With a New Art Fair and Museum, Marrakech Presents African Art on Its Own Terms


MACAAL’s opening attracted an estimated 1,200 local and international visitors, included the artist Zina Saro-Wiwa and The Museum of Modern Art’s director Glenn Lowry, along with curators from institutions like the Tate Modern and a set of local and international collectors. Their enthusiasm boded well for the burgeoning Moroccan art scene. Marrakech already has an array of artists’ residencies, two new fine art schools, local commercial galleries such as Galerie 127, Galerie Noir sur Blanc, and David Bloch Gallery, and the Yves Saint Laurent museum, dedicated to the late French designer who lived between Marrakech and Paris.

This past weekend, Marrakech also welcomed the inaugural local edition of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. For the fair’s first edition in Marrakech, 17…

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