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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

Berber jewellery – exhibition in Marrakesh

 

berber_jewelry_yves st laurent_exhibition_Marrakech

Our blog post this week comes from Paris and specifically from the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent where until July 20, the exhibition Berber Women of Morocco will be showing. The exhibition is divided into three spaces focusing on the following topics: Portrait of the Berber Women of Morocco, Skills and Craftsmanship and Traditional Clothing and Adornment.

Within these three spaces, amongst other beautiful things, are: headdresses of Berber brides, multiple silver chains, fertility beads and Tagmout enamelled silver balls.

There are no formal clothes on display – the Berbers wear large pieces of cloth held together by jewellery – but instead the curator Bjorn Dahlstrom has projected images of these onto flat screens.

The accompanying book, published by Artlys (192 pages), explains how these ornate pieces not only symbolise Berber identity but how they also reveal the strength of the women within her community.

This travelling exhibition will next travel to Bahrain before moving closer to home to Rabat.

You can see some of the displays, online here: www.fondation-pb-ysl.net

 

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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Gardens of Marrakesh

Gardens of Marrakesh

water feature, garden in Marrakech

Many of our guests that stay with us are keen to visit the famous gardens of Marrakech, like Yves Saint Laurent’s elegant Majorelle garden or the gardens and cactus displays at La Palmeraie.

For inspiration we have enjoyed leafing through the newly published book ‘Gardens of Marrakesh’ which explores twenty beautiful gardens by looking at their cultural heritage.

The Daily Mail newspaper said of the book ‘Open this volume of rich, exotic photographs of beautifully tender gardens … and you can almost taste the mint tea.’ We couldn’t agree more!

The book is in hardback and costs £20, more details here: http://www.franceslincoln.co.uk/en/C/0/Book/5063/Gardens_of_Marrakesh.html

To visit La Palmeraie museum: http://www.museepalmeraie.com/

To visit Majorelle garden: http://www.jardinmajorelle.com/

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