Marrakech is a city rich in historic art and culture but one of the best galleries of contemporary art is the Matisse Art Gallery situated along the Passage Ghandouri (number 43, off 61 Rue Yougoslavie), not far from the central station.
For more than a decade Youssef Falaky, the gallery Director, has dedicated his time and energy to curating exhibitions that not only showcase the talent of some of Morocco’s leading established artists (the likes of Claude Viallat, Farid Belkahia, Mahi Binebine, Nureddine Chater, Hassan El Glaoui) but also expose the work of up-and-coming creative talents, many of whom the gallery manages exclusively.
With its polished black marble facia, the gallery oozes contemporary chic with its collection of art old and new – an atmosphere continued throughout the recently refurbished building.
Its two floors display mainly modern Moroccan paintings and sculptures whilst the ground floor offers a quiet haven from the mayhem that is Marrakech with its library of books and magazines which visitors are at liberty to browse through.
The Matisse Art Gallery having been described by the New York Times as ‘one of the few true galleries in Marrakech’ art enthusiasts won’t want to miss it!