Der Tag meines Besuches auf der UNI Graz und bei der Banksy-Ausstellung fiel ausgerechnet zusammen mit dem Tag der Invasion von Putins russischen Truppen in der Ukraine #
Der 24.2.2022 ist ein ganz schwarzer Tag für Europa.
In der Nacht zum Donnerstag erfolgte der gewaltsame, völkerrechtswidrige und unverantwortliche Angriff der Russischen Föderation auf die Ukraine. Der russische Präsident trägt somit den Krieg nach Europa.
Viele Werke in der Banksy-Ausstellung spiegelten dessen jahrzehntelange Auseinandersetzung mit dem Verlangen nach Frieden in der Welt wieder.
So gab es gerade an diesem Tag viele bemerkenswerte Parallelen zur aktuellen Situation zu entdecken: #
Russland bricht Krieg in Europa vom Zaun
Ein Besuch an der Uni Graz am 24. Februar 2022
Back to the roots …
Das Hauptgebäude der Uni Graz um 1960
Fahrräder haben die alten VW-Käfer abgelöst
Die neue UB
Semesterferien – Mein Schreibtisch im alten großen Lesesaal ist noch frei.
Karl Franzens Universität
Covid 19 – Abstands und Hygieneregeln sind überall gefragt
Weitwinkelblick nach dem erfolgreichen Besuch der Uni
Mein Studentenheim, das Schubertheim ist nun das home4students – Studierendenheim
Es gibt noch immer ein Mensamenü um fünf Euro, vor vier, fünf Jahrzehnten waren es weniger als fünf Schilling
The mystery of Banksy is waiting in a shopping centre called Citypark Graz
Vor dem Citypark kommt noch der Stadtpark
Mein Forum Stadtpark als Zentrum für Sicherheit
Return of the ducks, the students and the old age pensioners to the Stadtpark
Time to go to the Citypark:
Follow the red balloons in the Citypark Graz
Do nothing – you’ll live longer
Banksy’s Israeli-Palestinian Pillow Fight in a West Bank Hotel in Bethlehem
Queen Ziggy, Bristol
A wall on Upper Maudlin Street, near the Bristol Children’s Hospital, previously daubed by Banksy, was re-painted again in 2012 – this time with a startling black-and-white image of the Queen. The painting mysteriously, and timely so, appeared as the country celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. Banksy is firmly believed to have made this piece as his own tribute to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, depicting the crown-wearing monarch with a jagged blue and red lightning flash across her face, just like the 1970s David Bowie creation Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane.
He spray-painted the words „I DON’T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING“ in red capitals on a wall beside Regent’s canal in Camden, north London, with the words disappearing below the water.
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The British artist Banksy has been criticised by officials in California for the „frivolous abuse“ of an elephant which he had painted to look like pink wallpaper.
The elephant, Tai, was the main attraction at Banksy’s first US exhibition, which opened last week in Los Angeles, drawing celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Tai was painted to blend in with a set-up of a living room, and was supposed to symbolise how the problem of world poverty is ignored.
With the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, where better for Banksy to create a mural satirising government surveillance? Banksy’s Spy Booth artwork appeared on the wall of a privately-owned house overnight in April 2014. The mural was so popular with tourists, the Georgian house became one of the UK’s most photographed homes and was given listed status protection by Cheltenham Borough Council in 2015.
Banksy’s Choose Your Weapon (also known as CYW) first appeared on a wall of The Grange pub, in Bermondsey, London, in 2010. Shortly after the stencil appeared on the street, it was boarded over. It then reappeared, framed and covered in Perspex. In August 2016, it was reported that the Perspex itself had been covered in posters and flyers obscuring it from view entirely. It is unknown if the work still exists in the same location, or if it is just obscured from view.
Keith Haring’s “Barking Dog” motif—featuring colorful canines with their mouths open mid-yap—is one of the street artist’s most universally recognizable symbols, and remains a testament to his dedication to accessible art. “Art is nothing if you don’t reach every segment of the people,” he once said. The dog’s simple, cartoonish shape references Haring’s interest in Egyptian hieroglyphics—an example of how humans communicate their experiences through universal shapes and signs. Haring’s “Barking Dogs” can be found throughout his body of work, from early subway tags to merchandise sold in the artist’s Pop Shops. In 1990, just a few months before his early death, Haring chose to immortalize his “Barking Dog” motif alongside four of his most celebrated symbols in a series of lithographs titled “Icons,” cementing the graphic canine as one of the most important symbols in his body of work.
“Banksy’s Di-Face Tenner is an iconic, unusual, and early work on paper from 2004. Di-Faced Tenner is essentially counterfeit money representing £10 notes. At least 100,000 were printed — enough to total £1,000,000 in fake currency. It was created for a public stunt Banksy had orchestrated that involved dropping a suitcase full of the fake currency in public, during rush hour at the Liverpool tube station in London and at the Notting Hill Carnival and Reading Festival. Later that year, an unknown amount of Tenners were also released at the exhibition preview of Santa’s Ghetto, held at Lazarides Gallery. Today, originals and reproductions of Di-Faced Tenner are popular souvenirs, and torn pieces of the Tenners are used as a symbolic seal of authenticity on the majority of Pest Control authentication certificates.”
“Banksy Is Giving His Painting of Chimpanzees Overrunning Parliament a Special Appearance to mark Brexit Day”
Artnet News, 29 March 2019, online.
It was first unveiled as part of the Banksy vs Bristol exhibit in 2009, and was lent to the Bristol Museum in March 2019, marking both the exhibit’s 10th anniversary and Britain’s original planned exit from the EU on 29 March.