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35 years of graffiti collected

Dutch Graffiti Library

The decision to name our collection and activities Dutch Graffiti Library goes back to 2014. We aspire for the future to put this collection at the service of education, museums and research, and to make it comprehensible to the public. It must serve as a modern library, both online and physical. The collection consists of an overview of more than 35 years of graffiti, recorded and documented in thousands of original mainly personally taken photographs, blackbooks with original sketches of many writers from everywhere, books, magazines, prints, silkscreens and posters.

Stories

When American artist Keith Haring, then 27, comes to the Netherlands for his first solo exhibition in Amsterdam in the spring of 1986, he doesn’t spend all his time at the Stedelijk Museum. He goes ...

Vrijdag 20 september 1985 - De documentaire ‘Strijd met verf en inkt’, die de VARA vrijdag uitzendt, is een onderhoudende, soms humoristische en onthullende kijk op die wereld van bizarre tekening...

When you publish a graffiti book it’s almost impossible to be complete or to track every one mentioned and get all the pictures you want. Also with the book about Disz. But for us the intensive rese...

De expositie is een overzicht van uitingen die voortkomen uit de tegencultuur graffiti. Een cultuur met de stedelijke omgeving als fundament, waar talenten ontplooien en creatieve ontwikkeling plaatsv...

After more than four decades the lifework and unique heritage of tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher will be valorized, preserved and made visible and accessible to the public. We are proud that Sanne van...

Ruyzdael announces the release on October 25th of Shave’s Cut, Cult. Need. & Dedication in collaboration with Dutch Graffiti Library. The book is a tribute to graffiti in the Netherlands. A manifest...

The production of “Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands” involved months of research into several private archives, including the two largest existing archives of punk graffiti related document...

In collaboration with the HipHopHuis and guest curator Lee Stuart, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an exhibition about hip-hop and its influence on fashion and lifestyle....

Amsterdam notes

The Dutch adventures of Keith Haring

An inside story by Chris Reinewald (1955), published by Dutch Graffiti Library, about Keith Haring (1958-1990) in Holland, just before his worldwide breakthrough. Plus: never shown works by Haring and the Dutch graffiti scene of the 1980’s

The first Dutch writer bombing the New York City subway

Disz.

Finally after more than 30 years an answer to the question “What is a young man from The Hague doing bombing the one line in the 145th Street Tunnel with Bodé nudes?” asked in the book ‘Spraycan Art’ has arisen!

Now in our gallery:

Goodies
and
Baddies

The custom made Atomic Baby Clones, alter-ego TOY’s of the original Gods Vicious Baby: ANGEL TBH CTK GVB