ETABLISSEMENT BOUCHAIB ARTISANAT

The complexe artisanal is the best shopping center in Marrakech. Developed over 3 floors, this center of maroccan crafts offers items of unparalleled finesse to decorate your home. Items of exquisite fine art, home decoration, handmade carpets, jewelery, luggage, handbags and clothing, all made by Maroccan craftsmen using methods over 100 years old. Wool, silk, silver, are just a few materials used in the items.

LEILA ALAOUI – LES MAROCAINS

Still a few days to admire the beauty of this exhibition! Yves Saint Laurent Museum of Marrakech announces its fourth temporary exhibition as a tribute to a Marrakesh artist who marked his time, the photographer Leila Alaoui.

Almost three years after the disappearance of the artist in the attacks of Ouagadougou, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum of Marrakech, in partnership with the Foundation Leila Alaoui, exposes the work of the Franco-Moroccan photographer in the city where she grew up, Marrakech .

From September 30, 2018 to February 5, 2019, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum of Marrakech presents the series “Moroccans”, one of the first photographic projects of Leila Alaoui. Thirty portraits, some unpublished, made between 2010 and 2014, across the Kingdom, which echo the cultural plurality of Morocco put in the spotlight at the Berber Museum Majorelle Garden.

✔ “Moroccans” by Leila Alaoui, or the epiphany of faces

About her series of portraits, Leila Alaoui explained: “Drawing on my own heritage, I have lived in various communities and used the filter of my native Moroccan birth position to reveal, in these portraits, the subjectivity of people I photographed. “

For 4 years, she travels the country with her mobile studio, to capture all the diversity of Morocco through faces, looks and costumes. Through this work, Leila Alaoui brings a strong pictorial dimension to her photos and thus perpetuates the age-old practice of portraiture. Like the great painters of the history of art, she adopts a neutral background – black – and assumes the frontality of her angle of view.

The garment, whether colorful or banal, makes the bodies forget, revealing a real epiphany of faces. The exhibition curator, Guillaume de Sardes – writer and photographer – can only point out that, from portraits to portraits, we mainly remember faces and looks that “accompany us a long time after the museum’s exit”.

For the first time, the Majorelle Garden Foundation has reserved free access to this temporary exhibition, in order to share with the greatest number, and especially with the Marrakchis and Moroccans, the look of Leila Alaoui on her fellow citizens.

LE JARDIN DES ARTS

Inaugurated in November 2016 during COP22, the Jardin des Arts brings together, in the heart of Guéliz, the sculptures of 22 Moroccan artists; all concerned by environmental issues. This new haven of greenery, located along the Avenue Mohamed V, was designed by the Moroccan artist Mahi Binebine and BDA agency including the three art collectors passionate Messrs Gael Barrazza, Abdelmalek Kadiri and Hassan Lahrizi . Together, they take the pretext of COP 22 to bring together 22 promising artists such as Hassan Hajjaj, Abdelrim Ouazzani or Yasmina Alaoui and make them work on this theme of the environment and ecology. The BDA agency explains the approach: “In the course of a discussion about the COP22, we wondered about the means that we could implement to support the commitment of Morocco in its fight against global warming, while bringing an artistic dimension. At the initiative of Mahi Binebine, we undertook the project of rehabilitating an abandoned garden to adorn it with monumental sculptures. “

Result? 22 militant and environmentally friendly works now adorn the famous boulevard Mohamed V. “These sculptures will remain there forever, it is a legacy for future generations”.

Inaugurated for COP 22, this colorful new park is located in the Bab Nkab garden, on Avenue Mohamed V. Feel free to visit during your stay in Marrakech … Especially at night! The lights are magic!

