Controversial British street artist Banksy is set to stage an exhibition in MOSCOW, it emerged today.
More than 130 paintings, sculptures, graffiti, collages and videos by the guerilla artist will be exhibited in the Russian capital.
Banksy recently staged a month-long residency in New York which generated huge publicity for his work.
The Voice of Russia website claims the exhibition will take place at the Manezh Exhibition Centre.
Vitaly Borisov, founder of the Russian street-art group Letscolors, said: “I think it will be one of the largest cultural events in Russia and I’m sure that plenty of people not only from Moscow, but from other cities and countries will come to see this exhibition.
“The phenomenon of Banksy’ popularity, in my opinion, lies in the simplicity and openness of his works.
“There is always a mix of informative, social and art message in his graffiti, but without the complex implication that often scares the public away.
“Banksy’s works are comprehensible to everyone, which is quite rare in modern art.”