London’s Hang-Up gallery has opened the first-ever permanent exhibition of street artist Banksy. The exhibition called the Banky Bunker is home to over 15 of Bansky’s original works, including his famous ‘Choose Your Weapon’ and ‘Bomb Hugger’. The anonymous graffiti artist and political activist from England has a number of street artwork to his credit but his graffiti of Apple founder Steve Jobs as the son of a migrant made headlines last year.
This isn’t the first time his satirical guerilla street art has caught people’s attention. He has been in the news for more reasons than one and his style is all about subversive epigrams where he combines dark humour with graffiti and it’s more than welcome. Maybe, the world needs more artists like him to raise a voice against the atrocities surrounding us.
Reportedly, the gallery’s director Ben Cotton decided on the permanent exhibition because there are no permanent collection of the street artist’s artworks in the UK. Cotton reportedly said that the exhibition was an intimate space now packed completely with a wide selection of the artists’ works from the start of his career to the present day, including his rare prints, canvas works and sculptures from 2003.
The East London Hang Up Gallery was first established in 2008 online. This was before it was made into a physical gallery space in 2002 and since then, the space has hosted the works of a number of young artists.
The collection is open to the public during the gallery’s opening hours of 12pm- 6pm.