Toronto is getting a rare peek at the Art of Banksy.
A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, officially kicked off in Toronto today, displaying the largest collection of the artist’s works.
According to organizers, with over 80 original pieces valued at $35 million, this is the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.
The exhibit will include the famous painting known as “Girl and Balloon” and the controversial work “Laugh Now” – a witty graffiti piece that depicts a monkey with a sign hanging from his neck with the words, “laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge.”
Banksy, whose identity remains a mystery, is a painter, graffiti artist, and social activist, considered one of the world’s top political artists.
“This is a one of a kind exhibition – you will never again have the opportunity to see so many works in one place. Once the exhibition is over, the artwork will be returned to 40 different art collectors around the world, and the chances that they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim,” said Steve Lazarides, curator.
Tickets are still available on the event’s website, but in case you haven’t had a chance to lock down tickets yet, here’s what went down on opening day.
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
When: June 13 to July 11, 2018