Marrakech Art Fair 2010

Marrakech Art Fair 2010

Marrakech Art Fair

July 16, 2010

9-11 October 2010

Friday, October 8

From 9 to 11 October 2010, the city of Marrakech will be hosting the first edition of a modern and contemporary art fair in Morocco. A platform for exchanges between art dealers, gallery owners, artists, collectors and art lovers, this unprecedented appointment has already seduced a selection of international galleries which will meet at the Es Saadi Palace, taking 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, such as the (Marrakech) Tindouf gallery and the galerie 127, newly opened in Marrakech, but also the galleries Shart, Loft, and Atelier 21 in Casablanca (Morocco), or even the Violon Bleu gallery from Tunisia. The Isabelle Van Den Eynde gallery will come from Dubai.

The other half comes from Europe. Settled in Paris, the JGM gallery presents Jean-François Fourtou, an artist who is familiar with Marrakech; the Hussenot gallery exhibits Mounir Fatmi. We will also find the galleries Anne de Villepoix, La Bank, Ilona Orel, Caroline Vachet, etc.

Then nearly fifteen galleries 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. The Protée gallery, the Jérôme de Noirmont gallery, the historic Moroccan gallery Venise Cadre, or even the Malingue gallery will also present an exceptional work.

Meanwhile, round tables will address the subjects of the art market in the Arab world, the role of patrons and collectors and art in Morocco at the dawn of globalization.

For the occasion of the Marrakech Art Fair, the entire city of Marrakech will pulse with the rhythm of contemporary creation.

Brahim Alaoui is organizing a circuit outside the Palace 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.

At the Marrakech museum
“Resonances: contemporary Moroccan artists across the world”

From October 7 to December 7, this exhibition produced by the Council of the Moroccan Community abroad gathers about fifteen contemporary artists from the Diaspora to enhance the geographic, cultural and emotional connections that feed their creations.

At Dar Bellarj Foundation
“Images of oneself’, photographs and videos of contemporary Arab artists

A selection of contemporary Arab artists who look at the reality of the current world in a particular way, like Adel ABIDIN, Meriem BOUDERBALA, Faisal SAMRA, Youssef NABIL…

At the former agency of La Banque du Maroc, Jamaâ El Fna square
Contemporary African art

A great collector of African art, André Magnin presents the living forces of the contemporary art of Sub-Sharan Africa with Chéri Samba, Romuald Hazoumé, Billie Zangewa, Abu Bakarr Mansaray…

In a building located in the Marrakech hivernage district
The Moroccan street art

6 graffiti artists gathered by Moroccan rapper Big during night performances.

At Riad Dar Cherifa
“Around the Palaver Tree”

An artistic dialogue between artist FARID BELKAHIA and poet Adonis.

The Marrakech Art Fair Organization Committee

Hicham Daoudi: chairman of Art Holding Morocco, leading group in the art market in Morocco.
Zineb Daoudi, director of the fair, has specialized in the management of cultural events in Morocco.
Renaud Siegmann, former curator for the Unesco, an art critic who regularly collaborates with La Gazette Drouot and Diptyk magazine, he is the general curator of the fair.
Brahim Alaoui, former director of the museum of the Arab World Institute, an exhibition curator and art advisor, he is the cultural director of the fair.

Philippe Délis is the scenograph of the fair.

For all your room reservations at the Es Saadi hotel or suite reservations at the Es Saadi Palace, please refer to the website of Prestigia, our partner for travel organization offering packages at negotiated rates:

Press Contacts
Sylvia Beder Communication culture – Tel: +33 1 42 18 09 41 – sylvia [​at​]

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