Rabat Contemporary Art Museum Hosts Eugene Delacroix’s Memories of a trip to Morocco, A first in the Arab World

Eugene Delacroix Memories of Morocco, Rabat Contemporary Art Museum

The exhibition “Delacroix, Memories of a trip to Morocco” will be showcased at The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat from July 7th through October 9th 2021.

“Almost two centuries after his trip to Morocco, the painter Eugène Delacroix returns to Rabat, at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition, Delacroix, Souvenirs of a trip to Maroc, organized with the Eugène-Delacroix National Museum – Public Establishment of the Louvre Museum, is a first on the African continent and in the Arab world,” claims the National Museum Foundation.

Originally scheduled to launch in 2020, the Delacroix exhibition was to postponed several times due to the pandemic.  “We are happy today, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Foundation, to officially announce that this magnificent exhibition will open its doors on July 7,” said Mehdi Qotbi in front of a large audience at the Museum.

“Delacroix, Souvenirs d’un voyage au Maroc” is a reflection of the painter’s voyage marked through paintings, watercolors and all of the treasures that he brought back from his journey and accompanied him throughout his art career including clothes, weapons, musical instruments and more.  “He is the first ambassador of light and Moroccan colors that captivated him, from the costumes and traditions that he designed and painted with wonder. Upon his return to France, and until at his death, Delacroix’s works continued to be inspired by  the many influences brought back from his trip to Morocco.

This Rabat exhibition is also an open door for Moroccans to learn about  the history of Delacroix and of this historical trip which provides insight and understanding about this period in Morocco.

The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will house 100 works by Delacroix: paintings on ceramics, textiles, oils on canvas … works from the Musée national Eugène Delacroix, along with others on loan from the Musée d’Orsay, the Jacques-Chirac Museum, the Bordeaux Arts Museum, etc.

Delacroix Exhibition, Rabat Contemporary Art Museum

The museum in Budapest, Hungary, will also contribute to this exhibition by loaning paintings by Eugène Delacroix. There is no doubt that his Majesty King Mohammed VI aim is to always maintain a strong link between Moroccans Residing Abroad (MRE) and their country of origin, therefore the National Museum Foundation indicates that it is granting a reduction of 50% for the exhibition “Delacroix, Souvenirs of a trip to Morocco” on presentation of a passport.

The reduction also applies to museums managed by the FNM, namely: The Museum of History and Civilizations in Rabat, the Archaeological Museum of Tetouan, the Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures in Tangier, the National Museum of ceramics from Safi, Dar El Bacha Confluence Museum and Dar Si Said Weaving and Carpet Museum in Marrakech, the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Photography in Rabat, throughout the summer.

This operation is supported by the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) which, by mobilizing for the promotion of arts and culture, makes its planes available for the transport of artists and works. artistic (including the prestigious Delacroix collection), we add. “Delacroix, souvenirs du Maroc” is an exhibition organized by the National Museum Foundation and the Eugène-Delacroix National Museum – Public Establishment of the Louvre Museum.