Composition, 1969


Unique Artwork

Oil

Oil on canvas mounted on panel


CM H 66 W 100

IN H 25.98 W 39.37

Signed by artist

Composition, 1969

This work is part of the permanent collection of the MACAAL, in the Modern section.

Jilali Gharbaoui

Jilali Gharbaoui is the custodian of a resolutely abstract and powerful work. Living in poverty, depressed, having spent several stays in psychiatric hospitals, he embodies the archetype of the tormented artist.

Eager to extricate herself from the traditional Moroccan geometric iconography, her plastic research focuses on artistic gestures and pictorial translation. In his painting, there is no place for repentance: only the original layout is authentic. The gestures, visible, are straightforward, the line nervous and confused. His compositions with dark dominating tones are nothing more than frenetic and jerky movements, reflecting his torments. A work as lyrical as it is dark.

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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

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Al Maaden, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali
40000 Marrakech, Morocco Read more

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