On Thursday December 8th, a new Banksy Museum opens its doors to visitors in Brussels. More than 130 works by the equally mysterious and iconic artist will be exhibited on Rue de Laeken, including recent work from Ukraine. The museum is expected to be much more than a collection of artworks.
At the Banksy Museum, art lovers will have the opportunity to admire well-known and lesser-known works of art up close. It will be possible to discover several new works (gymnast, judokas, children playing), including the one created in Ukraine in November.
We want to give people the opportunity to engage in debate and question the things happening in the world.Hazis Vardar, Banksy Museum
The museum reproduces not only the artwork itself, but also the setting in which the work was placed. Visitors walk through different regions and scenarios, allowing them to truly experience the artworks.
Several works are on display in Brussels, many of them prints, but also reproductions made by international street artists. “We want to emphasize the artist’s political commitment, with a real vocation for reflection and exchange,” said Hazis Vardar of the Banksy Museum. “We want to introduce people to his work, and make them reflect on why Banksy made this work.”
Visitors to the museum step inside a reproduction of “The Walled Off Hotel,” the hotel in Bethlehem that overlooks the separation wall between Israel and Palestine. The conflict between Israel and Palestine is just one of the many world problems that Banksy pays attention to. Individuals will also see reproductions of Banksy works that have since been erased or torn down.
Banksy has unleashed hundreds of artworks all over the world. The museum grew out of “The World of Banksy” expo, but aims to be much more than an exhibition space. “With the street art artist’s vision in mind, we want to give people the opportunity to engage in debate and question the things happening in the world,” Hazis Vardar said.
The Banksy Museum is open every day from 10 am. to 7 pm., at 28 rue de Laeken in Brussels. The prices are:
- Adults – 14€
- Teachers / Students – 12€
- Senior – 12€
- Kids (under 12 years) – 10€
- Kids (under 6 years) – Free