When you want to visit a museum in Amsterdam you might get overwhelmed by all the options. You could always go for the beautiful, yet more straightforward establishments like Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank house. However, if you are looking for a truly unique way to experience modern and contemporary art, the Moco Museum might be exactly what you are looking for. This thrilling, fun, and unique museum is located in a beautiful mansion near Museum Square, right in the heart of Amsterdam and it displays a wide range of cheeky art that uses irony and humor to reflect on present-day society. They display the famous art of Banksy Jean-Michel Basquiat, JR, KAWS, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and many more.
An important reason why many people visit the museum is because it houses quite a few pieces of Banksy’s art. Bansky is an enigmatic British artist who is most famous for his political street art, but has also made some indoor pieces. The museum has some of his street art as well as quite a lot of his indoor pieces. These paintings all come from private collections. The biggest Banksy painting the museum displays is called ‘Beanfield’. The painting, which is 2.5 metres long and 3.5 metres wide, is the eyecatcher of the ground floor of the museum.
The building that houses the museum is also quite interesting. It is called Villa Alsberg and it was built in 1904. It was designed by Eduard Cuypers, who was a nephew of the famous architect Pierre Cuypers, who designed the Rijksmuseum and the Amsterdam Central Station. Originally it was a family home and it served that purpose until 1939. After that the house was inhabited by priests who taught at the Saint Nicholas School and later it housed a law firm. The Moco museum has been there since 2016. Because it was originally used as a family home, the space is limited. This makes the museum cosy, but it also means that the place can be crowded.
Together with Studio Irma, the museum created the Reflecting forward exhibition, which is associated with the connectivist art movement. The movement, that was created by George Siemens in the early 2000’s, wants to create understanding in our global and digital world through empathy and compassion. It is a way to grasp and comprehend the ideas and visions of our modern world. This unique take makes the Moco museum one of the most interesting museum Amsterdam has to offer.