Ammar Abo Bakr will create a mural in Bijlmer!

Posted on April 05, 2018

For the first time ever, an Egyptian artist will paint a mural of a Bijlmer building. Ammar Abo Bakr will be working on a contemporary piece of art at the facade of the Bijlmer building called Hakfort between April 9 and 26. The mural is part of the Urban Art Festival that started in October 2017 with the exhibition ‘The Art of Painting’ at Roest Amsterdam and will be included in the R.U.A. Street Art Tour, which leads along the murals we realized between 2011 and 2014 in the Bijlmer.

Ammar Abo Bakr is an Egyptian street artist and muralist from Luxor. Ammar’s art is influenced by Egyptian heritage as he intertwines themes of Coptic, sufi, ancient Egyptian and popular art. He gained recognition due to his paintings in the streets of Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution, which had the function to inform and bring people together in times of separation.

The officiall opening of the mural will be on the 21st of April at Oma Ietje in Heesterveld, Amsterdam Southeast. This is also the day that the R.U.A. Street Art Tour App will go live again. The app will lead you along the mural paintings in the H-Buurt with a virtual guide. The app offers background information about R.U.A., the participating artists, the buildings, and the neighbourhood. As part of the jubilee celebration 50 years Bijlmer, enough reason for R.U.A. to celebrate too!