A new museum for African art launches in Marrakech


The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) has launched in Marrakech. The museum soft-launched to locals in 2016, opening its doors to global audiences in February 2018. It’s a calculated move that’s paid off: nearly two years on, MACAAL impressed its first official flock of foreign visitors, as the international art community descended on the city for the inaugural Marrakech edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

At the helm of the museum are Moroccan art collectors and father-and-son duo Alami Lazraq and Othman Lazraq, who have given the building ‘a second life’. MACAAL is their latest philanthropic endeavour, forming part of their charitable association Fondation Alliances. Under the directorship of Othman, MACAAL brings the Lazraq family’s…

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