“The Moco Museum focuses on proven artists with a unique vision and I absolutely loved my visit here. It was a one-of-a-kind experience!”
The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum in Amsterdam is a boutique museum with a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art. With artists like Banksy, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, they offer visitors an unparalleled collection of subversive art in which irony and humour are used to reflect on modern society.
The Moco museum has made its home in Villa Alsberg, a townhouse overlooking Museumplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, nephew of the renowned Pierre Cuypers who designed Amsterdam’s Central Station and the Rijksmuseum, which is at the opposite end of the square. This privately-owned residence was one of the first family homes built along Museumplein and retained this function until 1939. Subsequently, the house was let to priests who taught at the Saint Nicolas School in Amsterdam, and later it was converted into an office for a law firm.
No effort is spared to ensure that this breathtaking mansion makes an impact on visitors, adding an extra layer to the Moco experience. There is one small drawback, though: charming as the building is, its compact size does mean it can feel crowded during peak hours.
When I visited there were a few amazing exhibions! My two favourites:
Banksy. You probably know his name! He is a mysterious British artist known for his humorous and political street art. The Banksy exhibition at Moco contains several of his infamous street pieces, as well a large number of his indoor works, including work on canvas. One of these is his giant ‘Beanfield’ painting, a beautiful piece which is displayed on the ground floor. An impossible-to-miss eye-catcher as you enter the Banksy exhibition. Other highlights include ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Laugh Now’ and ‘Keep It Real’. The Banksy collection at Moco Museum: come check it out!
Daniel Arsham. Arsham’s work is full of the unexpected: solid surfaces appear to bend and buckle, high-tech equipment looks like it’s existed for thousands of years. Unexpected is just how Arsham likes it; he challenges our perceptions of the physical world and what is possible within. Arsham seems to enjoy a paradoxical, sometimes dystopian, view of the past, present and future.
What I also loved was their garden. They believe that the best adventures happen when you least expect them to. One day, you’re walking down the street, not minding where you’re going and whoops… You’ve just stumbled into an adventure! And what better place to start an adventure than in our magical museum? I bet you’ve never come across a huge, red gummy bear in your front garden. So take a stroll in the Moco Garden, and discover all the surprises it has in store for you – it might seem like a bit of a head trip, but there’s no better place to go if you want to wander without getting lost!
The Moco Garden collection is constantly changing and comprised of work by major international artists. Mount up! Straddle Marcel Wanders’ ‘Tempter’ and let yourself get beamed into the magical world of your childhood dreams, or stick a wish pin into Wanders’ ‘Portrait’, a work of art that forms a unique landscape of hopes and dreams, created by our visitors.
A must visit when you’re in Amsterdam and you love modern art!
The Moco Museum is a private initiative of Lionel and Kim Logchies. The exhibited works of art are on loan from their carefully cultivated international network of art collectors. Part of the proceeds from the museum will be donated to charities that are close to the hearts of the initiators.