Portugal: Morocco has the honor of the exhibition “Love Red & Green”.

The Moroccan Embassy in Lisbon and the Casa Cadaval-Association of the Classical Festival of Evora are organizing, from 5 June to 31 October, in collaboration with the Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation and the Moroccan National Tourist Office, an exhibition entitled “Love Red and green: Marrakech opened my eyes to color ”.

To put Morocco in the spotlight, this exhibition will be held in the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval, which has belonged to the Cadaval family for more than six centuries, a branch of the Portuguese royal family, reads a press release from the Moroccan Embassy in Lisbon .

This palace, reminiscent of the same source, had hosted several international exhibitions, including most recently “African Passions” as part of the Évora Africa Festival in the summer of 2018. It was the most important exhibition of modern African art on the Iberian Peninsula.

Cadaval Palace is located in the heart of the city of Évora, the capital of the Alentejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site tourist spot, a crucible in the history of Portugal and therefore associated with Arab civilization, present in the city from 715 to 1147.

The exhibition offers three different perspectives on Yves Saint Laurent’s passion for Morocco, and the exhibition will be presented in three different chapters at the Palais des Duques de Cadaval.

The first chapter consists of an extraordinary loan from the Pierré Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris and from private collectors, providing an overview of the French designer’s works inspired by the colors and traditions of Morocco. Curated by Stephan Janson, the fifteen Yves Saint Laurent garments on display in the Church of São João Evangelista, within the palace grounds, reveal the richness and diversity of the ties that united the famous couturier and Morocco.

YSL LOVE cards and modern Moroccan creation are the second chapter of the exhibition, which is curated by Mouna Mekouar. It is a journey that takes visitors on a discovery of the Moroccan contemporary art scene and the influences shared between contemporary artists and Yves Saint Laurent. The couturier’s creative vision – especially his bold use of color and space – can be found in the work of the twelve contemporary Moroccan artists on display, all from different generations and disciplines, namely Amina Agueznay, Malika Agueznay, Noureddine Amir, Nassim Azarzar, Meriem Bennani , Yeto Barrada, Hicham Berrada, M’Barek Bouhchichi, Soufiane Idrissi, Sara Ouahaddou, Younes Rahmoun, Mohammed Melehi and Abbas Saladi.

Although each artist in the exhibition has their own voice and personality, they are all characterized by a spirit of freedom, invention and poetry, as well as a desire to formally expand their vision through various techniques and media.

The exhibition concludes with a tribute to Pierre Bergé, who encouraged and supported artist and fashion designer Noureddine Amir by presenting exhibitions of his works at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris in 2014 and at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Marrakesh in 2018.

Noureddine Amir is the first Moroccan designer to present a haute couture collection at the invitation of the French Haute Couture Federation in July 2018 in Paris.

Curated by Alexandra de Cadaval, this part of the exhibition will feature Noureddine Amir’s sculptural dresses that transcend the boundaries between fashion, art and architecture. Using varied textures, colors and shapes reminiscent of Amazigh constructions found in cities in the southern regions of North Africa, Amir creates clothing that has a connection and connection to the African country and transports visitors to another world. “My choice to exhibit the work of Noureddine Amir may come as a surprise. I use the word work and not clothes, because Noureddine is an artist who uses clothes to create his work, ”said Pierre Bergé.

The program also includes music concerts throughout the exhibition period.

For the opening weekend, it is planned that “the sama of Tangier” directed by Said Becadi with Zinab Alfilal will perform in the Roman temple, as well as Asmâa Hamzaoui, who is one of the youngest ambassadors of Gnawa art with her exclusively female group, Bnat Timbouktou.

Artist Habiba Ryahi will allow guests to enjoy qanun’s art, and poet Walid Ben Selim will transport them on a spiritual journey through the beauty of Sufi songs.

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