A Brussels-based art gallery is betting on the famous street artist Banksy, whose works are being sold at fanciful prices at auctions, to reopen its doors in the midst of the epidemic, as it is organizing an exhibition that opens today that includes 16 of his paintings executed using silk-screen printing.
“It (Covid) … we had to hit hard,” Diodato Salavia, the Italian owner of the new place, who runs showrooms in his country and Switzerland, told AFP. So we decided to start with Banksy, the most famous street artist. ”
The works shown will only be available to small groups of people in half-hour periods. It has been fully booked, and given that the waiting list is long, the organizers are considering the possibility of extending the exhibition beyond the date set for its close on May 22nd.
Business prices ranged between 50 thousand and 300 thousand euros. Among the most prominent is a three-dimensional one showing the famous painting “Flower Throw”, which represents a masked protestor throwing a bouquet of flowers.
A painting was sold to Banksy, the day before yesterday, honoring the treatment staff, during an auction in London for 16.75 million pounds (23 million dollars), a record amount for the artist’s work, the proceeds of which will be returned to the British Health Authority. The black and white painting is titled “Game Changer” (Change the Equation), and it represents a young boy playing with a doll in the form of a nurse who wears a muzzle after he threw “Batman” and “Superman” into the garbage.
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