If there is something I wish to do more often, it is going to a museum. Visiting a museum is not for everyone and I have to be honest, it really depends on the exhibition and artists. I am really into modern art, so when I saw there was an exhibition from Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein in Amsterdam, I just had to go! Just before the end of 2017, my mom and I went to Moco Museum in Amsterdam to see these two exhibitions. ??
I had been to the Museumplein in Amsterdam before, been to the Rijksmuseum and walked around the I Amsterdam sign but I had never seen Moco Museum. I don’t know why because the building alone looks amazing, as you can tell from the photos above. My mom and I bought tickets online beforehand so we were able to walk in right away. Very handy because it was raining when we first got to Amsterdam.
∿ BANKSY ∿
First we saw all of the art pieces displayed in Moco from Banksy. The identity of Banksy has always been talked about and has stayed anonymous. Banksy’s graffiti art has been featured on walls all around the world. Every single piece he makes has a meaning or thought behind it. Some have really political thoughts behind them and others are a lot more lighthearted. I really like the fact that it all has to do with what’s going on at the moment and he uses it in his art in a comical/sarcastic way.
In total there were a lot of different rooms with his art featuring different themes. One of the art works Banksy is most known for is ‘Balloon Girl’. ❤️ This is also one of my favorite works so you can imagine what I took a lot of photos of and what I might have bought in the gift shop… Oops.
∿ ROY LICHTENSTEIN ∿
After seeing all of the Banksy art, we moved on to see the works of Roy Lichtenstein. Roy Lichtenstein is mostly known for his pop art, inspired by comic strips. In MoMa, New York, my mom and I already saw some of his works. From far away you aren’t really able to tell the amount of dots that are actually used in the paintings, but from up close you can really see all the details. During the exhibition my mom and I were talking about the fact that you can see a change in the art pieces through the years. I think it’s interesting that he also started using bigger dots and different kind of techniques.
You might recognize one of the art works in the photos above. The ‘Crying Girl’ is a very popular one. I took a photo very up close and I love it. You can really see the detail of it.
At the end of the exhibition they created a 3D room. I thought this was a great way to really experience the art. In the photos it might still look like a painting but you could sit on the stools or lay down on the bed. They even put the Vincent Van Gogh portret on the wall above the bed. If you search for Moco Museum on Instagram, you can see people take tons of photos in this room. Sweet dreams, baby! ?
The 3D room was just besides the gift shop so of course we had to check that out as well. Since I really enjoyed the two exhibitions I got three prints from Banksy & Roy Lichtenstein, a phone case and a sweater (which my mom and I are going to share) with ‘Balloon Girl’ on it. I am sure you’ll see these items in a new blog post pretty soon! Anyways, as you can tell from this post, I really enjoyed my visit to Moco Museum. I will definitely go back there when they have any new exhibitions. Which do you prefer: Banksy or Roy Lichtenstein? Have you ever been to Moco Museum?