Although we might not have been able to organise 1-54 in the red city in 2021, Marrakech still had plenty of art on show!

Born out of partnerships across the city, 1-54 Insider: Marrakech is an assembly of a selection of cultural projects in Marrakech which were on show during Spring 2021 and online, to give you the chance to experience the city’s vibrant art scene from the comfort of your sofa or in-person.

For 1-54 Insider: Marrakech we created a series of original short films documenting the lives and practice of three artists based in the red city.

Pascal Konan

Pascal Konan is in residency at the Jardin Rouge, Montresso Art Foundation. His practice includes ongoing research where he continues to interrogate city urbanism through the use of repurposed materials, highlighting how West Africa has become an e-waste dumping ground for the Western world.

Hassan Hajjaj

Artist and Filmmaker, Hassan Hajjaj discusses his relationship with the red city and reveals details of a new and exciting project, Jajjah, opening at Riad Yima in Spring 2021.

Mohamed Mourabiti

Artist Mohamed Mourabiti takes us on a journey through ‘his Marrakech’, sharing his inspiration and memories before inviting us into his workshop and artists’ residency Al Maqam, located in the village of Tahanaout, south of Marrakech.

Rue Yves St Laurent, 40090, Marrakech

FRI 26 | SAT 27 | SUN 28
9:00 – 17:30

Opening its doors in 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent museum is entirely devoted to the work of the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Inaugurated in 2011, the Berber museum presents a panorama of the extraordinary creativity of the Berbers (Imazighen), the most ancient people of North Africa.
Designed by the French expatriate artist Jacques Majorelle in 1924, Jardin Majorelle houses a luxuriant array of 300 plant species collected from all over the world in its bold cobalt blue peaceful décor.

More information about the exhibition here.

Al Maaden, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali, 40000, Marrakech

Exhibiting: Welcome Home Vol. II

FRI 26 | SAT 7 | SUN 28
10:00- 18:00
MACAAL’s collection is rich with over 2,000 works, representative of all forms of contemporary artistic expression from the continent and its diaspora, with a particular interest in new mediums. By establishing dialogue between different traditions and perspectives, MACAAL is committed to offer the public a new way of seeing contemporary creation from the African continent.

Welcome Home Vol. II is an exhibition devoted to the Museum’s permanent collection. Following the success of MACAAL’s Welcome Home (2019), this second phase brings together some of the most iconic works from the Museum’s collection, which have contributed to the success of earlier shows, and a selection of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions, purchased in 2020 in an effort to support artists, galleries and national as well as international institutions.

MACAAL, Material Insanity exhibition (artwork Fatiha Zemmouri), Courtesy of Omar Tajmouati

More information about the exhibition here.

Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2, 40000, Marrakech

Loft Art Gallery is collaborating with Riad El Fenn to present a selection of three artists of diverse origins, for 1-54 Insider: Marrakech.

For this unique edition, Loft Art Gallery is thrilled to showcase Mous Lamrabat‘s whimsical and colourful universe, Joana Choumali’s therapeutic and dreamy testimony, and Amina Agueznay’s inner garden of poetry.

Mous Lamrabat, Love at first sight, 2018, Courtesy of Loft Art Gallery

More information about the exhibition here.

Avenue Quadissia, 40000, Marrakech

Exhibiting: Face à Melehi

FRI 26 | SAT 27 | SUN 28
10:00 – 20:00

Not only one of the most sought-after resort in Marrakech, Es Saadi Marrakech Resort is also devoted to promoting art and showcasing the artists who are creating the culture of tomorrow

The exhibition Face à Melehi is a touching homage to the pivotal role played by the late Mohammed Melehi in the 60s and 70s as the father of Moroccan modern art in the wake of the country’s newly gained independence. Alongside fellow artists from his generation, Melehi opened Moroccan art to non-figurative and abstract artistic expression.

Mohamed Melehi, FLAME, Courtesy of Es Saadi Marrakech Resort

More information about the exhibition here.


Route de Fès Jnane Lhamare Ouidane Douar Ouled Zbir, 40000, Marrakech


FRI 26 | SAT 27 | SUN 28
11:00 – 17:00

Established in Marrakech in 2009, the Montresso Art Foundation is at the forefront of the artistic development in Morocco by creating spaces for research and experimentation and actively supporting a plethora of international artists and their creative endeavours.

The Montresso Art Space showcases IN-DISCIPLINE, a programme presented during the three editions of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Marrakech. The exhibition highlights the diversity of artistic practices from Benin, Ivory Coast, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Jardin Rouge is once again hosting artistic residencies, since October 2020. In an intimate setting the Montresso team will take full advantage of this time of sharing and experimenting to present the work of six artists: Mohamed Said Chair, Roxane Daumas, Rahma Lhoussig, Mouna Saboni, Kamal Saki and Maya-Inès Touam.

IN DISCIPLINE, Courtesy of Montresso Art Foundation

Watch presentation video here.

62, Angle rue de la Liberté et rue de Yougoslavie, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakech

Exhibiting: Au nom des miens and Horizon Oblique by Mahi Binebine and Au nom des miens by Hassan Bourkia

SAT 27

Comptoir des Mines is a contemporary art centre which aspires to work alongside the best artists on the continent, helping them carry out their projects and giving them the greatest possible visibility and operates as the benchmark venue for the new arts scene it promotes. More information about the exhibitions here.

Comptoir des Mines, Mahi Binebine exhibition

More information about the exhibitions here.

127, Av. Mohamed V, Gueliz, 40000, Marrakech

Exhibiting: Traverser ceux que nos yeux cherchent et ceux avant eux encore by Sara Imloul by Mouna Saboni and Elles x Paris Photo

FRI 26 | SAT 27 | SUN 28
15:00 -19:00

Galerie 127 is the only gallery in Morocco exclusively devoted to contemporary photography.

The exhibition Traverser ceux que nos yeux cherchent et ceux avant eux encore by Mouna Saboni whose work focuses on the quest for identity, which she questions a personal memory, intimately linked to the territory. More information about this exhibition here.

Elles x Paris Photo by Sara Imloul, who produces works often on the edge of photography and drawing, with multiple references to historical and traditional techniques such as the calotype process.

Watch the video from Elles x Paris Photo by Sara Imloul here.

Sara Imloul, Le lit Passages, Courtesy of Galerie 127