The graffiti art and the discover of the Keith Haring’s mural in Amsterdam


  • Caterina Soliani Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata, Istituto Restauro Marche


Palabras clave:

Keith Haring, Amsterdam, Murales, 1866, Stedelijk Museum, Street art


The purpose of this work is to contribute to the continuous growth of the art world (Street Art in particular) and to discuss how it is essential for the discovery of artists. These artists have been pioneers and forerunners of new pictorial techniques, freeing creative and psychological flair, and combining the latter with the artistic technology that promises great things despite limited materials. 

The intention of this article is to consider the elements of artistic expression that are less commonly subject to discussion, such as the world of Street Art. This form of artwork has not always been understood or accepted, with street artists waiting for the opportune moment to express the narrative, experiences, and emotions of society through their artwork, a power that unites sentiment and encourages change. 

It is art which affects the community, the population and society. It is designed above all others to become part of the collective memory through violence of image and colour. 

This project led me to come into contact with one of the many artistic artefacts of the Street Art movement, the Keith Haring’s mural in Amsterdam, a piece that makes me. understand and appreciate the problems inherent to these type of works, simple, synthetic, but never simplistic. 

Therefore, a project, a study and a restoration hypothesis were conducted on one of the many works by Haring. The purpose of this was to shed light once again on the mural made in 1986 by the artist, situated in the Groothandeles Market of Amsterdam. No longer visible for thirty years, the mural was covered by insulation panels placed two years after its creation.

With professors Antonio Rava and William Shank, the association Keith Haring Foundation of New York, the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, in collaboration with the gallery Vroom & Varossieau, specialised in road art, on 8 June, the large metal sheet panels were removed and one of the greatest murals by Haring could once again be admired.


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Cómo citar

Soliani, C. (2020). The graffiti art and the discover of the Keith Haring’s mural in Amsterdam. Revista Eviterna, (8), 236–249.