Curated by: Stefano Antonelli, Gianluca Marziani e Acoris Andipa
Palazzo dei Diamanti presents the exhibition An artist called Banksy , curated by Stefano Antonelli, Gianluca Marziani and Acoris Andipa, conceived and produced by MetaMorfosi Associazione Culturale, in collaboration with Ferrara Arte.
Originally from Bristol, born around 1974, framed within the generic boundaries of street art , Banksy represents the greatest global artist of the new millennium , an exemplary case of popularity for a living author since Andy Warhol's time.
To speak, instead of the English artist who no one has ever seen and whose face no one knows, are his works. Works of unprecedented ethical, evocative and thematic power. Banksy represents the best evolution of the original Pop Art, the only one that connected the roots of pop, hip hop culture, 1980s graffiti and the new approaches of digital time.
What arrives at Palazzo dei Diamanti is an impressive event that brings together over 100 original works and objects by the British artist, in an exhibition itinerary that gives an account of his entire production: twenty years of activity that begin with the paintings of the very first phase of his career, up to the results of last year with works from Dismaland, such as the sculpture Mickey Snake with Mickey Mouse swallowed by a python. Then there are the stencils and, of course, the serigraphs that Banksy considers vital for spreading his messages. An exhaustively recounted painting in the exhibition by rich textual files capable of reconstructing stories, anecdotes, origins and relationships, in an in-depth path designed so that the public can discover the artist in his multiple angles. For Pietro Folena, president of MetaMorfosi, "producing, opening and visiting this exhibition dedicated to the deepening and knowledge of the artist's most counter-current work on a global scale, in the first days of phase 2 is an act of love, courage and of hope towards the value of art and culture, after months of pain and difficulty ».