Love Is In The Bin - Banksy

2023 / 07 / 01 Sat.

2023 / 08 / 13 Sun.

10:00 - 18:00

  • Artist


  • Venue

    MoCA Studio

  • Notice

    Priority access will be given to those who make online timed-entry reservations in advance.

  • Supervisor

    Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government

  • Organizers

    Taipei Culture Foundation

  • Exhibition Sponsors

    Louisa Coffee
    Hui-Neng Chi Arts and Culture Foundation

  • Logistic Cooperation

    Sunway Express Co., Ltd.

  • Exhibition Media Cooperation

    ART ECHO mnews
    The News Lens

  • Exhibition Cooperation

    Atelier Or
    CosmoC Lighting

  • Nominated Supplier


  • Special Thanks

    Architecture Department of Shih Chien University

  • Annual Sponsors

    Hui-Neng Chi Arts and Culture Foundation
    Contemporary Art Foundation
    Royal Inn

  • Annual Sponsor for Appointed TV/Screen


  • Annual Media Cooperation

    Radio Taiwan International


Li-Chen Loh, Director of MoCA TAIPEI

In 2018, a remarkable transformation of the renowned artwork Girl with Balloon by Banksy into Love is in the Bin, has continued to be an exciting topic of discussion in the contemporary art world. This discussion was not only fueled by the artist's fame and controversial actions but also by the disruptive nature of the piece, which goes beyond superficial spectacle. Moreover, it provokes a multifaceted discourse about the possibilities between artistic creation and the art market; between subcultures and mainstream culture.

Banksy's creations, known for their originality and subversive creativity, have captivated audiences worldwide. Using multi-layered stencils and spray paint, his street graffiti allows for swift and anonymous creation, reflecting on the antisocial and enigmatic characteristics that challenge and satirize current social conditions. His works range from street graffiti and conceptual sculptures to installations and films, addressing issues such as anti-war sentiments, anti-capitalism, state surveillance, concerns for gender, marginalized population, and social inequality, which he imbued with humanitarian concern.

Banksy's work Love is in the Bin has been hailed as one of the most representative contemporary art creations of the 21st century. The work in its previous form, Girl with Balloon, was one of the pieces Banksy initiated on the streets of London in 2002 using multiple layers of stencils and spray paint. The simple image of a little girl reaching for a flying red heart-shaped balloon has become one of Banksy's iconic symbols, appearing in numerous international social movements and human rights campaigns. The piece depicting the innocent girl with the drifting balloon seems to symbolize the gradual loss of innocence in society while reminding people to always hold onto hope.

In 2018, right after Girl with Balloon was sold at auction, a concealed shredder within the frame was activated, causing the artwork to partially shred into strips as it slipped out of the frame. While a malfunction of the mechanism left the work only partially shredded, it became the first artwork to be created at an auction event. Subsequently, Banksy's official representatives, Pest Control Office, issued a certificate for the piece, renaming it Love is in the Bin. The self-destructing work and its subsequent renaming exemplify his direct and precise reflection on the relationship between media influence, audience interest, and the value of artistic creation.

In 2023, as the world gradually recovered from the impact of the pandemic, the collector of this work hopes to offer the audience the opportunity to experience this globally discussed artwork through an international touring exhibition of Love is in the Bin, with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MoCA TAIPEI) as the first stop. MoCA TAIPEI has always been dedicated to responding to current social issues through art, and curating exhibitions that address topics such as politics, human rights, environment, and gender. These efforts align with the spirit of Banksy's works, which advocate for social justice, challenge capitalist hegemony, support freedom of speech, and promote human rights values.

In preparation for the arrival of this significant artwork in Taiwan, MoCA TAIPEI has devoted utmost care and attention to our facilities, and maintenance of the artwork. We extend our sincerest gratitude to our collaborative partners and organizations who promptly offered their professional assistance and valuable resources. We would like to express our deep appreciation to our esteemed partners, Louisa Coffee and Hui-Neng Chi Art and Culture Foundation, for their generous support. We are also grateful to Pest Control Office. We would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of Atelier Or, CosmoC Lighting, and the Architecture Department of Shih Chien University in designing the exhibition space at MoCA Studio, creating an immersive environment that allows visitors to fully engage in the artwork. Additionally, we extend our thanks to Sunway Express Co., Ltd. and Sotheby's for their advice and support in international transportation, and AUSPIC SELECT for their exclusive sponsorship of the paper materials. Our gratitude extends to ART ECHO mnews and The News Lens for their comprehensive coverage, as well as the continuous support and valuable suggestions from various sources, all of which have played a pivotal role in realizing this exhibition. We eagerly anticipate that this exhibition will provide the audience in Taiwan with an opportunity to witness the brilliance of Banksy's original piece and experience the profound impact this work creates.





An anonymous artist, social activist, and filmmaker based in the UK, Banksy has caught the attention of the world since the 1990s, with his mystery-shrouded identity and embodying the spirit of resistance against the system. His work engages in a variety of pressing issues, ranging from anti-war sentiment to government surveillance, capitalism, freedom of speech, climate change, etc., fully demonstrating the power of street art as a valid art form to respond to society.

Banksy’s unique style is a mixture of humor, irony, and social critique. His provocative street art practices are viewed as a challenge to the traditional art world and art market, often triggering debates over art, copyright, and the use of public space. Often surrounded by controversies as well as praise, Banksy’s works are sometimes criticized by local governments and are subject to removal and destruction. Even though his works are highly critical, they all originate from his concern for society. Banksy highlights the injustices and inequalities through his works and generates resonance as well as awareness in society, utilizing the very nature of graffiti to exercise the power of art intervention.

Despite his mysterious identity, Banksy is a powerful influence within contemporary art history. Through his artistic practice, he prompts the public to reflect upon and question the values and modes of behavior in contemporary society, creating a lasting impact on contemporary art and social activism.

Online Reservation Notice

Online Reservation Notice

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Reservation Information
1. Admission to this exhibition is free. Priority access will be given to those who make online timed-entry reservations in advance. Reservations are not available on Mondays.
2. Reservation Website: During the exhibition period, each email account is limited to making a maximum of two reservations, with a maximum of 2 persons per reservation (including infants and companions). Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
4. Reservation Opening Hours
First Phase: 06/21 (Wed.) 12:00pm → Visiting Period: 07/01 (Sat.) - 07/16 (Sun.)
Second Phase: 07/05 (Wed.) 12:00pm → Visiting Period: 07/18 (Tue.) - 07/30 (Sun.)
Third Phase: 07/19 (Wed.) 12:00pm → Visiting Period: 08/01 (Tue.) - 08/13 (Sun.)
5. MoCard members and individuals who are eligible for free admission or discounted rates to the museum, are required to make online reservations in advance.
6. This exhibition only accepts individual reservations and does not accommodate group reservations or guided tour requests.

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1. Please arrive at the start time of your booked slot and present your electronic ticket at the entrance of the exhibition. You will be allowed to enter the exhibition after your ticket is scanned.
2. Each time slot lasts for 1 hour. The latest entry time will be 20 minutes before each time slot ends. Visitors without advance reservation are allowed to visit the exhibition depending on the capacity. The gallery will be cleared during the final 5 minutes of each time slot. Please cooperate with the on-site staff to exit.
3. Visitors who arrive later than the latest entry time of the reserved slots will not be able to enter.

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Love is in the Bin


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