© MACAAL Permanent Collection
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IN H 14.96 W 11.81Signed by artist
Aïssa Ikken is a painter, sculptor and jewellery designer. But first of all, he is a poet. His interest, as for many Maghreb artists of his generation, is in the signs: those, Berbers, who populated his childhood, mixed with those of the collective memory.
Thus rethought and reworked, they then gain/acquire a universal dimension. The forms traced by the artist are simple, pure and fluid, born of his unconscious: calm and soothing. Spontaneous, they express an essential, the first form at their origin, common to all human expression. The characters born from them are not gendered: neither men nor women, without age, they are personified concepts. This is the case with Prayer.Read more
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