Banksy fans were convinced the mystery artist had secretly turned up outside the Glasgow exhibition after a Grim Reaper was spotted in the city.
Video footage emerged last week of the hooded figure roaming the city’s Royal Exchange Square in a remote-controlled bumper car.
The Grim Reaper is one of Banksy’s most famous works, having first been sighted in Bristol.
It has since been the subject of two previous exhibitions in New York in 2013 and at Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare in 2015.
This led fans to suspect that it might be the artist himself secretly visiting the exhibition.
But the mystery was solved after the Gallery of Modern Art revealed it was an attempt to lure visitors into the museum.
Starting Friday night, the Grim Reaper will be circling the Glasgow area to the tune of the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ to lure people into the nightly Cut and Run exhibition.
The elusive artist’s first solo show in 14 years took place in Glasgow last month under the guise of secrecy.
Banksy, whose identity has never been publicly revealed, used stencils from many of his most famous artworks to create new versions for the exhibition.
The artist said he brought the exhibition to Glasgow because his favorite work of art – the statue of the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone on it – is right in front of the gallery.
When the show launched, Banksy said, “I kept these stencils hidden for years because I was aware that they could be used as evidence in a criminal charge.”
“That moment seems to be over, so now I’m exhibiting them as works of art in a gallery.”
“I’m not sure which is the greater crime.”
The exhibition proved popular as day tickets sold out quickly, but art fans can still take an evening excursion or stop by on the day of the event.
The nearby Max’s Bar on Glasgow’s Queen Street serves free Irn Bru margaritas for late-night show tickets.
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