Exhibitions at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech, 2019

If you’re heading to Marrakech in 2019, here are the temporary exhibitions planned at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

The award-winning museum houses a permanent collection of some 50 garments and accessories by Yves Saint Laurent alongside sketches, films, voices and music against a black background. The garments are rotated regularly to conserve them and to keep the exhibition fresh.

Five artists feature this year in the temporary exhibition space.

Currently and until 5 February: Les Marocains by Leila Alaoui

Les Marocains is one of the last projects undertaken by Leila Alaoui, a French-Moroccan photographer who tragically died from injuries sustained during a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 January 2016. Talking about these photographs, she said,

While exploring my own heritage, I stayed among different communities, and used the fact that I was born Moroccan as a sort of ‘filter’ – one based on empathy  – to awaken and reveal in these portraits the specific character of the individuals I photographed.’


22 February – 13 March: Brice Marden – Morocco

Running in parallel with the 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair in Marrakech, this is an exhibition of the work of American artist Brice Marden who has regularly lived, worked and taught in the Morocco he first discovered in the 1970s. Described as an artist who challenges the rules of abstract and minimalism, this is Marden’s first exhibition in Africa.


23 March – 2 June  Women 1962-68 by Christo
The Bulgarian artist Christo, whose wife Jeanne-Claude, also an artist, was born in Casablanca, has his first exhibition in Morocco in the spring. It brings together sculptures, collages and drawings made in the 1960s, years that ‘questioned our connection to fashion, the body and clothing’.

Christo with Mastaba, his sculpture in the Serpentine Lake in London, June 2018.


16 June – 8 October  Desert Design

This exhibition presents a selection of contemporary carpets woven by the women of the Aït Kebbach tribe who live in southeastern Morocco on the edge of the Sahara. They use colours, contemporary motifs and various materials that contrast strikingly with the harsh environment in which they live.

Photo: Serge Anton


27 October – 4 February 2020   Jacques Azéma, painter of enchantment

This French painter discovered Marrakech in the 1930s but this is the first time his work has been exhibited here. His work is strongly symbolic, producing a very personal view of Morocco. He taught for many years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Casablanca and had some influence on Moroccan artists, notably the painter Mohamed Ben Allal.

Museum opening times: 10h00 to 18h00 except Wednesdays; last entrance 17h30.
Admission: Dh100 per person

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