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Amsterdam Street Art - The Red Light District Amsterdam Guide - discover the secrets!
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Amsterdam Street Art

Date: 7. jul 2018.

When walking through the streets of Amsterdam during your Amsterdam tour, you will be able to see many beautiful street art pieces. Amsterdam is one of the favorite big cities for the so-called street artists. While graffiti is often perceived as vandalism and penalized by the law, in Amsterdam there were many attempts by the municipality to reach out to the graffiti artists. The best known graffiti artists received commissions, galleries began trading in graffiti art, and some pieces were purchased by the modern art collections. Graffiti’s are mostly painted on temporary construction fences, so it is a very dynamic scene that changes almost daily.

The artistic movement which came to the streets of the world’s big cities after graffiti is now called the street art. This artistic movement includes not only the painting techniques close to graffiti as stenciling and wood blocking, but also all kinds of artistic performances and protest art activism.

If you are interested in the subject, make sure to visit the Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA), which is a project run by the non-profit foundation Glamorous Outcasts. The collection is designed in such a way that you can visit all of the pieces within 3 hours and provide a flexible starting platform for the small scale local economy.

Their unique street art collection is constantly growing not only the number of artworks but also the stories about internationally acclaimed artists who specialize in creating art in public space. The museum provides the artists with the residence opportunity in Nieuw-West. Local residents work part-time as tour guides and support crew during the events.

This project was founded by Anna Stolyarova originally from Ukraine, now living in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The project features more than thirty murals, hidden within the greens of the Geuzenveld-Slotermeer that has been specifically commissioned for the area to enhance the bond between the residents, art in public space and the neighborhood. The museum focuses on classic Latin American Murals and connection between the new production techniques of the contemporary art movement or graffiti/street art to its historical origins.

You should also know that you don’t need to go far to find a good piece of street art in Amsterdam, it is located on the walls and construction fences all over the city. Just a casual stroll around the city streets enables you to enjoy this new art movement which is public and free.

There are also cases where the street art is being sold in galleries. That way you can bring the street art into your home. Today, street art connects to the most prestigious art collections and world’s museums and just a decade ago graffiti or stencil art were considered an act of vandalism. The works of the most famous street artists are now being sold for huge amounts of money.

Some of the new galleries like ArTicKs are specialized in street art. It is a small gallery at one of the canals in the Old City of Amsterdam, within 5 minutes walking distance from the Central station. It specializes in most recent streams of street art, vibrant and lively artistic movement, which got the wider public attention through artists like Banksy and Ernest Pignon-Ernest. ArTicKs gallery represents several upcoming young artists from the collective in Amsterdam area, as well as other artists from the whole Europe.