Less than a week before opening of “Street Art: Banksy & Co. – L’Arte allo Stato Urbano” exhibition in Bologna, Italy, Blu and his friends from XM24 and Crash collectives, started buffing and erasing all of his murals in Bologna. As a protest against the rich and powerful who take street art off the street, this is the way artist is preventing Genus Bononiae, a cultural output of Fondazione Carisbo, and the patron of this project, Fabio Roversi Monaco, from removing the walls from the public and making them private property.
With the raise of street art popularity and value, more and more individuals and organizations are organizing shows with works whose primarily purpose was to be viewed in public by the general public. By allegedly “salvaging them from demolition and preserving them from the injuries of time”, these groups are privatizing these works and are backed by powerful and rich lobbies in the process. Well, after being included in the show against his will, Blu decided the only way to prevent these people to trade his work is to is the works disapear. And that is happening right now all around Bologna.
See more images from WuMingFundation.com after the jump and stay tuned for more updates on this matter.