Oil on Canvas
CM H 60 W 73
IN H 23.62 W 28.74Signed by artist
Located in the section : Hall
Non-figurative painter, author of a work located between Arab-Berber traditions and Western modern art, Ahmed Cherkaoui is considered by art historians as the true precursor of contemporary painting in Morocco.
His artistic practice is intimately linked to his personal history and memories, the essence of which he wishes to bring to the fore as the paintings unfold. His world is that of signs, directly drawn from Berber iconography alongside his childhood, whose secrets he tries to unravel. These, mostly spherical, ovoid and quadrangular, structure compositions with dense, vivid and brilliant colours. The whole occupies the space in a dynamic way and creates movement, the circulation of light from one form to another, from one colour to another, from one transparency to another, inviting spirituality. From recomposed universal forms and symbols, Ahmed Cherkaoui has been able to build an eminently personal language.
MACAAL - Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden
In 2016, Fondation Alliances committed itself to long-term public action in order to contribute to the development of educational and cultural leisure activities in Marrakech by offering the city an art museum.
The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, is an independent, not-for-profit contemporary art museum and one of the first of its kind in North Africa.
MACAAL is dedicated to the promotion of African art across a range of media, with diverse exhibition and educational programmes. The museum nurtures an understanding of contemporary African art by collecting and exhibiting both established and emerging artists, and highlighting the creative energy and cultural diversity found across the continent.
MACAAL is a philanthropic initiative of Moroccan art collectors Alami Lazraq and his son Othman Lazraq. It forms part of their charitable not-for-profit association Fondation Alliances, which focuses on supporting cultural development in Morocco. Motivated by a passion for the arts, and managed by Othman, MACAAL brings the Lazraq family’s private collection of modern and contemporary African art, built up over the past 40 years, to a broader audience.
Othman Lazraq — President
Mouna Lazraq — Head of the Commercial Department
Meriem Berrada — Artistic Director
Janine Dieudji — Exhibitions Director
Hanaa El mrabet — Sales and Event Planning Manager
Yassir Yarji — Gallery Educator
Al Maaden, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali
40000 Marrakech, Morocco