I like people – artists – who can take something we see every day and place it in whole other context. Banksy is master at this: he looks at a barcode and sees a cage in which animals can be trapped.
Since 2016 there is the Moco Museum which stands for Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam. It is located on the museum square in a villa between the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
It is said that it has art that is more easily accessible than the modern art that is being on display in for example the Stedelijk. But the thing I like about the art of for example Andy Warhol and Banksy is that at first glance everybody immediately knows what they are looking at. But a couple of seconds later you are pondering what Banksy meant with the leopard escaping from the barcode. Breaking free from consumerism or calling attention on the protection of wildlife?
By making art accessible, these artists also involve all the people enjoying their art in a public debate. And I love the fact that probably everybody feels the social criticism the artists have put on display Moco after they have left the museum — instead of wondering whether what they looked at for the past two hours was actually art.
Moco is simply a great place to stop by and enjoy the current exhibitions of Bansky and Liechtenstein.