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Ian Hislop picks Banksy hoax for British Museum dissent show

Graffiti artist’s Peckham Rock placed in museum as prank will feature among objects illustrating subversion
Ian Hislop in the prints and drawings study room at the British Museum. Photograph: The Trustees of the British Museum

At the time it was somewhat embarrassing but 13 years after Banksy installed a hoax exhibit at the British Museum curators are finally seeing the funny side.

The museum has announced it has approached the artist to lend a piece formally known as Peckham Rock – a small “cave painting” of a stone-age hunter pushing a supermarket trolley. The artwork was left in the museum by Banksy, along with a convincing panel.

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