Moco Museum Top 10
The Moco Museum (Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam) is an independent museum focused on bringing a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art to the broad public. It’s Moco’s mission to represent what’s happening on the streets and champion that voice. A visit to Moco is an unforgettable experience and a true eye-opener – In art we trust. Here’s what you need to see, Top 10 Highlights at Moco Museum in Amsterdam.
Girl with Balloon (Canvas)
Girl with Balloon first appeared in London’s South Bank in 2002. This is a work that the planet needed, which is why it has been so well received. Girl with Balloon is proudly one of Banksy’s most empowering works to date. The purity of the artist’s black and white stencil image and pop of red captures an innocence. It is so simple, yet so strong.
For many of us around the world, we associate our childhood memories with this little girl and the heart-shaped balloon as a symbol of peace, happiness, innocence, and wild dreams. Does she reach out for the balloon or has she released it? Come see her at Moco Museum in Amsterdam.
Girl with Balloon (Canvas), Banksy, 2003, Spray paint and emulsion on canvas, 50.5 x 50.5 cm.
Throughout his career, KAWS has toyed with the traditional boundaries of being an artist. Final Days is the latest addition to the Moco Garden exhibition at Moco. Visitors will encounter KAWS’ hatless Kurf character, which is inspired by the cartoon Smurfs. The larger than life-size artwork is sculpted from afrormosia, a historic African wood that is believed to hold spiritual energy. The Moco Garden exhibition allows visitors to closely interact with outdoor sculptures from contemporary masters. Finally, meet Final Days at Moco Museum.
Final Days, KAWS, 2016, Afrormosia Wood, 207 x 163 x 229 cm.
Black Blue Painting
Mark Rothko was one of Abstract Expressionism’s biggest stars, having developed a signature style of painting. With deep meditation, he would layer thin washes of paint to achieve surfaces that spiritually connected with audiences. From 1968 until his death in 1970, Rothko experienced heart troubles, and almost exclusively worked on paper at his doctor’s requests. Black Blue Painting is a lasting example of Rothko’s power. Although the modern artist’s departure from this world was untimely, he leaves us with a work of great control, peacefulness, elegance, and distance.
Black Blue Painting, Mark Rothko, 1968, Oil on paper, laid on linen, 121.3 x 101.9 cm.
Night of Stars
Yayoi Kusama is the Polka Dot Princess and one of the most successful living artists. During her childhood, Kusama experienced hallucinations; describing them as ‘flashes of light, auras, or dense fields of dots’. Night of Stars is the result of her lifelong obsession with dots. The large-scale painting hangs in its own immersive exhibition space at Moco Museum. Discover what it’s like to see Night of Stars!
“My life is a dot lost among thousands of other dots.” – Yayoi Kusama
Night of Stars, Yayoi Kusama, 2007, Urethane resin on canvas, 194 x 194 cm.
Jean-Michel Basquiat set the tone for the decadent 1980s New York art scene. Like a supernova, he shot to fame with street art that was inspired by science, anatomy, and African cultures. In Flexible, Jean-Michel Basquiat references sculptures of gods and goddesses from different sub-Saharan African cultures.
The screenprint was released after Basquiat’s death, stamped and signed by the artist’s sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, who administer the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
“I don’t think about art when I make art. I think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat
Flexible, After Basquiat, 2016, Screenprint, 153 x 116 cm.
With an unmatched wit, British street artist Banksy often uses monkeys to remark on what’s hilarious and hypocritical about being human. Ten Monkeys was originally made for a night club in the UK. The incredible stencil piece features an army of ten monkeys, standing side by side, that issue a warning: Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge. Visit Moco Museum to see this rare and exceptional work by Banksy.
Ten Monkeys, Banksy, 2002, Spray paint on painted board in three parts, 107.5 x 604.5 cm.
Stik is a London-based street artist who uses stick figures to connect with communities around the world. He is a self-taught artist who has gone from homelessness to becoming one of the art world’s most beloved human beings. The street artist personally trusts in art because creativity is central to an active healing process. Book your tickets to meet Moco’s Little friend by Stik.
Little friend, Stik, 2013, Spray paint on shutter, 284 x 252 x 6 cm.
The Dollar Sign is among Andy Warhol’s most powerful images, just like the Campbell’s Soup Can. The Pop Artist’s work represents the crucial intersection between art and wealth, and the idea that one can’t exist without the other. Although he came from a working-class family, Dollar Sign is a reflection of Andy Warhol’s deep obsession with consumer culture and his own commercial success. See the Moco Master’s work in Amsterdam at Moco Museum.
Dollar, Andy Warhol, 1982, Silkscreen on handkerchief mounted on cardboard, 47 x 44.4 cm.
The rotary phone was invented in 1878, and much like the complex calling systems of long ago, Keith Haring too painted with a complex system full of detailed and powerful symbols. Perhaps, it’s because the telephone serves as an immediate symbol for connection that Haring was interested in this object. He thought it was important that his artworks were seen by as many people as possible. For the young pop-graffiti artist, art is the device that connects and unites us.
“Art is for everybody.” – Keith Haring
Untitled (Telephone), Keith Haring, 1981, Ink and gouache on paper, 91.4 x 125.7 cm.
The collaboration between Moco and Studio Irma has resulted in a new immersive digital art exhibition – “Reflecting Forward”. Brightly colored lights, dance, and music drive you through the interactive works of art. The Diamond Matrix is a favorite of the Mocommunity as visitors get to explore and enjoy reflecting in their own way.
Diamond Matrix, Studio Irma, 2020