As bizarre as it may sound it was entertaining to view street art closed up inside of the museum. Leaving aside the guilt wakening knowledge, that the artist himself doesn’t approve of the art displayed all at one place, I viewed all that I could find at the Moco Museum in Amsterdam. And that was quite a lot considering the compact size of this historical townhouse built in 1904 and converted into a boutique museum which opened in 2016.
The exhibition “Laugh Now” contains nearly 50 works by Banksy – a superstar street artist whose real identity is not known officially and who has been active since 1990s. Unconfirmed rumors claim he is a British artist born in Bristol. Some more information about his way of seeing the world can be found in the documentary “Escape Through the Gift Shop” (2010) featuring footage of interview with Banksy himself. The rest is all in his work around the world, from UK to Israel and in USA between others.
Apart from all the media buzz around the Banksy phenomenon, there is also art: he seems to care about the real social problems and reflect it in a very approachable way. All these years he (…she or them?) had millions of convenient possibilities to become recognizable face apart from the signature but he didn’t and I really like the consistency of that.
For now the artist’s work does all the speaking and some more of his personal communication to the world can be found on his instagram account @banksy .
For me it was the first time visiting a museum that displays street art and I have to confess that I did enjoy it a lot. The diversity of works included in contrast to the old mansion made the visit worth the time.