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The Museum of the Art of Living

art of living museum, in Marrakesh

The museum of the Art of Living is a must-visit in the Medina. Located close to Bab Taghazout, this picturesque museum was once the home of the 19th century Marrakchi poet, Ben Omar.

Lovingly restored in 2006 by Abderrazzak Benchaabane – who spent four-years renovating the property – the museum reopened its doors in 2010.

Today, tourists pour into the museum, which is spacious and cool and is spread over a generous 500m2, across six rooms. This is a great place to learn about Moroccan culture in the comfort of air-con. Inside there are displays of textiles, rugs, paintings all giving a broad overview of the traditional Berber lifestyle. One room is a dedicated reading room – which provides ample respite from the heat and crowds.

The other key place to relax is the Arab-Andalusian style garden and terrace on the rooftop, which offers outstanding views.

Eagle-eyed visitors may notice some similarities with the design of the Majorelle Gardens which was also restored by Abderrazzak Benchaabane, at the request of Yves Saint Laurent.  Overall, this is a chic, well-conceived place to spend an afternoon. Recommended.

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Black on White gallery – Art in Marrakech

Art gallery Marrakech noir blanc galerie

Sometimes an afternoon calls for a cultural outing. While in Marrakech there is ample to see just from wandering the lanes, the cool of an art gallery offers space for quiet reflection. A visit to the serene Black on White gallery is a great choice.

A sleek and modern space, the gallery promotes contemporary art in Morocco via various mediums – from painting, drawing, sculpture and photography to installation, performance and video art. The gallery represents twenty artists and highlights their work through regular exhibitions.

The current show ‘Childhood: Art’ is on display until January 20th. Artists include Florence Arnold, Azrhai Aziz Rashid Bakkar, Benjkan Salah Ahmed Ismael Ben Hicham Benohoud, Bigot Martine, Mahi Binebine, My Youssef El Kahfai, Abdelhaq Elyoussi Alain Gerez Ahmed Hajoubi, Tibari Kantour, Christophe Miralles, Mourabiti Mohamed Hassan Nadim Beatriz Nirtán, Jihan Rihani and Nawal Sekkat.

All of these artists have agreed to relive their childhood through this exhibition, using this quite by Baudelaire as their inspiration: “the toy is the first initiation of the child to the art.” Take a visit to see the results.

http://www.galerienoirsurblanc.com/

located in the new town of Gueliz, 48 rue Yougoslavie, 1st floor, Imm. Adam Plaza

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