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Banksy exhibit opens in Milan on heels of auction stunt

A person admires a preview of the "A Visual Protest. The Art of Banksy" exhibition dedicated to British artist Banksy, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The exhibition will open to visitors Nov. 21, 2018 through to April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

MILAN (AP) — The MUDEC museum in Milan is hosting the first exhibit of street-artist Banksy’s works in an Italian public museum, just weeks after the artist grabbed international attention by partially shredding one of his works at a London auction.

Curator Gianni Mercurio said Tuesday that the stunt boosted the artist’s popularity with the general public but also the art establishment.

Mercurio said that “this performance and the explosion of prices of works by Banksy has gathered interest from certain mechanisms and people in the art system that had up until now snubbed him.”

The show, which runs until April 14, is not authorized by the British artist, whose identity remains famously unknown. It comprises about 80 works, including paintings and prints, alongside objects, photographs, videos and memorabilia.

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