Just a short distance from the sea, the Salone degli Incanti in Trieste originally housed the city's New Fish Market and combines functional needs with Art Nouveau elegance: characterised by large windows with slender arches, lending lightness and airiness to the architectural structure, the building has been converted into a modern and elegant exhibition area.
Precisely in this location, Banksy's major exhibition takes place:
THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR. BANKSY (Unauthorised exhibition). Curated by Gianni Mercurio, sponsored by the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region and the Municipality of Trieste, and organised by PromoTurismoFVG in collaboration with Madeinart, the exhibition aims to highlight one of the most famous and mysterious artists of our time. In this historical period, the iconicity of the 'Little Girl with the Red Balloon', the little girl watching her balloon fly away, is, more than ever, a timely and clear cry for freedom and hope.
Anonymity, invisibility and the ability to convey messages through graffiti make Banksy a fascinating and controversial artist. His graffiti denounce war and violence, protest against the injustices of the world, shout messages of hope and freedom, conformity, migration and much more: his art is born on the walls, with the aim of being spread on the web and making inroads into the hearts of everyone, especially the young.
His unique and instantly recognisable style screams silently on the walls and then expresses itself on social media and booms out in real live performances. In the wake of this popularity, comes this event.
The exhibition space also offers workshop activities with the intention of raising the awareness of even the youngest visitors on important and increasingly topical issues through art.