Throughout history, art has produced a wealth of puzzling mysteries, and one of the greatest enigmas of the modern era is undoubtedly the identity of street artist Banksy. Now Dallas will have a chance to try to figure it out (good luck) by looking closely at the artist’s work when an exhibit lands in town this summer.
Banksyland promises an “unauthorized and uncensored” immersive look at his 25-plus-year career, according to a press release.
We know very little about the true identity of Banksy, who works in the greatest secrecy. The artist is widely believed to be an Englishman born in the mid-1970s who emerged in the Bristol street art scene of the 80s and 90s. Banksy garnered attention with his controversial artwork and various stunts, such as when he installed an automatic chipper as part of his iconic “Balloon Girl” painting, so when it was auctioned off, it self-destructed. His most iconic works also include “Love is in the Air” and “Napalm”.
The artist has been the subject of various documentaries, especially from the 2010s Exit through the gift shop. Since then, works of art identified as Banksy have popped up sporadically all over the world to surprise passers-by and become newsworthy events. Dallas residents can mark their calendars well in advance and experience art in June and July in the Dallas Design District.
Banksyland is an international traveling exhibition that offers viewers an in-depth, in-depth look at Banksy’s most infamous and elusive works. The immersive multimedia art experience will include over 80 works of art, salvaged street art and never-before-seen installations that explore the influence of one of the most iconic street artists of our time.
Banksyland will be in Dallas for two weekends: June 24-26 and July 1-4. Each day offers 15 time slots starting at 12 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. (July 4th ends at 4 p.m.). You can buy tickets on the Banksyland website, where prices range from $22 to $59. To stay true to the sense of mystery and elusiveness, the location of the exhibition will only be announced two weeks in advance.
Dallas is one of three stops in Texas on the Banksyland to visit. The exhibition will be held in Austin from July 22-24 and in Houston from August 12-14.
The art exhibition was produced by One Thousand Ways, an international experiential arts collective specializing in bringing immersive and in-depth performances and exhibitions to cities around the world. They have an established presence in Europe, North America and Asia, where their global team of curators and producers have driven a message of social change through art.
Banksyland is part of a wave of immersive shows in Dallas. That includes competing Van Gogh exhibitions that confused ticket buyers last summer. In May and June, Lighthouse Art Space will host a Frida exhibition, followed by a Monet and the Impressionists immersive event in July, August and September.