photo of werk Martin Wong Martin Wong, Tell My Troubles to the Eight Ball (Eureka)

Events — Dec 9, 2023

During Meet the Masters, Claire van Els (Stedelijk curator), Raquel van Haver (artist) and Freek Wallagh (Nachtburgermeester Amsterdam), among others, will talk about what fascinates them about Martin Wong's work. Wong found little connection in the art world during his lifetime. In the American counterculture scenes of the '70s, '80s and '90s, however, his voice was appreciated. With these experts, we look at Amsterdam's changing urban landscape through the eyes of Martin Wong.

Valid museum ticket + €3
Children (18 and under): Free
Dec 9, 2023, 11 am until 5 pm
Main language
Dutch and English

“Everything I paint is within four blocks of where I live, and the people are the people I know and see all the time.”

— Martin Wong


11 am – 5 pm
Walk-in workshop with Streetart Frankey (NL/EN)
11 am – 12 pm
Guided tour for the deaf and hearing impaired (NGT, Dutch Sign Language)
11 am – 13.30 pm
Workshop: Introduction of Dutch Sign Language by Musea in Gebaren (NL/NGT)
From 2 pm
Introductory lectures: Martin Wong (NL/EN)    
2.30 - 3.30 pm
Meet the Masters: Inspired by Martin Wong (NL)
With: Raquel van Haver, Freek Wallagh, Claire van Els and Diego Oliveira
By: Mirthe Frese
6 pm
Museum closes

More about the program

Photo of Installation view 'Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief'


2.30 – 3.30 pm, Teijin Auditorium

Martin Wong found little connection in the art world during his lifetime and became an important voice in the American counterculture in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. His poetic paintings show the social, sexual and political situation of that time. Wong was inspired by his immediate environment and interweaves stories about queer existence, graffiti, Chinese iconography and the changing urban landscape. 

This edition of Meet the Masters presents, among others, Claire van Els (curator Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Raquel van Haver (artist) and Freek Wallagh (Night Mayor of Amsterdam), who will share what fascinates them about his work. We take a closer look at Amsterdam's changing urban landscape, as if looking through the eyes of the artist Martin Wong. Dancer Diego Oliveira closes the program with an impressive choreography inspired by Wong. 

This program is compiled and presented by Mirthe Frese. 

Meet the Masters. Photo: Maarten Nauw


11am - 5 pm, Entrance

Streetart Frankey creates funny and subtle street art that invites passers-by to look at the city in a different way. Join Frankey and find playfulness in the everyday.

  • Photo of Freek Wallagh
    Freek Wallagh. Photo: Eva Plevier
  • Photo of Raquel van Haver
    Raquel van Haver. Photo: Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
  • Photo of Claire van Els
    Claire van Els. Photo: Boudewijn Bollman
  • Photo of a NGT tour
    NGT rondleiding. Photo: Maarten Nauw


11.00 am – 12.00 pm, sign up at the information desk in the entrance area

Martin Wong depicted his environment in his paintings; from the buildings to the people, but also texts in the ASL (American Sign Language) alphabet. Join our tour guide and discover the work of this artist together. 

For this tour, we ask you to book a ticket in advance: 



11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., starts every half hour, Audi Gallery, 0.1, registration not required 

Musea in Gebaren makes art and culture accessible to sign-speaking deaf and hearing-impaired people in the Netherlands. They do this in various ways, for example by training tour guides and making videos. But how nice would it be to know a few words of Dutch Sign Language as a hearing person? This short workshop will help you get started!


NL: 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm and 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
EN: 2.45 – 3.00 pm and 4.15 – 4.30 pm

Audi Gallery, 0.1

Prepare yourself well for the Malicious Mischief exhibition: attend a 15-minute introductory lecture. Of course you are also welcome to share your experiences after your visit.  

About the exhibition MALICIOUS MISCHIEF 

Malicious Mischief presents work by Chinese-American artist Martin Wong. The exhibition spans the breadth of his practice including painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture, as well as personal memorabilia.  

More info

Meet the Masters

Book your ticket now and discover Martin Wong in new ways.