MOCO Museum will premiere the first solo exhibition in The Netherlands of International contemporary artist THE KID. Where contemporary art enlightens humanism in the social crisis and democratic decay of our 21stcentury!

An exhibition that will push boundaries, wake up humanity and shake up Museum Square in Amsterdam. MOCO Museum spotlights Internationalcontemporary artistTHE KIDfor its upcoming November exhibition. MOCO and THE KID co-curate the artist's first solo show in the Netherlands – The Future is Old.

“The Future is Old”

Mass shooting / Individualistic indifference / Institutionalized racism / Social determinism / Inequality of Opportunity / Ever-threatened civil rights (…)Does the current state of the broken American dream exemplify where too many of our democracies are heading for today, and many more in the very near future?Is history repeating itself? Will youth stand up and say no to a future that looksalready old?

Youthful portraits attract visitors with beauty and the perception of a bright future. However, on close examination, cuts and bruises reveal a darker side of reality. THE KID uses art as a means to make us question the notions of power and privilege and more generally the current evolution of humanism in our democratic societies. 

THE KID’s hyper realistic bigger-than-life portraits and life-size sculptures confront the audience with deeply personal stories that expose the injustice in America and beyond in many democracies around the world today and make us question the current evolution of mankind’s History. The socially critical exhibition intends to open up our minds – ultimately, enlightening a more compassionate, understanding world. 

THE KID started to work on his series of oil paintings and life-size sculptures The Future Is Oldas of the end of the year 2017. This series of art works was sparked by the strong impression made on THE KID by the Summer 2017 events in Charlottesville-USA where civil right counter protesters were violently attacked by American nationalists and white supremacists opposing the project of the municipality to take down the equestrian statue of General Robert E Lee, a leading figure of the Confederates and an historical defender of Afro-American slavery.

THE KID questions how the recent and current social and political history seems to repeat itself in too many countries and the stance today’s youth will decide to take, inspired by Martin Luther King and the words of his wife and famous civil rights activist Coretta Scott King: “Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation”.

“THE KID: The Future is Old” is why MOCO Museum believes art can do more. The realistic appearances of gripping details of violence – bloody noses, busted lips, scars and scratches, gang tattoos, wounds, and other graphic images and historical role models – summon crucial social subject matters catching our attention and asking for immediate action from each one of us. 

About contemporary artist THE KID:

Already internationally recognized for his thought-provoking and socially committed body of art works, THE KID is a natural born citizen of the world and a self-educated multidisciplinary contemporary artist, who hijacks traditional technics of the old European Masters -drawing, painting and sculpture- to question the social issues facing contemporary youth today and even more tomorrow in our polarized world of the 21st century, such as the social determinism, the ever-threatened civil rights, the inequality of opportunity or the thin frontier between innocence and corruption for today’s youth. When asked about his work THE KID likes to underline his exceptional body of works with the famous words of the great 20thcentury Master Picasso: “Art is not made to decorate apartments, it is an offensive and defensive weapon of war against the enemy”.

Photos: Courtesy Studio THE KID (all rights reserved).