Some special news: the mural by Keith Haring at the Foodcenter in Amsterdam-West has been granted monument status. The Amsterdam commission of Heemschut, a heritage association, asked the municipality to declare the building and the mural to be a monument and succeeded.
The building is a design by Nicolaas Lansdorp. The imposing construction is mainly famous for the mural by Keith Haring that was restored last year, under QKunst’s supervision. An international team worked for six weeks on the restoration of Haring’s but one biggest still existing mural in public space in Europe.
Haring painted the mythical animal in 1986, when he had his first solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Eight years later the mural disappeared behind a metal façade due to humidity issues in the building. During the rediscovery in 2018 the mural turned out to be in a reasonable condition. Experts established that conservation was necessary to preserve the work for the future. In 2019, QKunst made a conservation plan.
Consortium Marktkwartier (consisting of Developers Ballast Nedam Development and VolkerWessels), the municipality of Amsterdam and the Keith Haring Foundation agreed to share the costs. QKunst was commissioned to supervise the restoration.
A documentary about the restoration is being made. Check out the teaser.
Image newspage: Keith Haring mural, 1986 | Photo: Hanna Hachula. Artwork © Keith Haring
Keith Haring mural granted monument status