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The world’s largest Banksy exhibition is now open in Dubai

Featuring 120 of the artist’s works, fans of street artist Banksy can now visit The World Of Banksy exhibition in Dubai.

A partnership between Dubai Culture and Mall of the Emirates, The World of Banksy, opened earlier this week and will run until 30 June. 

The world’s largest Banksy exhibition features 120 recreated pieces of Banksy’s most inspirational works for art connoisseurs and culture vultures to enjoy. All Banksy’s worldwide exhibitions are unauthorised, with the artist proclaiming that he encourages anyone to ‘copy and borrow’ his art. 

The World of Banksy offers insight into the renowned artist’s work, influences, and inspirations, allowing local art enthusiasts to get up, close and personal with his work. The exhibition will showcase some of Banksy’s most iconic frames and murals, such as Girl with a Balloon, the Flower Thrower, the Mobile Lovers, and many other famed works.  

With little being known about the mysterious Banksy, the artist’s recreated exhibitions are eagerly attended by art lovers worldwide keen to learn more about the enigmatic yet mysterious figure.

Hala Badri, Director-General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said: “This immersive exhibition will further enrich the emirate’s art scene and is in line with Dubai Culture’s vision to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent. The World of Banksy will embody the Authority’s firm belief in the importance of activities of this nature and their role in enriching the public’s thinking and culture, introducing residents and citizens alike to international art. This is in line with one of our strategic objectives to make culture everywhere and for everyone, enabling society’s participation in the flourishing cultural movement in the emirate. Hosting the works of one of the world’s most prominent artists in the world presents an exceptional opportunity to highlight Dubai’s creative and cultural sector on a global scale, coinciding with one of the sectoral priorities of our strategic roadmap to enhance the emirate’s cultural footprint on the global stage.”

Banksy exhibition Dubai

The exhibition will be open every day between noon and midnight at Level 2, through the Theatre accessed straight from the car park beneath Ski Dubai and. Spread across 1,000sqm, the gallery allows visitors to follow the artist’s journey through a series of rooms, each organised by the location the murals appeared in.

Banksy’s most recent works include a coronavirus-inspired artwork that appeared on the London underground network in July last year and the mural of an escaping prisoner on the side of the now derelict Reading Prison, which appeared last month.

Street art enthusiasts will be delighted by the arrival of a Banksy exhibition in Dubai, which comes a month after acclaimed artist and activist Shepard Fairey unveiled his first Middle East murals in Dubai.

GO: Visit malloftheemirates.com for tickets and more information.

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David Tapley - Editor
Dubai-based editor for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications across Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Specialised in food, hospitality, arts, culture, and travel-related content.

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