The restoration of the mural by Keith Haring on the terrain of the Food Center in Amsterdam-West has started this week. An international team will be working for six weeks on what remains Haring’s one but biggest still existing work in public space in Europe.
The American artist and activist Keith Haring (1958-1990) had his first solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1986. Because he wanted his work to be accessible to all, he roamed the city with young graffiti artists and painted the giant imaginary animal on the wall of the former museum depot of the Stedelijk in one movement, standing on a platform. It was his gift to the people of Amsterdam. Until recently, the building served as a cold store for the Amsterdam Food Center.
Due to humidity issues in the building, the mural disappeared behind a metal façade in 1994. 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 project. In an item by local newsoutlet AT5, restorer Antonio Rava and project manager Véronique Baar tell more about the conservation plan.
Image newspage: Keith Haring mural, 1986 | Photo: Hanna Hachula. Artwork © Keith Haring
Keith Haring mural restoration has started