Banksy hoax caveman artwork to return on show at British Museum (News)


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Peckham Rock got here with a extremely authentic-looking info label

A pretend cave portray by Banksy goes again on show within the British Museum, 13 years after it was first positioned there as a hoax.

Peckham Rock, basically a lump of concrete exhibiting a supposed prehistoric determine pushing a buying trolley, was smuggled into the venue in 2005.

It stayed for 3 days earlier than employees realised it did not belong there.

Banksy has now loaned the work again to the museum for an exhibition curated by Ian Hislop.

The Personal Eye editor and Have I Acquired News for You panellist has chosen greater than 100 objects for a present opening in September titled I Object: Ian Hislop’s Seek for Dissent.

When Peckham Rock was first positioned within the museum in 2005, it was accompanied by an authentic-looking info label.

“The work isn’t very huge and we predict he [Banksy] simply got here into the museum like some other customer and put in it himself – however we simply cannot make certain,” a spokesman stated.

“The knowledge label was additionally similar to those we use on the museum to forestall suspicion.”

The work was solely found after a museum employees member noticed on Banksy web site that he was difficult folks to search out the hoax work.

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Ian Hislop admires a mock portrait of himself that is within the present

Since being returned to Banksy, the rock has featured in his exhibitions in London and Bristol and is on mortgage immediately from the artist for Hislop’s exhibition.

Hislop’s exhibition goals for example tales of satire, subversion and dissent.

“At first sight the British Museum appears to be a reinforcement, if not a celebration, of authority,” he stated.

“However… there are extraordinary objects that bear witness to somebody questioning the authorised model of their occasions and deciding to make a small although typically lasting protest.”

Gadgets on present will embody an Edwardian coin defaced with the slogan Votes for Ladies, 18th Century prints mocking George IV as a drunk, and a salt cellar with hidden Catholic imagery made through the English Reformation.

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