The Museo Arqueológico Nacional (MAN) inaugurates the temporary exhibition Around the Pillars of Hercules. The millennial relations between Morocco and Spain, organized by the Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte (MCD), the National Foundation of Museums of the Kingdom of Morocco (FNM) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), with the collaboration, in In addition, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Desarrollo (AECID) and the Association of Amigos del MAN (AMAN).
Located on either side of the Strait of Gibraltar, a geographical feature known since antiquity as the “Pillars of Hercules”, a mythical space considered as the end of the known world, Morocco and Spain have maintained human contacts and materials constant and intense throughout history. These neighborhood ties are the central subject of the exhibition, a unique opportunity to deepen relations and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The exhibition consists of an exquisite selection of 335 cultural assets from six Moroccan museums linked to the National Foundation of Museums of the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as collections from the Museo Arqueológico Nacional and an object from the Museo Nacional del Prado. This is a unique opportunity to contemplate in Spain important works of Moroccan archaeological heritage that have rarely left their territory.
The route is designed in six major thematic sectors to allow the visitor to discover the evolution of relations between the two countries, established at first without any state structure; then under the influence of external powers, such as the Phoenician and Punic colonizations; and even being part of the same political entity, such as the Roman Empire, or of the same cultural and religious context, such as that resulting from the Islamic expansion across the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages. The speech ends with the passage to the Modern Age, the moment when the relations between the two countries are modified by the new world order.
In addition, the exhibition includes an epilogue that addresses the current stage, and, more specifically, the scientific collaboration of the two countries in the field of archeology, through projects managed by mixed teams and developed in Moroccan territory. that make it possible to highlight its rich heritage and rediscover these thousand-year-old relationships forged around the Strait.
The visitor will be able to contemplate a great diversity of archaeological objects. Note the set of bronze sculptures from the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, the heart of the Museum of History and Civilizations in Rabat, including the bust of Juba II. We can also contemplate its parallel in marble, which belongs to the Museo del Prado, or a rich choice of objects from Al-Andalus in the Museo Arqueológico Nacional.