Thursday, September 22, 2011

Modern Art in Morocco


Graffitti art of a whirling dervish in Essaouira, Morocco.
I am always pleasantly surprised when I stumble upon modern art in Morocco.  Perhaps because of the strong traditional arts culture here innovation is hard to find.  I recently took a last trip down the Atlantic coast, looping back up through the south of the country, and saw some wonderful art.

The Painted Rocks, near Tafraoute, done in 1984 by Belgian artist Jean Verame.
The Blue House at the Jardins Majorelle in Marakkech. 
Originally built as a painting studio for Jacques Majorelle in 1924, this house and garden was bought and restored by French fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent in 1980.  His ashes were scattered here after his death in 2008.

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