Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Marrakech: The City '1062-1957 - Exhibition in Salé

An exhibition that journeys into the heart of the history of urban Marrakech is set to open on October 11 in Salé. Featuring texts from travellers, writers, architects and planners, as well as engravings and drawings of antique prints, "Marrakech: The city '1062-1957', will draw the crowds at the Mulay Rachid Maamara in Salé before showing at other cities around the country.

The exhibition has been produced by the Montada Project and Barcelona's College of Architecture and Engineering ​​in collaboration with the Sala Al Moustaqbal Association and the Regional Development Centre of Tensiff. The show will feature a variety of valuable works.

Marrakech and El Badi Palace in 1640 , by Adrian Matham 

Among these are reproductions, such as an engraving (above) by Adriaen Matham, Palatium Magni Regis Maroci In Barbaria (1640-1641) from the Rijksmuseum, and the map of the Palace of the Emperor of Morocco, by Antonio de la Conceiçaeo (1549-1589) from the Royal Library of the Monastery of San Lorenzo in Escorial.

The exhibition, which is aimed at integrating different ages and cultures, also includes reproductions of works by urbanist Henri Prost (1874-1969).

"During Project Montada we have promoted the use of high quality information and materials", project director and Unesco expert Xavier Casanovas told ANSAMed.

"We want to bring reproductions of great prints and engravings and historic sights of Marrakech to the people. At the same time we want to show the short textual works of the writers, architects and planners linked to the city, who symbolize the bridge between cultures", he said.

The Montada Project, part of the Euromed Heritage IV Programme, is co-funded by the European Union for three years. "The great fortune of this city is that so much remains of its heritage to study and to learn", Faissal Cherradi, a specialist on Morocco's cultural heritage, told ANSAmed.

And, if our readers are wondering how the English saw Salé in the 1600s - The View from Fez recently discovered this ancient delight! (note: this is not in the exhibition).


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