Contemporary Art Galleries in Marrakech
As one of Africa’s most important contemporary art hubs, Marrakech is the ultimate weekend getaway for aficionados. Here are our picks of the best contemporary art galleries in Marrakech.
With his passion for the urban art landscape, Bloch has been instrumental in shining a light on Moroccan rising stars like Larbi Cherkaoui and Mohamed Boustane whose reimagining of classical forms of calligraphy in a street art context have put them on the world stage. Coming up in February 2020 is the second solo exhibition of Ghizlane Sahli’s sculptural embroideries.
A not-for-profit museum dedicated to continent-wide, contemporary African art curated by hard-hitting themes such as ‘Africa is no Island’ and ‘Material Insanity’. The collection ranges from painting and sculpture and digital art and video, which supports young Moroccan and African artists development. Guided tours of the jaw-dropping sculpture park, which is integrated into the Al Maaden Golf course, can be arranged through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrates young emerging, and largely unrepresented artists and designers, from Morocco as well as places like Yemen and Bosnia who work across multi-mediums from painting, ceramics and sculpture, to embroidery and collage. It is also an excellent place to get to grips with the works of the Art Naïf masters of Essaouira.
Hassan Hajjaj is arguably Morocco’s most famous living artists and his gallery-cum-shop-cum-tearoom in the heart of the medina showcases some of his most iconic works. From his famous ‘My Kech Angels’ photographic series, which features local women sitting defiantly on their scooters in veils, to his trademark sardine can lanterns and flour sack babouches, his is a celebration of Morccan culture and craftsmanship in all its technicolour glory.
Housed in a Art Deco villa this project is headed by veteran gallerist Hicham Daoudi’s who has one of the best collections of Moroccan artists in the land. Running until the end of March 2020 the solo exhibition of Mohamed Arejdal offers an alternative vision of Moroccan art by addressing how sacred and ancestral customs such as tapestry, jewellery and furniture making are being threatened by an imposed modernity.