Amsterdam is now home to the largest Keith Haring mural in Europe, reports Juxtapoz magazine. Last week, a formerly hidden piece by the late New York artist was unveiled at a press conference in the city’s historic Marktkwartier (Market Quarter).
The mural is classic Haring, featuring a white-outlined figure riding a strange sea creature, and was first created in 1986 on the facade of Stedelijk Museum’s storage depot. Haring was exhibiting at the museum that year and gifted the additional mural to one of the city’s working-class neighborhoods. A few years after its creation, the mural was covered by aluminum panels to regulate the temperature inside the building.
According to Widewalls magazine, the building was scheduled for redevelopment and possible demolition, but after a years-long effort to rescue the mural, it was finally re-revealed to the public on June 18.
A “hidden” #KeithHaring mural was just unveiled in Amsterdam! 🎥 by @sashabogojev
Graffiti artist Aileen Middel (aka Mick la Rock) spearheaded efforts to save the mural, having worked for four years to preserve Haring’s work and bring it back to light. Present at the reveal were Middel, Stedelijk Museum director Jan Willem Sieburgh, Vroom & Varossieau gallery’s Olivier Varossieau, and Keith Haring Foundation executive director Julia Gruen.
The piece is currently not accessible to the public but can be viewed from West Amsterdam street Willem de Zwijgerlaan.
Very special moment this morning: the Amsterdam KEITH HARING mural sees daylight (and rain) after being hidden for 30 years. We were there to witness and celebrate this together with @vroomandvarossieau @stedelijkmuseum @jasperkrabbe @ballastnedam @volkerwesselsinbeeld @keithharingfoundation @gemeenteamsterdam and the famous restorers Will Shank and Antonio Rava. #veryspecialmoment #keithharing #dreamcomestrue #amsterdamkeithharing #saveourharing #urbancontemporaryart #graffitiart #mural #1986
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In other art news, here’s Highsnobiety’s recap of Art Basel 2018.