Marrakech Art Fair is the first international edition of a modern and contemporary art fair in Morocco. The galleries' stands will occupy the Es Saadi Palace, among the 30 participating galleries, half come from the Arab world, primarily from North Africa, the other half is coming from Europe. Throughout the fair round tables organized with the help of specialists in the international art market.
From 8 to 11 October 2010, the city of Marrakech will be
hosting the first international edition of a modern and
contemporary art fair in Morocco. A platform for exchanges between art dealers,
gallery owners, artists, collectors and amateurs, this unprecedented appointment
has already seduced a selection of international galleries which will meet at the Es
With its new organization committee, Marrakech Art Fair is currently unveiling the major features of its event, which will take place at two large exhibition venues:
► The galleries’ stands will occupy the Es Saadi Palace to create an ensemble of the highest quality between East and West. Among the thirty participating galleries, half come from the Arab world, primarily from North Africa. We can already name galleries such as Tindouf, Bloch and 127 in Marrakech, but also the galleries Shart, Loft, and Atelier 21 in Casablanca (Morocco), or even the Violon Bleu gallery (Sidi Bou Saïd) and the El Marsa gallery from Tunisia. The Isabelle Van Den Eynde gallery is also planning to come from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) as well as Ward Art & Culture Center gallery from Cairo.
The other half is coming from Europe. Settled in Paris, the JGM gallery will present Jean- François Fourtou, an artist who is familiar with Marrakech; the Hussenot gallery will exhibit Mounir Fatmi, but we will also discover the galleries La Bank, Guy Pieters, Laurent Godin as well as Enrico Navarra, among others.
► Then nearly fifteen galleries will present a thematic project within the Ballroom inside the Palace, on the history of art, from Orientalism to nowadays.
The Jean Brolly gallery offers an artistic face-to-face between Mahjoud Ben Bella and François Morellet. We will also find the Jérôme de Noirmont gallery, Di Meo gallery, Rive Gauche gallery, or even the historic Moroccan gallery Venise Cadre presenting an exceptional work.
Throughout the fair, round tables organized with the help of specialists in the international art market, will address the subject of the art market in the Arab world, as well as the role of patrons and collectors and also the art in Morocco at the dawn of globalization. These round tables will take place in the lounges and garden of the Es Saadi Palace.
For the occasion of the Marrakech Art Fair...
... the entire city of Marrakech will pulse with the rhythm of contemporary creation
Along with the fair, Brahim Alaoui is organizing a circuit to show visitors the artistic and cultural wealth of Marrakech and, together with local players, stimulate reflection on art, as conceived by Arab artists of today.
With the myriad issues it raises and the numerous artistic practices it presents, this circuit outside the Es Saadi Palace will also open the doors of foundations, riads, and artists’ studios, inviting aficionados to discover locations linked to the history of Marrakech.
>>> At the Marrakech museum
"Resonances: contemporary Moroccan artists across the world"
The exhibition "Resonance: contemporary Moroccan artists across the world” will be presented within the setting of the Marrakech museum, a XIX century riad located within the Marrakech medina. From October 7 to December 7, 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.
>>> At the former agency of La Banque du Maroc, Jamaâ El Fna square in Marrakech
“Contemporary African art” André Magnin collection
The exhibition “Contemporary African art” André Magnin collection will be presented at the former agency of La Banque du Maroc, in front of the Jamaâ El Fna square, the mythic medina of Marrakech listed on UNESCO World Heritage. A great collector of African art, André Magnin was the assistant curator of the « Magiciens de la Terre » at the Centre Pompidou. He presents here the living forces of the contemporary art of Sub-Sharan Africa. It gathers the fifteen most renowned contemporary artists. Among the artists represented: Chéri Samba from Kinshasa (RDC), Romuald Hazoumé from Cotonou (Benin), Billie Zangewa from Johannesburg (South Africa), Abu Bakarr Mansaray from Amsterdam (The Netherlands), among others.
>>> At Dar Bellarj Foundation
« Around the Palaver Tree »
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.
>>> The Fourtou Foundation
The Fourtou Foundation supports the contemporary artists concerned with dedicating their art to the French-Moroccan dialogue as well as in support of humanitarian action. It will host the visitors of the Marrakech Art Fair as well.
>>> At Tahannaout
Al Maqam, artists’ residence
A partner of this circuit as well, Al Maqam will present a residence of artists and meeting venue located at Tahannaout in the Marrakech surroundings.
Private collections in peculiar residences, to share the passion their owners feel for contemporary art, are to be discovered.
Last but not least, a conference on artistic teaching will be organized in partnership with the Graduate School of Visual Arts in Marrakech.
The Marrakech Art Fair Organization Committee
Hicham Daoudi: chairman of Art Holding Morocco, leading group in the art market in Morocco. Today, Art Holding Morocco is directing its activities towards two main directions: the creation of museums and the management of big art and heritage related events.
Zineb Daoudi, director of the Marrakech Art Fair, has specialized in the management of cultural events in Morocco.
Renaud Siegmann, former curator for the Unesco, an author and art critic who regularly collaborates with La Gazette Drouot and Diptyk magazine, he is the general curator of the Marrakech Art Fair.
Brahim Alaoui, an art Historian, former director of the museum of the Arab World Institute, an exhibition curator and freelance art advisor, he is the cultural director of the Marrakech Art Fair.
Elisabeth Bauchet Bouhlal, owner of Essaadi Palace Garden Resorts, sponsor and art collector
Philippe Délis, an architect and scenograph who exercises his practice of design for cultural events, museums and urban space, he is the scenograph of the Marrakech Art Fair.
Press conference: Friday, October 8, 5 pm at the Es Saadi Palace
VIP/Press Inauguration: Friday, October 8, from 6pm to 11 p
Public Opening: from October 9 to 11, 2010
Opening hours: Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10: from 11 am to 1 pm (VIP), from 3 pm to 9 pm
Monday, October 11: From 11 am to 1 pm (VIP), from 3 pm to 6 pm
ES SAADI PALACE
Rue BRAHIM EL MAZINI - HIVERNAGE
MARRAKECH – MAROC
***Art Holding Morocco
Tel.: + 212 (0)5 22 95 31 90
Fax: + 212 (0)5 22 39 85 54
For those who would like to register for the Golf Art Cup, which will take place on Sunday, October 10 at 9 am, you can also register on: http://www.prestigia.com/artfair
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Press conference Friday, October 8, 5 pm
VIP/Press Inauguration Friday, October 8, from 6pm to 11 p
Public Opening from October 9 to 11, 2010
Es Saadi Palace
Rue Brahim El Mazini, Hivernege, Marrakech, Maroc
Hours: Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 11 am to 1 pm (VIP), from 3 pm to 9 pm; Monday, October 11 From 11 am to 1 pm (VIP), from 3 pm to 6 pm