Marrakech has each year millions of tourists which most press at the gates of the Majorelle garden. This garden is the name of a great French painter, moved to the Morocco at the end of the 1930s. However, in the large garden, there is almost no trace of the past of Jacques Majorelle. This is why we met her little son in the Majorelle villa, that it to tell us more about his grandfather and his work.
Just after the entrance of the garden, there is a small blue door, shaded by abundant vegetation, the Villa.Michel Hamman Majorelle is waiting for us to discover his universe. This Marrakchi born in Orléans moved to the near his grandfather with his mother just a few weeks after birth. At the time, Jacques Majorelle had to marry his second wife, who was none other than the grandmother of Michel. Up to the age of 8 years, the small family stepfamily, lived in the current Museum of the Majorelle garden. He says that if he became architect, it is following the wish of his grand father. "I consider myself his spiritual heir." "In addition to the work, paintings, gardens... what I accept, is the man."
The villa in the heart of the gardens
Michel. If in the past, the area was 4.5 hectares, it is now divided into three plots. The first part that everyone knows, has been transferred by Jacques to his first wife, who then sold it to the couple Pierre Berger and Yves Saint Laurent. The second would have belonged for a time at the former OM President Bernard Tapie. The present villa Majorelle de Michel throne on the third plot of land of 2,000 square metres.
Once the presentations made, we undertake the visit to the site.Can be seen through foliage, the bandwidth silhouettes of the tourists who visit the garden for 30 Dhs and Marvel before bamboo victims of outrages of former visitors. On our side, we see majorelle blue here and there, century-old Palms, cacti around 20 and even a yucca more than 20 metres, all planted by the late Jacques. When it enters the villa, we feel a certain humility invasion us, as if the soul of the painter had never left the scene. In the immense triple-room, next to the former Office of Jacques, a pistachio of 600 years must sprung from the concrete slab to pierce the ceiling and culminate as a giant umbrella over the remains.
A trunk full of emotions...
When Michel invites us to discover its apartments, is like entering the private museum rooms. In addition to the art deco style furniture designed by the creator, an old trunk raised ground reserve us full of surprises to stories about the character.A pair of drills tells us that Jaques practiced fencing, old musket and a winchester Unveils us his passion for hunting, but the most striking is the impressive collection of brushes, crayons and pallets that were used to create all its head-. Michel shows also its catalogue of archives relating to the artist, with plans, photos, letters from Winston Churchill and De Gaulle - and even to make parts of birth of Jacques.
To return to the history of the Villa Majorelle, Michel recently began renovations found all its charm.If his first idea was to make a bed and breakfast, he changed his orientation and decided to allow the dreamers to live the magic of Majorelle during an evening. Following contacts of many agencies event, Michel concluded that it was better to rent his villa to all those who wished to organize their events in a rather unusual and unique in Marrakech.