Art enthusiasts traveling to Rabat can view three sculptures carved by internationally talented artists. Casablanca born Ikram Kabbaj’s smooth marble piece is one of three that have been installed outside the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. She is considered Morocco’s only “full-fledged” sculptor and viewed as an important artist by the Arab world. Kabbaj is known for using tortuous matter and creating unusual objects. Her sculptures are also featured in public spaces in El Jadida, Tangier, in Fes, Essaouira, Taroudant, and Assilah.
The other two sculptures are made by Senegalese Ousmane Sow and Colombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero. Sow is known for portraying ethnicities of the Nuba, Native Americans, Zulu, and Maasai people. For the Rabat Museum, a Massai Warrior was chosen that features him holding a spear and shield. Botero’s Horse with Birdles, is arguably the most impressive sculpture featured. The large scale bronze horse statue stands 3 meters high and weighs 2 tons. Botero’s pieces have been shown in major international cities including London, Paris, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Florence, and Madrid.
The three sculptures will also appear at the upcoming Rabat Biennale which will take place between September 10-December 10, 2019. Entitled “An instant before the world, “the highly anticipated 3-month event is dedicated to showcasing contemporary female artists. The Mohammed VI Museum is one of several that will participate in the Biennale. Rabat’s Villa des Arts, the Art Gallery Espace Expressions CDG, the Oudayas Museum, and several public spaces will hold special exhibitions.