Inaugurated on October 21, 2020 at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech, the Bert Flint exhibition won over the public. Building on this success and in the face of this enthusiasm, the exhibition is extended until Sunday, August 1, 2021.
This exhibition explores a common history, a heritage shared between Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa, testifies to the richness of rural and Berber traditions but also to the diversity of Moroccan and sub-Saharan cultures, through everyday objects and the presented crafts
in unprecedented ways, underline the organizers.
According to Mouna Mekouar, Curator of the exhibition and Marie-Christine Lebascle, Associate Curator, the exhibition, which evokes a world perceived as traditional, draws its strength from this way of being totally in tune with our time, a way of be deeply contemporary and very topical.
This exhibition draws, also and above all, they note, the portrait of Bert Flint, that of a viewer, who, by his proximity, with the various Moroccan and sub-Saharan cultures, knew how to measure their paradigmatic character, as well as brings together works from his personal collection that testify to his view of the diversity and richness of Berber traditions that flourished from the Atlas to the Anti-Atlas and from the Sahara to the Sahel.
The Bert Flint Expo is also part of a long history of friendship, admiration and collaboration between the Fondation Jardin Majorelle and Bert Flint.
Conceived as a vast visual poem, the exhibition follows Bert Flint’s approach, favoring a formal language. Basketry, pottery, ornaments, amulets, textiles and leather goods together draw a landscape that is emblematic of his thought and his view of these territories. Thus assembled, these objects we
invite us to rethink our approach to artistic productions from these different regions. Like an imaginary journey, the exhibition crosses territories and sites ranging from Marrakech to Tafilalet to sub-Saharan regions, from Niger to Mauritania.
Each stage of the journey is linked to one of these regions which, bearing its history, enriches and transforms the other regions in contact with nomadic or semi-nomadic populations. Rich in these exchanges, each exhibited object is in reality a witness and an index of shared cultural practices and attests to the presence
of a common cultural base. With this mosaic that is developing on both sides, from Morocco to the Sahel, it is also a question of thinking of all these worlds as a single cultural and artistic entity.