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Moco Museum Barcelona: A Contemporary Art Wonderland

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Moco Museum Barcelona: A Contemporary Art Wonderland

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Text: Anna Mar

September 25 2023

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Barcelona, a city renowned for its rich cultural heritage, is a new home to the Modern & Contemporary (Moco) Museum.

In the middle of the difficult time of the Corona Pandemic, the Moco was opened on October 16, 2021. The museum’s founders, two Dutch collectors Lionel & Kim Logchies, opened a similar private museum in Amsterdam in 2016, which has been a success. For Barcelona, they chose a good location – in a 16th Century palace on Montcada Street in the heart of Barcelona, next door to the Picasso Museum. Palacio Cervelló is formerly the private residence of the noble Cervelló family until the 18th Century. Today Palacio Cervelló welcomes visitors with an impressive Gothic facade and a huge sculpture by American artist Kaws.

“Final days” in wood, reproduces again the famous Companion of Kaws, inspired by Mickey Mouse, and eyes crossed out with an X. With open arms, he seems ready to welcome every contemporary art lover.

In the halls of the Moco Museum, visitors will also see that most of the works are large in size. The sheer size of some of the works on display at the Moco Museum was one of the reasons that prompted Lionel and Kim Logchise to look for a new location.

The Moco Museum Barcelona shows a wide variety of collections of modern and contemporary art and pieces of modern street art.

As we enter the museum, we are greeted by the colourful work of Spanish artist Miranda Makaroff. She celebrates women and brings their pleasures and desires to life in vivid colours.

Another Spanish artist represented here is Yago Hortal. He creates spontaneous color forms in the painting that seems to emerge from the canvas.

Famous and provocative English artist Damien Hirst presents in Moco Sacred Heart, an embalmed bull’s heart with wings that are also real.

Other big names on the ground floor are the David LaChapelle, with a large photograph The Last Supper (New York, 2004) whose characters seem to have just stepped out of an advertising campaign, сontemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whose influence on Japan is equivalent to Andy Warhol’s influence on America, is also represented here. His art combines Japanese and Western elements to create unique, fantastical worlds that are cute and sometimes scary.

And, of course, the queen of dots – Yayoi Kusama, represented here by the painting “Night Stars” with dots (white on black background) characteristic of her work.

No modern museum is without the works of these three iconic artists: Dali, Andy Warhol and his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Dali

Andy Warhol

Art, to me, signifies freedom, and art thrives on freedom.

Andy Warhol

Kaws

Banksy

The room dedicated to the young Chilean artist Guillermo Lorca is impressive with large-format paintings that combine fantasy world and realism. It’s the first European solo show by this contemporary artist, organised by Simon de Pury, legendary auctioneer, art dealer and one of the leading figures in the art world.

Like in Alice in Wonderland, the further you walk through the halls of the Moco Museum, the “curiouser and curiouser” the world around you becomes.

In a windowless room with a large screen, you enter an alternative reality of Refik Anadol’s mesmerising installation.

Refik Anadol is a Turkish-American media artist and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. He creates real magic.

The Mocao Museum presents the latest innovations in art and technology. Studio Irma (Irma de Vries) from Denmark builds amazing digital immersive art experiences. What is immersive art? It’s the creation of a world or environment around a visitor or audience, constructed in a way that makes them feel part of or an inhabitant.

Another room showcases many of the world’s most innovative digital artists with their NFTs. It is important to note that the Moco Museum is one of the first exhibition spaces in Europe dedicated to the NFT phenomenon.

The Moco Museum has quickly become a must-visit destination for art lovers and the curious. Foxylab New York Magazine advises you to explore a truly amazing collection of renowned modern and contemporary artists.

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