Banksy’s long-time publicist, Jo Brooks has confirmed that the supposed Banksy Exhibit at Norrtullsgatan in Stockholm on March 23rd was merely a publicity stunt by the gallery, and had nothing to do with Banksy.
Despite the press release from Brooks before the show, hundreds of Stockholmers queued for a chance to meet Banksy, who was rumoured to be appearing wearing a gorilla mask.
Whether Banksy had anything to do with the gala, showed up incognito, or whether the whole thing was a sham and the “appearance” rumour was merely to attract more visitors, we’re likely to never know.
What we do know is that a number of visitors broke into a room with spray cans and left their own marks on the walls. It is unclear whether this was a deliberate interactive part of the gala or just vandalism by enraged street artists that felt conned by the Banksy rumour.