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Moco in Amsterdam

It has been a little quiet here at Spoonful the last weeks. I have been busy with a couple of great projects for my other company, Dutch Discoveries, for which I organize talks on Dutch culture. Therefor I had to leave my blog alone for a while.

As always, when you take a step back from something, it gives you perspective. I have really missed writing about art.

There is lots to talk about, especially in Amsterdam these days.

The city has a brand new museum. Last Saturday, Moco Museum opened. The Moco (Modern Contemporary) is situated at the Museum Square, in a beautiful monumental villa. It is the fourth museum on the block, but the first that focuses on art after the 1950s. It is also the only one at the square that is privately owned. Amsterdam follows the trend of private museums, that we see emerging everywhere in the world. The owners of Moco also own the Lionel Gallery close by in the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat.

The name Moco sure is an nice addition to the list of Amsterdam museums, which have a tendency to be unpronounceable for most foreigners. Try getting out ‘Rijks’, ‘Stedelijk’ or ‘Van Gogh’ in a nice manner… Kind of hard for a non-Dutchie. Moco fits right in the line of internationally renowned modern museums such as MoMa (Museum of Modern Art, New York), MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) and MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona).

Moco opens with exhibitions of street art icon Banksy and pop art darling Andy Warhol. Big names, that make for a nice introduction for the museum to the public.

I am excited to find out what Moco will be showing in the future. Next up is an exhibition of Salvador Dali, a name that always sounds great. I have also read plans to bring the work of Kaws and Maya Hayuk to the museum.

Great expectations!



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