whose identity is still unknown, is considered one of the main contemporary street art icons. His art, many times satirical, address universal issues such as politics, culture or ethics. The aura of mystery that, by choice and necessity, is perpetuated every time Banksy is mentioned, makes him the mythical figure of our time.

From asphalt trenches, Banksy has challenged the rules of the contemporary art game. His visual protest connected with a huge and heterogenous audience and today he is one of the most recognised and admired amongst younger generations.

Alexander Nachkebiya, exhibition curator: "Banksy is one of the brightest and most important Artists and even a phenomenon of our time. His work is a challenge to the system, it is a protest, it is an extremely well-built brand, it is a mystery, it is a violation of the law... according to our idea, every visitor of the Exhibition will be able to decide for himself: who is Banksy - a genius or a vandal, an artist or a businessman, a provocateur or a rebel? Our Exhibition shows the breadth of Banksy’s talent - he is always multidimensional, he makes visitors think and decide for themselves. His work is always topical, very comprehensive, his images speak and sink right into our soul – I guess all this makes him a genius to me.”.

Organised by Nagoya Broadcasting Network Co.,Ltd. / Shizuoka Asahi Television Co., Ltd. / Aichi Television Planning Co.,Ltd. / DENTSU MEITETSU COMMUNICATIONS INC. / TV Asahi Corporation / Akatsuki Live Entertainment Inc., “Banksy: Genius or Vandal” arrives in Nagoya after a unprecedented success in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Madrid, Malaga, Hong Kong, Milan, Lisbon and Las Vegas, Yokohama, Osaka, where it was visited by over a million people.

BANKSY. Genius or Vandal? will be on display between 3rd of February and 20th of May. Tickets to the exhibition can be bought at

This exhibition, as all that have previously been dedicated to Banksy, is not authorised by the artist, that continues to pursuit his anonymity and his independence from the system.

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  • 金山南ビル, Fushimi Street, 金山町一丁目, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, 456-0018, Japan
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  • C

    1 out of 5 rating 05-07-2021

    解説が直訳すぎてわかりづらかった。 バンクシーの作品の特性上、解説を1番楽しみにしていたので残念。 他の展覧会の音声ガイドのように有料でもいいので、質の良いものにしてほしかった。

  • ちょびん

    5 out of 5 rating 05-06-2021


  • Rnax

    4 out of 5 rating 05-01-2021

    ありがとうございます! もし可能であれば、1.2倍速、1.5倍速で聴けるようになると最高です。

  • 須田まゆ美

    5 out of 5 rating 04-29-2021


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    5 out of 5 rating 04-24-2021


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