Places of Art and culture
Art and Culture
The history of La Mamounia is permeated with art in its various forms. In the past and still today, the inseparable worlds of art and culture breathe life into the hotel.
Art everywhere you look
A glance at the ceilings or the Andalusian patio suffices to understand the artistic richness of the hotel. La Mamounia is an encapsulation of expertise, noble materials, and hours of painstaking work. Each hand-crafted item is a work of art in itself. La Mamounia is a living tribute to the skills and dedication of craftsmen and women. The hotel has only the greatest respect and admiration for the sculptors of marble and wood, coppersmiths, Maalem (Moroccan master craftsmen) specialising in tadelakt, gebs (carved plaster) craftsmen and others who have made it what it is.
La Mamounia also comprises photographs and pictorial works that recall Morocco past and present, such as the paintings by Besancenot in the Majorelle Gallery, which depict scenes of the Orient and traditional dances, and the photographs by Gérard Rondeau in La Bibliothèque (the library). Each floor is dedicated to an artist: Saadi Moulay Mhamed, Alan Keohane, Suzanne Porter, Michèle Maurin, Saâd Tazi and Yvan Moreau. All share a love for Morocco, its culture and its people.
Take a stroll through the hotel and immerse yourself in an artistic journey!
Modern patronage: our temporary exhibitions
With its vast lobby, Andalusian patio, fountains and gardens, each with its own light, colours, shapes and contrasts, the hotel is an exceptional and fertile showcase for contemporary works of art. The result is striking. The hotel has always promoted both young talent and established artists.
80 photographs taken by amateur photographers and tourists offered a glimpse into life in Marrakesh in the 1930s; an original exhibition brought together perspectives of Churchill – one of the hotel's iconic figures – and Hassan El Glaoui, who recently stated: "I became a painter thanks to Churchill". Then there are the colourful and offbeat sculptures of Julien Marinetti. Imagine blue and orange ducks, like children's toys, floating in the pool of Le Marocain restaurant, a bronze and golden bulldog and other colourful animals placed here and there to create a surprising and visually pleasing effect.
As a venue for exhibitions and events, La Mamounia contributes to artistic and cultural life in Marrakesh.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to be held at La Mamounia for second consecutive year.
Following its inaugural Marrakech edition in 2018, La Mamounia is pleased to be hosting the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair from 21-24 February 2019 for its second consecutive year. Bringing together 18 international galleries and the works of over 65 artists, 1:54 is one of the largest showcases of its kind and the hotel is honoured to welcome the exciting programme of African art exhibitions and bespoke events.
La Mamounia will equally host 1:54’s extensive talks programme; 1:54 FORUM to be held in parallel to the fair. The decision to support 1:54’s programme for its second-year highlight’s La Mamounia’s dedication to shining a light on Africa’s established and emerging artists, as well as promoting Marrakech’s rich cultural history and creative energy.
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A beautiful history
Since 1923, La Mamounia has welcomed travellers from all over the world, both unknown and famous. The history of the establishment stretches as far back as the 12th century, when it stood protected behind the medieval ramparts of Marrakesh. The hotel is inseparably attached to its magnificent gardens, which were gifted to Prince Al Mamoun as a wedding present in the 18th century. The passing centuries have brought ever more culture, refinement and know-how to the hotel.
La Mamounia carries with it this prestigious past and its Arabic-Andalusian culture, rich with splendid colours, shapes and materials, which it nurtures and celebrates.
"It is one of the most beautiful places in the world" declared Winston Churchill to Franklin Roosevelt in 1943. A true declaration of love, in the same way as all of those that have graced the history of La Mamounia. Artists, statesmen, Hollywood stars, authors, and other great figures have fallen under the spell of this place, its refinement and the exceptional welcome received at La Mamounia. A unique experience.
La Mamounia as an artist's muse
This multi-faceted place, its architecture, Arabic-Andalusian decoration, and fantastic views over the gardens, the Koutoubia, the Atlas Mountains and the park have all been sources of inspiration and creativity. La Mamounia and its spirit have inspired artists and writers, and enriched the experiences of those who stay here, and take the time to explore and understand it. This Moroccan palace has never been more alive.