Marrakesh – an evolving city with new cultural spaces
The amazing confluence of design talent in Marrakech is testament to the city’s vibrancy. Marrakech is a city of inspiration, innovation and creativity and proves itself to be a magnetic draw to artists and designers from all over the world. It is also a rich source of creativity for Moroccans themselves.
Artists and designers draw inspiration from both the traditional and modern aspects of the city of Marrakech – the combinations of colours, patterns and design are tremendously appealing. You can pick this up just wandering around the souks – and you can see it reflected in countless blogs, design magazines, and websites that feature Moroccan-inspired design.
We’ve put together a new list of must-sees in and around Marrakech for those interested in art, culture and gardens:
Recently-opened museums in Marrakech
MACMA Musée d’Art et de Culture de Marrakech
Opened in February 2016, this privately-owned art and culture museum is in a modern 400 m² space that is light and airy within the constraints of museum exhibitions and the requirements of conservation. Permanent exhibitions will be enriched with collectors’ pieces both private and from foundations. There are paintings, objets d’art and old black and white photographs. The museum also boasts an art library and literary café with poetry readings and musical evenings.
The museum is in the new town of Gueliz. 50 dh entry charge.
Musée de la Civilisation Marocaine de l’Eau — the Museum of Moroccan Civilization and of Water was officially opened by Crown Prince Moulay Hasson on January 5th, 2017. It highlights Moroccan expertise in water management in what is an arid part of the world and how it is managed and distributed in villages and town.
It is designed to raise awareness among Moroccans about the value of water and water conservation.
It also draws attention to the role played by the Islamic foundations and the spiritual dimension of water.
There is a permanent exhibition as well as temporary ones and plans are underway for an outdoor exhibition to supplement the museum.
Recently opened gardens featuring both art and gardens
Musée de la Palmeraie
Le Jardin des Arts
Musée de la Palmeraie
Several kilometers away in the Palmeraie (Palm grove) that is along the road to Fez, you find the Musée de la Palmeraie, opened in 2011, that features a photographic exhibition, modern paintings and sculptures by Moroccan artists. It is housed in a beautiful building and grounds that has a mix of sculptures and gardens – a herb garden, a rose garden and an Andalusian garden – and a space for kiddies. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Douar Tounsi – Route de Fes – Marrakech Palmeraie
Tel : +212 661 085 352
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Along the road to Ourika, 27 km from Marrakech, is the Anima Garden opened in April 2016. The garden is a labour of love by Austrian artist, André Heller. What was previously a rose garden but no longer viable is now a 2-hectare space filled with hundreds of varieties of trees and plants. Anima is in addition a cultural space featuring works of art by German painter Hans Werner Geerdts, as well as numerous colourful sculptures.
There is a shuttle service several times a day – from the parking area behind the Koutoubia mosque right in the centre of Marrakesh.
Le Jardin des Arts, Gueliz
In the new town of Guéliz, a sculpture park featuring thirteen works by various Moroccan artists, Le Jardin des Arts is another new addition to the gardens of Marrakech.
Open to the public since November 2016, it is situated close to the Bardai roundabout on Avenue Mohammed V.