Barcelona and Banksy

So, who is BANKSY? Not much is known about him, not even his real name, his date and place of birth. His works are mainly satirical takes on politics, pop culture and morality but he hides his real identity from the general public.

Last October 2023, Jack and I decided to visit the Banksy Museum in Barcelona. It is now a permanent fixture, showcasing over 100 replicas of his iconic works. (Banksy didn’t spray here himself – other artists used his stencils.)

Stepping into this museum allows visitors to immerse themselves in Banksy’s world and creative vision through urban settings. Since the doors of the museum opened in 2020, it has offered an inspiring journey through his impactful art and its influence on society.

This first photo that I snapped is one of my favorite works of his, “Girl with Balloon,” which was first spotted in London.

On the opposite wall, there’s a picture of a little girl sitting with a red balloon. The word “NO FUTURE” is written above her.

Banksy’s earliest know artworks surfaced in late 1990 in Bristol, England and this led to the assumption that Banksy originates from Bristol.

Banksy’s art tackles big issues like war, consumerism, and unfairness in a witty and daring way, making us rethink about how society works.

There is a floor dedicated to the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem which is a project by Banksy. Every art and every room is filled with his art.

The next part is an outdoor area which features his works as well as collaboration with Freebyrds.

Well, that takes me back to the question… who is Banksy? I guess no one really knows except for himsef.

These are photos all taken with my iphone. Linked to Johnbo’s Cellpic Sunday

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing. I would like to visit this museum if I go back to Barcelona some day.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, definitely a must see especially if you’re into streetart.

  2. restlessjo says:

    It’s a whole new level of fame as a street artist, to have a museum dedicated to you.

    1. Teresa says:

      People are taking him seriously. Not “just” a street artist.

  3. Toonsarah says:

    Wow, I’d love to visit this museum one day!

    1. Teresa says:

      You will love it 👍

  4. margaret21 says:

    This is a Barcelona museum I don’t know … yet. Thanks for the introduction.

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure to share Margaret ❤️

  5. What a great subject for the theme, Teresa! I’m sorry I missed this place when we were in Barcelona. I’d heard of Banksy, but never saw any examples of his work.

    1. Teresa says:

      I just saw two of his original work in Bristol but I didn’t know that he has this many works. Glad I did visit the museum. Thanks John.

  6. scooj says:

    Great museum. I know at least four people who know Banksy. Sadly I do not.

    1. Teresa says:

      Does he really come from Bristol?

      1. scooj says:

        Yes, absolutely 100%. He used to paint with his friends at the Barton Hills youth club where one of the carers was John Nation, who nurtured young talent in Bristol, including Cheo, Inkie, Nick Walker and others.

        1. Teresa says:

          That’s good to know 👍

  7. Wind Kisses says:

    I am such a fan of Bansky. I didn’t know of the museum. Great history about him. Thank you. A great post Teresa.

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad I saw it on Youtube so I was able to book my visit.

  8. Julie says:

    That’s cool! I am entertaining the idea of traveling to Spain and I may add the Banksy museum to the list.

    1. Teresa says:

      That’s great then, Julie. Hope to see your posts next time.

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