Banksy and Warhol are the stars of a new museum in Amsterdam
If you happen to be traveling to Amsterdam this year, you won’t want to miss the exciting new exhibitions that are opening up in Museum Square.
Moco / Modern Contemporary Museum will open its doors to the public the beginning of April. The opening exhibition will combine works of art by Pop Art-protagonist Andy Warhol and Street Art-legend Banksy.
The new museum for modern and contemporary art located on the Museum Square in Amsterdam wants to reach out to a wide, international and young audience. During the exhibition there will be more than eighty works of art from both artists, among which the 3 x 4 meters painting “Beanfield” by Banksy, which was showcased last in 2009. A very important canvas that characterises Banksy as an activist artist.
Moco museum is a private initiative by Lionel and Kim Logchies, owners of LionelGallery on the Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam. For more than eighteen years the couple has worked with works of art by renowned names within the international art scene. From Picasso to Koons, from Hirst to Basquiat.
The couple now gives Banksy, who has been at the top of the art world for more than two years, the unauthorised exhibition he deserves. Before the artist was known to secretly place his works of art in museums.
By establishing the Moco Museum they are able to show the top pieces of art which would normally stay outside the reach of the general public. Many artworks are given on loan to the museum by an international network of initiators.
Set between the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum the Moco Museum is located in the impressive ‘Alsberg’ townhouse, designed by the architect Eduard Cuypers, cousin to the world renowned Pierre Cuypers who was responsible for the design of the Rijksmuseum which is positioned on the opposite side of the Museum Square.
The refurbishment of the quarters was done by Studio Piet Boon. Within the museum you will find a vegetarian restaurant, a giftshop and there is also the possibility to host events in the museum.