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20 May

Banksy on tour

The largest-ever exhibition of Banksy art works has been assembled in Rome in a new exhibition, War Capitalism & Liberty, that is set to open its doors to the public on May 24. The exhibit, which sees the famous Kate Moss print take pride of place, spans the anonymous artist’s entire career. This is the largest collection of work by the artist known as Banksy, a corpus of over 120 works including sculptures, stencils, and other artistic expressions, all strictly from private collectors and, therefore, absolutely not removed from the street,” said co-curator Acoris Andipa, himself an art dealer in Banksy prints.”The work critically examines contemporary issues of war, consumerism and politics, and this is the first time a major collection of artwork by the artist, now considered the world’s best street artist, has been curated from private international collectors by an independent and important museum. The non-profit exhibition is set to take place in Rome’s spacious Palazzo Cipolla until September 4, giving plenty of time to a plan a summer jaunt to the Italian capital. It comes just a year after Banksy, who is not personally affiliated with this exhibition, opened the popular Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare, the alternative seafront theme park that invited guests to experience attractions billed as “an escape from mindless escapism”. War, Capitalism & Liberty is conceived and promoted by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Italia e Mediterraneo and curated by Stefano Antonelli, Francesca Mezzano & Acoris Andipa. Palazzo Cipolla, Rome, May 24 to September 4 2016.