Maison de la Photographie in Marrakech
is launching a new exhibition
LE MAROC DE JEAN PIERRE EVRARD
from October 7th to 23rd 2015. Black and white photos of buildings in Marrakech. Jean Pierre has been a friend of the Maison de la Photographie since its opening and he decided to donate the photographs in this new exhibition, a selection of beautiful prints taken since 1995.
The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (the MMPVA) currently has its home in the the El Badia Palace, in the southern portion of the medina of Marrakech. The palace is in fact a ruin that originally housed Ahmad al-Mansur, the sultan of the Saadi dynasty, so it’s good that some part of it will be put to artistic use.
The current exhibition is entitled “Traces of the Future” – a somewhat contradictory title. The artworks combine social observations with an involvement in issues that constitute the major challenges of tomorrow’s society. It has been hailed as “a celebration of the Moroccan contemporary art with visionary overtones”.
Traces of the Future brings together seven artists: Leila Alaoui, Younes Baba-Ali, Amina Benbouchta, Mounir Fatmi Ahmed Hajoubi, Jamila Lamrani Abdelaziz Zerrou. The exhibition runs until September 30th, 2015
In 2016 The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA) is scheduled to open in its new home: an impressive free-standing space designed by Sir David Chipperfield.
Regards Orientalists – art exhibition in Marrakech
Between December 26th and January 5th, 2015, art exhibition being held at the prestigious Hotel Selman just outside Marrakech.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Selman Hotel and the Matisse Art Gallery with the theme “Regards Orientalistes” .
Selman Hotel is at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, a palace with gardens and beautiful design by Jacques Garcia and built by the best artisans. It also boasts a stable of gorgeous Arabian horses.
Worth a trip to visit.
Km 5, Route d’Amizmis
Route du Barrage
+212 524 45 96 00
61 Rue de Yougoslavie, N° 43 Passage Ghandouri, Marrakesh, Morocco
Ouazazarte is not the only place in Morocco connected to the film industry.
Kasbah Films is a production services company based in Tangiers, Morocco and founded in 2006. They have recently signed on to “Morocco,” a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of the 2008 economic meltdown.
Told over 72 hours, “Morocco” turns on Simon Collins a wealthy Irish property developer who travels undercover to North Africa on the eve of the financial collapse of 2008 to embezzle funds from his company before it collapses. But Simon’s plans unravel as he comes across Karim, a local property developer and shrewd businessman who quickly discovers the scam and sets off to give Simon a lesson.
Can’t wait to see it.
The first Café Clock opened in Fez, Morocco and now there is one in Marrakech. A great place for cultural exchanges as well as a cup of coffee and a place to rest.
Cafés are spring up all over the medina of Marrakech – and a welcome addition they are too.
There is local artwork on the walls alongside vintage items, street art and a program set up for cultural exchanges and the promotion of aspiring artists. Every Wednesday there are jam sessions for musicians – anyone can bring along their instrument. There is traditional Marrakchi storytelling with an English translator on Thursday nights. Saturday nights offer live concerts. You can also find classes for yoga, darija, oud, calligraphy and oriental dancing …
More than your average café. In the Kasbah area of the old city.
224 Derb Chtouka
05 24 37 83 67
Five minutes of inspiration
A great way to get inspired about Marrakech and all it has to offer is to look at the wealth of wonderful photography available on the web. We recently stumbled upon this page which highlights just a few of the amazing things that you can see, buy, touch and photograph in Morocco:
And, if we feel like stepping back in time, we turn to British Pathe and their amazing wealth of old films shot in Morocco. We watched this one this week and particularly liked the stirring music!
Morocco – movie star central
Ewan McGregor just left Marrakech after filming My Kind of Traitor – a thriller adaptation of the novel by John le Carre about an English couple who while on holiday in Marrakech, meet a shady Russian millionaire and then get into deep trouble.
Tom Hanks has also visited recently, for his movie A Hologram for a King, which was filmed in both Casablanca and Marrakesh, so imagine our surprise when we heard more A-listers had arrived with their entourages to our city! This time it’s everyone’s favourite action hero – Bruce Willis.
Bruce is currently in Marrakesh for the shooting of Barry Levinson’s next movie, Rock the Kasbah – due to premiere in the US in the spring of 2015. He is joined by Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Leem Lubany who are also in Marrakech to star in the comedy. The story of Rock the Kasbah is about Richie Vance, a past-it music manager who decides to send one of his performing artists on a tour in aid of American troops in Afghanistan.
We heard on the grapevine that Bruce Willis was seen last Tuesday casually taking a walk in Gueliz, hidden partly in a baseball cap but instantly recognisable none-the-less!
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Morocco is awash with artistic talent. At home – and abroad – there are hundreds of excellent Moroccan artists working in various fields. One such artist that we’ve been keeping an eye on for some time now is the French Moroccan artist Yasmina Alaoui who works with her Chilean photographer partner Marco Guerra. Together, they combine their artistic talents to craft haunting and mesmerising works of art.
Born in 1977, Alaoui spent her childhood in France and Morocco, eventually studying at the Ecole Du Louvre in Paris. Guerra, was born in Chile in 1965, is a fashion photographer, whose work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Conde Nast Traveller, as well as famous fashion brands such as Levi’s and Ralph Lauren. Their work is like nothing we’ve ever seen, although we can certainly see the Moroccan influences and colours.
Their work can be viewed here (warning contains some nudity!): http://www.operagallery.com/media/132.pdf