An exhibition in London highlights the Moroccan artistic landscape since the 1960s

An exhibition in London highlights the Moroccan artistic landscape since the 1960s
An exhibition in London highlights the Moroccan artistic landscape since the 1960s

The exhibition “The Casablanca Art School & Beyond – A New Moroccan Generation”, which is held from May 28 to June 2 in London, highlights the Moroccan artistic landscape from the 1960s to the new generation of artists, who shine with their “innovative and multidisciplinary” spirit.

Organized by the “House of Beau” gallery, in collaboration with “Janet Rady Fine Art”, the exhibition presents emblematic works of artists from the “Casablanca group”, who shaped the evolution of arts in Morocco in during the 1960s and 1970s and who was renowned for his tendency to deviate from Western artistic conventions.

This era saw the emergence of a new form of abstraction, imbued with geometric shapes and materials inspired by Moroccan craftsmanship, such as copper, animal skins or henna.

”The aim of this exhibition is to pay tribute to the Casablanca school, which was a pioneer of Moroccan modernity and which received notable recognition on an international scale,” explained the founding director of “House of Beau”, Othmane Benlamine, in a statement to MAP.

It is also about highlighting the new generation of artists who were inspired by the Casablanca school, while implementing new directions, such as Mahi Binebine and Mohamed Anzaoui, he added.

Contemporary artists and emerging talents like Reda Boudina and Kamil Bouzoubaa-Grivel are also presented, with the aim of highlighting a representative generation “of the vitality of the Moroccan artistic landscape which, in addition to being multidisciplinary, uses a variety of mediums and techniques.

According to its initiators, this event also includes works by artists, who share ”poignant reflections on the human condition and the myriad of experiences that shape Moroccan society”.

In addition, the work of emerging artists from Morocco and its diaspora, such as Reda Boudina and Kamil Bouzoubaa-Grivel, are also highlighted. Their works ”challenge the perception of surface and depth, using unique techniques and unconventional materials such as concrete, plexiglass, metal or oil-based ink”.

Inspired by the quintessence of the brutalist architectural movement born in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and widespread in the Moroccan urban landscape, Boudina uses concrete as the main material in his original compositions. For his part, Bouzoubaa-Grivel explores a new approach to drawing that blurs the boundaries between the digital and physical domains, drawing inspiration from graphic patterns and Japanese comics.

By presenting a range of techniques and styles through established and emerging artists, the exhibition aims to be a platform for cultural exchange between Morocco and the United Kingdom, in particular by making the Kingdom’s artistic ecosystem known to enthusiasts of London art.

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