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JAMAA EL FNA SQUARE

Think of it as live-action channel-surfing: everywhere you look in the Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh’s main square, you’ll discover drama in progress. The hoopla and halqa (street theatre) has been non-stop here ever since this plaza was the site of public executions around AD 1050 – hence its name, which means ‘assembly of the dead’. By mid-morning the soundtrack of snake-charmer flutes has already begun, but the show doesn’t kick off until sunset when restaurants fire up their grills, cueing musicians to tune up their instruments. Unesco declared the Djemaa El Fna a ‘Masterpiece of World Heritage’ in 2001 for bringing urban legends and oral history to life nightly and although the storytellers who once performed here have since given way to acrobats, musical performers, and slapstick comedy acts, Djemaa’s nightly carnival continues to dazzle. Berber musicians strike up the music and Gnaoua troupes sing while henna tattoo artists beckon to passers by and water-sellers in fringed hats clang brass cups together, hoping to drive people to drink. This is a show you don’t want to miss and it’s a bargain too. Applause and a few  dirhams ensure an encore. The square’s many eclectic exhibitions are not without a darker side though; you are very likely to see monkeys, kept in cages throughout the day, led around on chains for entertainment, and some of the practices of the plaza’s snake charmers are ethically questionable, to say the least. While wandering around the Djemaa at any time of day stay alert to cars, motorbikes and horse-drawn-carriage traffic, which whiz around the perimeter of the plaza. Also be on guard against pickpockets and rogue gropers who are known to work the crowds particularly after sunset. To nab prime seats on makeshift stools (women and elders get preference) around musician circles, arrive early in the evening.

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THE RITUAL OF THE MAROCCAN HAMMAM

The art of the hammam (steam bath/bathhouse) is an ancient and integral part of Moroccan life as water, which is considered sacred, and cleanliness, are essential elements of Islam. In a part of the world where family and community are everything, the hammam is deeply rooted in everyday communal life. This is where people go to socialise, gossip, make connections, do business and even arrange marriages.

There are hammams throughout the medina; some are basic – a couple of small tiled rooms, announced by a faded ‘Sunsilk’ sign – and others are hundreds of years old and full of character, with great domed rooms heated by wood fires under the buildings and multi-coloured beams of sunlight filtering through stained glass into the steamy darkness within.

Local hammams
Spas with ‘traditional’ hammams are everywhere in Marrakech, but a visit to a local hammam is a completely different experience and one that illuminates a side of life you won’t see anywhere else. This is particularly so for women. For many, especially those who wear the veil, it is one of the only places where they can truly be themselves.

What to expect
Entry to a local hammam (strictly segregated) is around 10dh. Leave your things in the changing room and take toiletries into the first ‘warm’ room. This is where you acclimatise to the heat and can collect buckets to fill with water – one cold and one hot. Once accustomed to the heat, move into the second ‘hot’ room to let your pores open and breathe. Move back to the warm room for your cleanse. This is where you coat yourself in oily black savon noir (traditional, 100 percent natural soap made from olive oil) and then use your hammam glove to scrape it – and several layers of your skin – off.

Purfiying ghassoul clay masks can also be smothered all over your body at this stage. In most hammams, you can have a massage and a gommage (scrub) done for you by an attendant for a few extra dirhams. If it all gets too much, just say ‘shwiya afak’ (gently, please). At the end of it all, you’ll look like and feel as good as a shiny newborn baby.

CARPET MUSEUM

The Dar Si Said Museum (Arabic: متحف دار السي سعيد) is a museum located in Marrakech, entirely dedicated to the Moroccan crafts of wood. This large house was built at the end of the nineteenth century by Si Said, brother of Ba Ahmed, chamberlain of Sultan Moulay Hassan I and grand vizier Moulay Abdelaziz, to serve as his residence. Dar Si Said was converted into a museum in 1932 by the Administration des Beaux Arts.

Most of the collections of this regional museum come from Marrakesh and from the south and particularly Tensift, Souss, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, Bani, Tafilalet. These are homogeneous sets of woodwork, southern jewels, pottery and ceramics, weapons, costumes and a rich collection of carpets and weavings from the South, and some archaeological pieces including the marble bowl of the early fourteenth century. century.

BERBER MUSEUM OF THE MAJORELLE GARDEN

Opened in 2011, the Berber Museum is located in the Majorelle Garden. This museum shows a part of the personal collection of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent fascinated by the Berber culture and art. The museum exhibits jewellery, ornaments, ceremonialscostumes and ceremony utensils that are the heritage of the Berber culture.

For more details – http://www.jardinmajorelle.com