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The Casablanca Art School

a brightly coloured painting across two panels. The swirls are in lime green, orange, lilac, yellow and white

Mohamed Melehi Untitled 1983 © Mohamed Melehi Estate

A major exhibition about the artists of the renowned Casablanca Art School

Tate St Ives will be the first museum in the UK to explore the intense period of artistic rebirth that followed Morocco’s independence, forged by the experimental teaching methods of the Casablanca Art School in the 1960s and 1970s.

Led by Farid Belkahia alongside Mohammed Chabâa, Mohamed Melehi and others, this pioneering school paved the way for a new generation of socially engaged modern artists who formed an influential avant-garde network.

Works by 22 artists will be brought together to demonstrate the wide variety of the Moroccan ‘new wave’, from vibrant abstract paintings and urban murals to applied arts, typography, graphics and interior design.

The exhibition will also include a selection of rarely-seen print archives, vintage journals, documentary photographs and films.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Tate St Ives and Sharjah Art Foundation, where it will open in February 2024. It is also part of a key moment of international research into the Casablanca Art School, which includes a collaborative project initiated in 2020 between KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Marokko, ThinkArt and Zamân Books & Curating.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit

Dates

27 May 2023 – 14 January 2024

  • Booking is recommended, although a few tickets might be available on the door.
  • Members and Locals Pass Holders enjoy free entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card.

Pricing

£10.50 / Free for Members

Concessions available

£5 for Tate Collective. 16–25? Sign up and log in to book

£1 admission on 24–25 June for our 30th Birthday Weekend

Tickets include entry to Modern Conversations display

Supported by

With additional support from

Casablanca Art School Exhibition Supporters Circle

Barjeel Art Foundation

and Tate Members

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