The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA) is the first of its kind on the African continent.
Whilst currently exhibiting works by fellow-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj (featured in Jocks&Nerds Issue 11), and photographers Berenice Abbott, Eve Arnold and Andre Kertesz in its temporary space in El Badi Palace, the MMPVA is also set to be housed in a new building designed by architect Sir David Copperfield – scheduled for completion in 2016.
The MMPVA opened on September 2013 in El Badi Palace, a recently restored 16th century building located on the edge of the city’s older quarters, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. A non-profit institution, the museum dedicates itself to exhibiting Moroccan and North African visual and contemporary art.
The temporary space at the El Badi Palace is also used as a testing ground for a new generation of Moroccan curators. In support of this, the MMPVA will be launching a scholarship program to support Moroccan students and further their studies of Museum Science at major institutions around the world.