Urban frescoes. Piero meets an artist called Bansky

20.06.2020 - 10.01.2021

A selection of over twenty screen prints will be on display from June 20, 2020 to January 10, 2021. Banksy recognizes these prints as fundamental elements in spreading his ethical messages. The reproduced pieces have genealogies and heterogeneous paths, sometimes becoming like real "urban frescoes" which were often removed, stolen or consumed by time. These are the images that have brought about the success of an artist who is considered one of the most complex, brilliant and intuitive of our century.

The Civic Museum of Sansepolcro presents the exhibition “URBAN FRESCOES. PIERO meets an artist called BANKSY” curated by Gianluca Marziani and Stefano S. Antonelli.

After the COVID-19 emergency, the exhibition spaces of the city museum will reopen with the most famous pieces of the mysterious artist from Bristol, framed within the generic boundaries of street art. It will be possible to closely observe many pieces such as the iconic Girl with Balloon, Love is in the Air, Virgin Mary or Toxic Mary with all its references to the iconography of the Renaissance.

Regarding the links between Piero and Banksy, the curators Antonelli and Marziani write in the catalogue: “The hieratic image of Christ emanates a solid civic feeling, recreating an iconic weight as guidance for a moral future.  The Christ of Piero is a leader of the spirit and of action who shows the way and stigmatizes errors offering to the city an inclusive and participatory model based on the alchemy of pietas and pathos.  That Christ, who holds the banner in his hand, is majestic with his athletic posture and he observes the present with the ethical weapons of universal themes. These are the same themes that return, with due differences, in Banksy’s overall imagery. They include the education of young people, the fight against bullying and intrusive power, warnings about social control, a love of nature, tolerance and integration. These are like the front page of the human agenda and Banksy’s moral obsessions resemble the ideal visions of Piero della Francesca, with his dream of a polis that communicates high values through narrative walls and metaphors with high figurative impact.”

The exhibition is sponsored and supported by the City of Sansepolcro, promoted and produced by Metamorfosi Cultural Association, in collaboration with Civita.

EXHIBITION HOURS:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-13,30 and 14,30-19


Full price ticket 10 Euros

Reduced tickets: € 8,50 for groups of at least 10 people and for young people between 19 and 25 years, by special agreement with the Museum, residents of the City of Sansepolcro.

Special reduced ticket: 4 Euro for kids between 11 and 18 years old

Ticket Exhibition and Museum 15

Reduced Ticket Exhibition + Museum 13 €

Special reduced ticket exhibition + Museum 6,5 €

Free admission for children under 10, for disabled persons and accompanying persons, accredited journalists, one tour leader for each group, two tour guides for each school group, ICOM members, tour guides (with professional qualification card), military, schools of Sansepolcro.


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Urban frescoes. Piero meets an artist called Bansky

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