BANKSY IN TOKYO ?



Banksy’s works still attract a lot of public attention. Today the authorities in Tokyo are trying to find out if a cute rat drawn in a corner of Hinode Station is actually a gift left by the internationally known and mysterious street artist. The drawing depicting a rat wearing an umbrella, was found last December on a door intended to prevent flooding during high tides, near Hinode Station in Tokyo. An investigation is currently under way to determine if the image was created by the British artist and the government has removed the door to avoid any damage. However, finding the answeris not going to be easy,  as there is no resident Banksy expert in Japan…


Who is Banksy?


Destruction, a creative passion for Banksy…

The captivating and often political works of Banksy have made him one of thebiggest names of the international street-art scene, but, for Banksy, the destruction of art is still art because it does not destroy private property; he embellishes it with his hopes, his fears, his goals, his anxieties and his dreams.

In 2006, he replaced 500 copies of a Paris Hilton CD in dozens of music stores in London. In his new version he remixed the music and titles and changed the cover photo. One version showed Paris Hilton with a dog’s head, another with bare breastson the cover … To date, no CD has been returned and, given his renown, some can be found on E-Bay for amounts exceeding $1000 …

That same year, he placed a life-sized inflatable doll in Disneyland, California depicting a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wearing a now-famousorange suit …

The artist also violated the law several times, visiting the largest museums in New York, Paris and London to show his works without the galleries’ blessings. He managed to show his version of the Mona Lisa with a smiling face, a stone painting depicting a prehistoric man pushing a shopping cart, and his version of the tomato soup can previously painted by Warhol…

Last October, he performed one of hismost spectacular pranks by selling the ‘Girl with Ballon’ at Sotheby’s, a 2006 aerosol painting which self destructed with the help of a remote control mechanism to control the back of the frame. This all played out to a dumbfounded public after being sold for $ 1.4 million at auction. Since then, the partially jagged canvas has been renamed “Love is in the Bin” and has already doubled in value …



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