The online arts magazine artdaily.org reports that for its second edition, the Marrakech Art Fair is bigger and better. The exhibitions of modern and contemporary art will be back at the Palace Es Saadi from September 30th to October 3rd 2011, with 45 international galleries exhibiting their major artists. About 20 additional galleries join the Marrakech Art Fair 2010 exhibitors.
|Murat Germen, Muta-morphosis n-¦3, 2010, 150x85cm, Le Caire, courtesy CAM Gallery|
Two of the stand-out attractions will be the important representation of the Turkish contemporary scene, and two major representatives from New York. For the first time, six galleries from Istanbul will be participating in an international art fair outside Istanbul (CDA Projects, PI Artworks, Empire Project, CAM Gallery, PG Art Gallery, and Merkur). The Marrakech Art Fair will also welcome Metro Pictures and Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York.
The international profile of the Marrakech Art Fair will be further enhanced by the participation of Galleria Continua, from San Gimignano in Italy as well as, Beijing (China) and Le Moulin (France).
The North African scene (Morocco and Tunisia) and that one of the Middle East are represented by 13 galleries. FJ gallery, L’Artothèque and Sous Sol Art Gallery came to join the Moroccan galleries as L’Atelier 21, David Bloch gallery, Loft Art Gallery, Matisse Art Gallery, Galerie Shart, and also Venise Cadre-GVCC as well as two Tunisian galleries: Le Violon Bleu and El Marsa.
By their side will be a gallery IVDE from Dubai. Art Space, and Athr Gallery, will represent Saudi Arabia. Among the French galleries will be, Albert Benamou, Aline Vidal, Daniela Da Prato Gallery, Galerie Dix9, Galerie Jean Fournier and Besseiche Lartigue. In addition, Galerie Lelong, will showcase a monumental work by internationally renowned contemporary artist and sculptor, Jaume Plensa ((born 1955 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), produced especially for the Marrakech Art Fair.
|Jaume Plensa - photo C Hidalgo|
From Russia, Aidan Gallery, and from Italy, Voice Gallery will join the French and European galleries which took part in Marrakech Art Fair 2010: JGM. Galerie, Magnin-A, Jean Brolly, Galerie Di Meo, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Galerie Rive Gauche/Marcel Strouk, Galerie Marie Vitoux coming from France, and Piramidon Centre d’art contemporain, from Spain.
A cultural circuit around the Marrakech Art Fair
The cultural circuit of Marrakech Art Fair associates this year will include the mythical cinema of Marrakech, Le Colisée, the ESAV (Marrakech Graduate school of visual arts) and other places all of which will welcome an artistic program conceived by the CNAP (National Center of Plastic Arts) and present artists’ videos gathered by two pairs of collectors: Jean-Michel and Charlotte Attal, and also Jean Conrad and Isabelle Lemaître.
At the same time, Marrakech will pay homage to the Moroccan film maker Nabil Ayouch (nominated for the Oscars,) presenting two of his full-length movies and as well there will be videos of young Moroccan artists that Ayouch has produced since 2002.
The main hotels and palaces in the Hivernage district of Marrakech will take part with the Sofitel hosting a touring photo exhibition entitled « Fashion stills, if fashion were told to me », presented by Polka Galerie (Paris).
In addition to these exhibitions, the organizers of Marrakech Art Fair will hold a programme of round-table conferences with internationally recognised personalities renowned for their involvement in the art market calling into question contemporary art in the Arab world.
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