The ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ exhibition opened in the Amsterdam Museum on 18 September 2015. This is a first for the museum and the cities of Amsterdam and NYC to exhibit Graffiti from New York and Amsterdam side by side. The Amsterdam Museum has never before had an exhibition been dedicated solely to graffiti in New York and Amsterdam.
Featuring more than 200 pieces, the exhibition tells the story of how graffiti reigned supreme in 1980s New York and reached across the ocean to inspire Amsterdam graffiti writers too. The Amsterdam Museum has joined forces with The Museum of the City of New York to bring works by big New York names like Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones and Lady Pink to the Netherlands for this unique exhibition. Their story will be added to with work from the Amsterdam graffiti scene. This will include work that has never been exhibited before, by graffiti artists like Shoe, Delta and Cat22, plus photographic and video material, sketch books (‘black books’) and objects like clothing.
The ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ exhibition explores graffiti as a cultural phenomenon. The exhibition will show how Amsterdam graffiti writers like Shoe and Delta were influenced by American artists like Lee Quiñones, Dondi and Rammellzee in the 1980s. The 1970s will feature too, being the time when Dr. Rat and Hugo Kaagman were active in the city. The exhibition will use historic visual material and objects like denim jackets and black books to chart the development of graffiti from a street phenomenon to an accepted artistic movement. The exhibition will also shed light on the difference between graffiti and street art. The ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ exhibition will show how a young generation was able to change the street scene thirty years ago. Their influence is still very much evident today, in music, fashion and contemporary visual culture.
” The works (by Keith Haring, Cey Adams, Crash, Futura 2000 and Daz) to be exhibited in the Amsterdam Museum show how graffiti reigned supreme in 1980s New York and reached across the ocean to inspire Amsterdam graffiti writers too” The Museum of the City of New York
“The Amsterdam Museum tells the story of the city of Amsterdam: then, now and in the future. Four key values – entrepreneurship, free-thinking, creativity and citizenship – form the basis for the city’s DNA. Each of these values are used to bring history to life and link it to the present day and the future” The Amsterdam Museum
If you’re in Amsterdam its open to the public until 24 January 2016 make sure you don’t miss out…
The ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ exhibition has been made possible in part by The Netherland-America Foundation. The Amsterdam Museum Foundation receives structural support from the municipality of Amsterdam, BankGiro Loterij and Allen & Overy.