Tag Archives: Photography

New openings in Marrakech

Marrakesh – an evolving city with new cultural spaces

Jardin des Arts sculpture park Marrakesh

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.

Green yellow mask Anima Garden Marrakech

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

MCMA Marrakech Art and Culture Museum

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.

MACMA Art Museum in Marrakesh

MACMA Sculpture in MarrakeshThe museum is in the new town of Gueliz. 50 dh entry charge.

www.museemacma.com/
61, rue de Yougoslavie – Passage Ghandouri, Guéliz – Marrakech
museemacma@gmail.com
212 (0)5 24 44 83 26
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

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.

Inauguration Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakesh

Water wheel at the Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

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.

Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/01/205462/prince-moulay-hassan-inaugurates-museum-water-civilization/

Recently opened gardens featuring both art and gardens

Musée de la Palmeraie
Anima Garden
Le Jardin des Arts

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sign

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.

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sculpture garden

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech art gallery

Douar Tounsi – Route de Fes – Marrakech Palmeraie
Tel : +212 661 085 352
Email :  contact@museepalmeraie.com

Anima Garden

Donkey man Anima Garden Marrakesh

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.

Noah s ark Marrakech Anima Garden

There is a shuttle service several times a day – from the parking area behind the Koutoubia mosque right in the centre of Marrakesh.

For a virtual tour of the gardens

Le Jardin des Arts, Gueliz

ardin des Arts sculpture Marrakesh

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.

 

Marrakech modern sculpture Jardin des Arts
Sculpture Jardin des Arts in Marrakesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://visitmarrakech.ma/ouverture-jardin-arts-de-marrakech.html

Wanderlust Magazine visits Marrakech

wanderlust-marrakech-stories

The readers of everyone’s favourite travel magazine, Wanderlust, recently sent in all their best shots of Marrakech to the magazine which have recently published them.

The response was impressive. The magazine says: ‘When we asked Wanderlust readers to send us their favourite photos of Marrakech, we were overwhelmed by the shots’ character, energy and atmosphere. This gallery showcases just some of the brilliant snaps, so head to the MyWanderlust photography page for the full selection…’

This of course proves that Marrakech is simply one of the best places in the world to hone photography skills.

We agree that the readers took some truly wonderful snaps. Have a look through the online portfolio here:

http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/photography/visions-of-marrakech-wanderlust-readers-photos/medersa-ben-youssef/2336

 

 

 

Marrakech – a place for inspiration

Five minutes of inspiration

Marrakesh-cats-markets-souks

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:

http://takea5minbreak.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/exotic-morocco-through-20-photos.html

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jmo1gKzeHM

british pathe image Marrakech market

 

Photography Marrakech Morocco

Photo montage – Southern Morocco

dave-fields-southern-morocco-marrakech-photography

Travel writing and photographic projects both flourish in artistic Morocco but what is really interesting is how new social media forms – combined with cheaper high-quality camera lenses – are helping to facilitate a whole new generation of creative reporters.

This week, we stumbled upon a wonderful photo montage, or presentation, of one man’s car journey through Morocco.

Dave Fields, from Portland, Oregon, starts in Marrakech and while his words are minimal – in classic photo journalism style – his amazingly good photographs speak volumes.

Dave says of his adventure:

“Although our stint in Marrakech was short-lived, it does not take long to be absorbed into the fervid pace of the old Medina. Winding through the intricacies of the frenzied souks, losing all sense of direction seems nearly effortless as you follow the barrage of unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. Marrakech is a true bombardment of the senses.”

He then travels to the High Atlas and winds westwards, then down to the southern coast and Essaouira.

Take a look at his story here and enjoy the wonderfully evocative photos: https://davefields.exposure.co/southern-morocco

 

 

Photography in Marrakech

Photography in the souks of Marrakech

better-travel-photos-marrakesh

Marrakech brings out the photographer in most of us. The light, the colours, the costumes and the winding souks all present incredible opportunities for travel photography. Even if you’re not normally one for taking holiday snaps, you will almost certainly regret not bringing a camera along with you to Marrakech.

There are plenty of tips online about how to take good photos, but these ones specifically address travel photography.

Take a look and learn some new tips:

Conde Nast Traveler: http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/10/how-to-take-better-pictures-travel-photography-tips

Fodors: http://www.fodors.com/travel-photography/

Wanderlust magazine: http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/misc/take-better-travel-photos

Or, if you’d rather watch a pro in action in the souks, check out this video called ‘Mystical Marrakech Street Photography’ by the multi-talented Zack Arias: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpYfhqfWcu8&app=desktop

zack-arias-streets-marrakesh

Lastly, we recently unearthed this wonderful compilation of Marrakech street photography – ample inspiration for you to dust of your camera! http://www.projectbly.com/destinations/marrakech/souks

Marrakech-photography