Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
The Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech: A Symphony of Fashion, Art, and Moroccan Legacy
In the heart of Marrakech, Morocco, the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (MYSLM) stands as a luxurious testament to the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Jacques Majorelle, and the rich tapestry of Moroccan art. This African Art museum is one of two, with its Parisian counterpart residing on the prestigious Avenue Marceau. As Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent's longtime partner, once said, "It was natural to build in Morocco an African Art museum dedicated to the work of Yves Saint Laurent who, even in the colors and forms of his clothes, owes so much to this country."
In October 2017, the grand openings of both museums captivated the art and fashion worlds, with the MYSLM financed in part by a sale of Moroccan art objects organized by Pierre Bergé. The museum has garnered international acclaim, receiving the award for the Best New Public Building at the 2018 Design Awards from the British international design magazine Wallpaper.
A Cultural Oasis: The MYSLM and Its Enchanting Location
Nestled on the evocatively named Yves Saint Laurent Street, the MYSLM finds itself in close proximity to the enchanting Majorelle Garden – a vibrant sanctuary that served as Yves Saint-Laurent's Moroccan residence and has since transformed into an exhibition space, Berber Museum of Arts and Culture, and a verdant garden that attracts over 700,000 visitors each year. The inauguration of the museum dedicated to the couturier's work has only added to the allure of these two cultural havens.
Delightful Design: The Architectural Marvels of the MYSLM
Sprawling across 4,000 square meters, this African Art museum is a marvel to behold, both inside and out. The visionary architects of Studio KO collaborated with the Moroccan subsidiary of Bouygues to create a masterpiece that seamlessly melds form and function.
The MYSLM boasts a showroom celebrating the work of Yves Saint Laurent, another dedicated to Jacques Majorelle, and spaces for temporary exhibitions that showcase contemporary artists, including Moroccan talents. Additionally, visitors can indulge in the 13-seat auditorium, shop and bookstore, a café-restaurant with a terrace, and a research library housing 5,000 books, ranging from Arab-Andalusian texts to works on botany, Berber art, and, of course, Yves Saint Laurent.
A Living Canvas: The MYSLM's Exquisite Exterior
A true embodiment of its surroundings, the MYSLM's exterior is an assembly of cubes and curves, adorned with earth-colored terracotta bricks, concrete, and terrazzo. The intricate brick lacework evokes the delicate weaves of fabric, while the locally sourced materials, such as Moroccan earth bricks and granite composed of local stone and marble, allow the building to harmoniously meld with the environment.
Discover the magic of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, a living tribute to the genius of Yves Saint Laurent, the artistic mastery of Jacques Majorelle, and the rich heritage of Moroccan art. Step inside this elegant cultural oasis and immerse yourself in the breathtaking fusion of fashion, art, and Moroccan legacy.
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