In November, Trip and I flew last-minute to join my sister and her husband while they were traveling around Europe.
I was planning our trip and trying to find something art-related to do. Amsterdam has some of the world's best museums but we were only there for three days so I had to carefully pick which ones we would attend. I read about the Moco Museum, featuring works by Banksy, Warhol and Basquiat, and didn't have to do any convincing to get the crew to come with me. Banksy is a cool cat, whether you like his art or not. He's illusive and leverages powerful messaging through graphic and original imagery. He's also highly impersonated which I always find entertaining.
We walked across town at sunset from our hotel in 9 Streets. I was so pumped to see a WhIsbe "Vandal Gummy" outside of the museum (I had no idea there was one in Amsterdam and had only ever seen his graffiti). That was a nice little surprise upon entrance.
The museum is small...my favorite kind. Moco looks like an old historic house. It was curated with Banksy's disruptive art from all over. A lot of it was actual wall that had been removed from structures and hung in slabs. I loved seeing his work up close - I'd never come across anything he'd done before except online and in film. Trip was fortunate enough to see his work when he lived in New York, something I will be eternally jealous of.
We walked around for over an hour, although you could do it in less. The small space held 3 of my favorite artists in history so I could have probably stayed longer but was already grateful for that time. It was very very cool. The iconic works in that little nugget were worth traveling across the world to see. We could have chosen from The Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House, or the Van Gogh Museum, but Moco was the right choice for this vacation.
I feel you can't really go wrong with any museum there; they are all epic. Some of the most important art ever created lives in Amsterdam. Everyone loved Moco and it shouldn't be missed next time you're there.
Random creative thoughts and adventures...sprinkling art into every opportunity.