The Al Maaden Museum of Contemporary African Art reopens its doors on September 24, 2024

The Al Maaden Museum of Contemporary African Art reopens its doors on September 24, 2024
The Al Maaden Museum of Contemporary African Art reopens its doors on September 24, 2024

THE MORNING

May 21, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

The public will be able to discover a new route, bringing together a diversity of works essential to reading thecontemporary african art. “Nearly 2,500 works of art, including several produced by renowned Moroccan artists, will be accessible to the public on permanent display, with regular rotation. Significant transformations redefine the spaces to respond to the themes specific to each exhibition room. Decolonize, initiate, converge, mutate, coexist… Like so many injunctions that invite you to read a unique collection and discover the museum differently,” indicates a press release from the MACAAL.r>r>

r>r>The rearrangements of spaces and the new reading of the places are carried out under the supervision of Zaân Books & Curating (Morad Montazami and Madeleine de Colnet), in collaboration with Meriem Berrada, artistic director of MACAAL, and the staging of the scenographer Franck Houndégla.r>r>“Our project is to move in the direction of the DNA, of MACAAL: to put this collection into perspective, through archives, interventions by African thinkers and intellectuals who help us to think about aesthetic and political issues which are affecting the continent currently, but also since the 1960s, since the collection will also include modern works,” explains Morad Montazami.r>r>The collection patiently built by the Lazraq family, brings together big names from the continent such as Cheri Samba, Malick Sidibé, Abdoulaye Konaté, Salah El Mur and Billie Zangewa as well as major works by pioneers of Moroccan modernity: Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Jilali Gharbaoui, Mohamed Melehi, Chaïbia Talal, Malika Agueznay. Without forgetting a contemporary scene widely represented by Hassan Hajjaj, Tesfaye Urgessa, Daniel Otero Torres, Maya Ines Touam, etc.r>r>”Within this permanent route, three spaces will retain a temporary vocation: two of them are reserved for in situ commissions, the rotation of which will be annual, the third space is intended for one-off exhibitions whose duration will vary from three to six months,” indicates MACAAL. It is the Franco-Moroccan artist Sara Ouhaddou who will inaugurate the program of temporary exhibitions. Through Display, which results from a collaboration between MACAAL and the IFA Gallery in Berlin, the artist questions the tools for displaying works of art in the museum context by placing herself at the service of artisans with whom she leads a collaboration for several years.r>r>”I have often wondered in recent years how to show and explain my types of collaborations with artisans, I said to myself why not make the supports and make them available to them in order to exhibit their know-how?” underlines Sarah Ouhaddou. Like a role-playing game, Display inverts the commonly accepted functions between the artist and the craftsman at the same time as it refers to the genesis of Sara Ouhaddou’s artistic career as a retail designer for luxury houses. .

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