Art fit for a King

Since moving to Marrakech I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing people.  And I was delighted when one of those amazing people invited me to an amazing afternoon art opening.

But you see it wasn’t just any event. Or any gallery opening.

No, this was an invite to an art exhibition featuring 50 artists, both Moroccan and foreign, in honour of the His Majesty King Mohamed VI’s 50th birthday and in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem at the famous Jeema el Fna square.

Talented. Unique. Accessible. It was a world-class line-up of artists. Perfectly curated to represent the beauty of Morocco.

Following Her Royal Highness’s visit, we indulged in some of the most delicious Moroccan patisseries and freshest fruit juices. After all, this was a birthday event. For the King!

And then it was time to visit with the artists. What an enormously talented group of artists they were. And only too delighted to share, including Nourredine Madrane, the secrets of their techniques and also small pieces of artwork.

Noureddine Madrane at work in Marrakech
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American artist Lori Park (and my friend who invited me) intrigued locals with her unique techniques as she prepared an artwork to be included in an upcoming special exhibit in Marrakech. But I think her personality had locals engaged and her talent left them in awe.

Artist Lori Park engages with locals in Marrakech
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Artists so friendly I could’ve stayed their chatting all day talking about their works.  Like Rachid Talab from Safi who explained that the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech inspired the piece he was working on.

Artist Rachid Talab at work
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And as the sun shone, and Lori’s pieces sparkled in the afternoon Marrakech sun, I couldn’t help but think that one of her pieces will have to come home with me soon!

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A huge thanks to all those who organized and made the event possible. And all the inspiring artists involved for sharing your talents with us!

The event is open to the public until 28 April in Jeema el Fna square.  If you’re in town, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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