Cultural Program 2010

Cultural Program 2010

Exhibitions in the city of Marrakech

« African Stories » by André Magnin

It is within the mythical setting of the former branch of the Bank of Morocco, located in front of Jamaâ El Fna square, that the exhibition African Stories organized by André Magnin upon Hicham Daoudi’s invitation will be presented. African Stories brings together over a hundred works by twenty four artists, mostly living in cities of sub-Saharan Africa. These artists already enjoy wide recognition thanks to the many exhibitions they held at prestigious international institutions. But this time, they are proud to participate in this unprecedented event devoted to contemporary African creation in Africa and especially in Marrakech, thus broadening the art map. Emblematic artists such as Congolese Chéri Samba, Bruly Bouabré from the Côte d’Ivoire, Beninese Romuald Hazoumé or Malian Malick Sidibé create works that reflect a fundamental commitment and are as many expressions of the extraordinary inventiveness, power and beauty. As a visionary of globalization, Bruly Bouabré writes: "The reality and sublime works of Africa have to be presented to inform and educate human beings”.

Venue : Former branch of the Bank of Morocco (in front of the mythic square of Jamaâ El Fna) from October 8th to October 25th from 09:30 am to 6:30 pm

« Résonances : Moroccan contemporary artists across the world »

The exhibition will be presented within the setting of the Marrakech museum, a XIX century riad located within the Marrakech medina. The Marrakech museum will host this exhibition produced by the Council of the Moroccan Community abroad. This unprecedented initiative allows presenting for the first time in Morocco a large number of elsewhere recognized artists from the Diaspora. It brings together about fifteen contemporary artists and intends to enhance the geographic, cultural and emotional connections that feed their creations. These artists, who basically live in Europe and America, resort to various media (painting, installation, video, photograph) to create the new images connecting both cultures, and thus echo the fascinating creative interferences between Morocco and the world. Their individual background and talent lead these artists to think of identity and otherness- here and elsewhere- as inventiveness factors.

Venue : At the Marrakech Museum from October 8th to December 7th from 09:30 am to 6:30 pm

« Street art performance: led by the Moroccan rapper Don Bigg »

Led by rapper Bigg, the street art platform has taken up residence in a building located in the very heart of the Hivernage district. The latter intends to pay tribute to this art form, which has recently managed to establish itself within the international artistic landscape. During four weeks, visitors will be able to discover graphic art under the perspective of music and dance during an ephemeral exhibition which will allow them to understand the full extent of an art form coming out of clandestineness. Remp’Art gallery, which was among the first gallery promoting Street Art in Morocco will show two artists for the street art plateform during Marrakech Art Fair : Morran and Pose. Remp’Art gallery hosted in fact the artist Morran and his guests since last june for their very first street art show.

Venue : In a building located in the Hivernage district (next to the Es Saadi Palace) from October 8th to October 25th from 09:30 am to 6:30 pm

« Around the tree at Palabres »

Other places are also associated with this manifestation such as the Dar Bellarj Foundation which will host the exhibition “Around the Palaver Tree”. It is offering for this occasion a thematic exhibition in the form of a dialogue between artist Farid Belkahia and poet Adonis.

Venue : At Dar Bellarj Foundation from October 8th to November 7th from 09:30 am to 6:30 pm

Round Tables at The Palace Es Saadi

« Overview of the contemporary art market »

Participants: André Magnin (African contemporary Art), Isabelle Van Den Eynde (Middle-Eastern contemporary Art), Jérôme de Noirmont (gallerist in Paris), Martin Guesnet (Artcurial contemporary Art Expert), Hicham Daoudi (Art Holding Morocco), Jean-Gabriel Mittérand (JGM.Galerie)

Led by Roxana Azimi – journalist at Le Monde / Journal des Arts / Diptyk
Saturday, October 9th at 10:30 am

« Modern Affinities, Contemporary Practices – introducing Mathaf : Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar »

Led by Mathaf Farid Belkahia (Moroccan contemporary artist), interviewed by Nada Shabout (Iraqi-American Art Historian, Curator and Writer)
Saturday, October 9th at 5:00pm

«Art patrons and collectors »

Participants : Gilles Fuchs (Adiaf), Sandra Mulliez (SAM Art Projects), Gilbert Brownstone (gallerist and museum director), François Treves (President of the society of friends of the National Museum of Modern Art– Centre Pompidou), Marwan Assaff (Patron in Lebanon), Abdeslam Sijelmassi (Art patron and collector family in Morocco), Elisabeth Bouhlal (Art patron and collector in Morocco)

Led by Roxana Azimi – journalist at Le Monde/ Journal des Arts / Diptyk
Sunday, October 10th at 10:30 am

« Morocco at the time of globalization »

Participants : Christine Buci-Glucksmann (philosopher of aesthetics), Aziz Daki (art critic in Morocco), Mohamed Rachdi (Patronage at Société Générale in Morocco), Gilles de Bure, Meryem Sebti (Publication and editorial director of Diptyk), Brahim Alaoui (former director at the museum of the Arab World Institute)

Led by Pascal Amel – Editor in chief of Art Absolument
Sunday, October 10th at 5:00 pm

« The globalization program of MNAM-Centre Pompidou in North Africa »

Participants: Catherine Grenier (Joint Manager) and Michel Gauthier (In charge of Centre Pompidou Relations for Morocco)

Monday, October 11th at 10:30 am