PHILADELPHIA — Mysterious street artist Banksy has been shaping buildings since the 1990s.
While his real-world art is almost as elusive as his identity, art connoisseurs in the Philadelphia area can get a glimpse of his work through a new exhibition.
Banksy Was Here: The Exhibition, an “unauthorized” Banksy exhibit, opens Saturday in the Philadelphia Fashion District.
The exhibition runs until January 31, 2023.
Opening hours are Monday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Christmas Eve is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m
Admission starts at $22.90. Children under 4 years free, and discounts for seniors, students, military personnel and groups of 15 or more.
Get tickets here.
Banksy Was Here invites guests into the universe of one of the world’s most mysterious and elusive artists.
The selection of masterpieces and a unique virtual reality experience give Philly residents the opportunity to take a highly educational and visual journey through the artist’s world and career.
“Banksy’s work allows us to see our everyday world through different eyes,” said Exhibition Hub Executive Producer John Zaller. “This approach will appeal to everyone who comes to Banksy Was Here, whether they are seeing the artist’s work for the first time or for the hundredth time. The exhibition design offers a different perspective to everyone who walks in: it transports you to a completely different place, is totally unexpected and utterly captivating – much like Banksy’s work.”
The exhibition features over 80 original works, sculptures, installations, videos and photos, including classics by the legendary artist.
Known for challenging the rules of the game in contemporary art, Banksy is considered one of the main figures in street art.
From private collections and in collaboration with Lilley Fine Art/Contemporary Art Gallery, these pieces will be exhibited in Philadelphia for the first time.
“Philadelphia is the perfect city to debut Banksy Was Here because of his love of art and bold personality,” said Zaller. “Philadelphians know what they want and they pride themselves on knowing who they are, just like Banksy. The Fashion District is a fantastic central location in the heart of the city. And our venue right on the corner of 9th and Market has an industrial and commercial feel that’s the perfect backdrop for Banksy Was Here.”