"The Happiest Place on Earth": Banksy opening Dismaland (a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism)


This weekend, Banksy opens Dismaland, his answer to Disneyland.

After taking over the Bristol Museum, a show which atttracted 300000 visitors, Banksy once more returns to a place where he spent happy days - when he was a young boy.

Banksy insiders know that he referred to this 'seaside resort, town and civil paris in Somerset, England (located on the Bristol Channel coast)' before: he made a print in 2003, in an edition of 150 copies, called 'Weston-super-Mare'.

 

The "bemusement park" will give room to 'a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism': Damien Hirst, David Shrigley, Jenny Holzer, Banksy and 40 other artists will show their work.

 

 

Banksy targeted Disneyland before: in 2006 he smuggled a life-size statue of a Guantanamo Bay detainee into Disneyland (Paris).

 

 

The local newspaper The Weston Mercury can not believe her luck:

"National and international media have been speculating all week about whether the anonymous artist was eyeing the former seafront pool for a new show.

Banksy’s representatives have continually refused to either confirm or deny whether there was any truth to the rumours – but now the Mercury can not only confirm that Banksy IS coming to Weston, we can also reveal that tickets to his opening day will be available only to Mercury readers.

 

 

The ‘locals only’ day, scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) is an idea which stemmed directly from Banksy, who told the Mercury he hand-picked the Tropicana venue himself during a visit to the town.

He also revealed his pride at being able to revive a building he remembers fondly from his own childhood.

Banksy said: “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour.

“I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once more stand in a puddle of murky water eating cold chips to the sound of crying children.”

 

 

The new show, named Dismaland in a swipe at Disneyland, is built around a twisted ‘bemusement park’ theme, and follows months of top-secret planning and installation work.

The exhibition will include 10 never-before-seen pieces from Banksy himself, all along thought-provoking themes and displaying his trademark controversial edge.

Altogether, the exhibition includes pieces from more than 50 artists from 17 different countries – including work from the likes of Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Weston from around the world to take in the show, which will run for six weeks from tomorrow (Friday).

 

 

Demand for the 4,000 tickets per day – with viewing sessions scheduld from 11am-6pm and 7-11pm – is expected to be sky-high.

Tickets must be bought in advance via a new website – www.dismaland.co.uk – which is due to go live today (Thursday).

However, tomorrow’s opening day is reserved for a locals day from 11am-3pm."

Gepost op: 2015-08-20 in: kunst

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