Commemorative exhibition around the artist Mohamed Melehi

On 21 September, the Museum of Contemporary African Art in Marrakech will host a commemorative exhibition dedicated to the artist Mohamed Melehi entitled “New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca School Archives”.

The exhibition, which will run until 5 January 2020, was designed by renowned curators such as Morad Montazami, a Franco-Iranian art historian and researcher at Tate Modern London, and Madeleine Colney, which was presented at the London art space, The Mosaic Rooms, dedicated to promoting contemporary Arab culture in the British capital.

According to a press release received by our website, the exhibition “New Waves” is a journey back in time during which the trajectory of the artist Mohamed Melehi is traced, between the 1950s and 1980s of the last century, through his works and some of his archives, as well as through the three major stages of this great artist: Rome, London and Casablanca.

The exhibition will present most of the rare works or those that have never been exhibited and which show the influence of Melehi and the Casablanca School on certain Moroccan and foreign artists.

It should be noted that a room has been specially equipped to host an exhibition under the name of “Afro-Arab Museum” where works by well-known painters such as Farida Gzanay, Farid Belkahia, Mohammed Chabaa and Houssein Miloudi are on display. This exhibition will end with the projection of the image of the Asilah Festival as well as a documentary film on Melehi, produced by the Bronx exhibition in New York in 1984 and which the public will discover for the first time.

During the same exhibition, another documentary on the great Moroccan artist Melehi, by Faten Safi Eddine and Mohamed Boualam, will be screened. It is entitled “Maoujat rouh” (espirt wave).

In addition to this exhibition, conferences, seminars, workshops and round tables will be held around Melehi’s work, which has played a fundamental role in the development of art education in Morocco, whether through his work as a photographer, publisher or painter and which has helped to lay the foundations of artistic networks for the post-colonial and Arab period.

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