At the official opening in the former Blue workshop of Jacques Majorelle in the Berber collection, Mr Pierre Bergé, with all the scientific team of the Museum, will bring together the Moroccan and international press. (See agenda).
The Museum Berber :
For the first time in the Morocco, a Museum will exclusively present a collection of objects from various regions of the Morocco, Berbers of the gir to the Sahara.
Pierre Bergé, arrived in Marrakech with Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, is fascinated has always been by Berber art and culture. Great admirer of this art, he collected it over the years. Marrakech, ancient Berber capital, in the Majorelle Garden, created by an artist who painted many scenes of the Berber country, it is naturally that the idea of this Museum is imposed on him.
The scientific team who accompanied the design of the Museum is composed of: Salima Naji, architect and doctor of Anthropology (Rabat); Roman Simenel, Ethnologist, researcher, Institute for research and development (Rabat); Ahmed Skounti, anthropologist, national Institute of sciences of archaeology and heritage (Rabat).
The renovation of the Museum so that scenography made by Christophe Martin, French architect, who also designed the exhibition Yves Saint Laurent and the Morocco, seen by more than 65 000 visitors *.
At his side, Björn Dahlström, French museologist, designed the Museum project.
At the heart of the Majorelle Garden, the former Museum of Islamic art was completely refurbished to become Museum Berber and hide this Berber art collection in international museum standards of presentation and conservation conditions.
On a surface of 200 m2 exhibition, the Museum presents more than 600 objects, in a challenging view of Berber culture in the Morocco.
Maps, explanatory texts - in French, English and Arabic-, photographs, movies, archives and audiovisual materials specifically designed for the Museum accompanied visitors during the four rooms of the Museum.
Four thematic rooms :
1. Introduction to the Berber world;
2. the know-how, crafts, daily holiday or ceremonial objects;
3. trimmings (a comprehensive panorama of the Morocco Berber jewellery);
4. the pageantry (costumes and weaving, weapons, doors, carpets and Berber music instruments).
The Museum Bookstore offers a set of reference materials related to the Berber culture.
The science team : .: £ @ £:. - Salima Naji
Architect and doctor of anthropology, Rabat. .: £ @ £:. - Romain Simenel
Ethnologist, researcher at the Institute of research and development, Rabat. .: £ @ £:. - Ahmed Skounti
Anthropologist, national Institute of sciences of archaeology and heritage Rabat.
The Berber Museum : .: £ @ £:. - Architecture-design Christophe Martin .: £ @ £:. - Museology Björn Dahlström .: £ @ £:. - Re-enactment costumes Valérie Simonneau with Sarah Pinson