In addition to the Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures, a second museum space has just opened in Tangier. This is the “Villa Harris, Tangier Museum”, which was inaugurated on Tuesday March 16 in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Othman El Ferdaous, the President of the Garden Foundation. Majorelle, Madison Cox, the President of the National Museum Foundation, Mehdi Qotbi and the donor of the collection of paintings, El Khalil Belguench.
“I am blown away by the quality of the works on display. I am also impressed by the beauty of this place and I find that what has been done is truly exemplary. I hope that other Moroccan collectors, proud of their identity and of their homeland, can make their collections available to the general public by making donations to the National Museum Foundation ”, underlines the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Othman El Ferdaous.
Indeed, apart from the beauty and the sumptuousness of the places, it must be said that it is thanks to the donation of this Moroccan patron that the new Museum was able to offer a magnificent exhibition rich in light and colors, highlighting the landscapes. , traditions and scenes of life that have fascinated many painters, both Moroccan and Western. This sharing with the people of Tangier and all those who visit the city makes it possible to discover surprising palettes.
We meet the artistic influence of the Mediterranean world and the permanent dialogue between the two shores. “Paintings by major artists from the beginning of the 20th century, such as Frank Tapiro, Jacques Majorelle, Claudio Bravo or even Edy-Legrand are confronted with the works of the first generations of Moroccan artists who shaped the artistic modernity of the Kingdom, from Ben Ali R’bati and Mohamed Sarghini to Jilali Gharbaoui, Fatima Hassan, Mohamed Hamri and Farid Belkahia, among others ”.
Thus, this first museum of modern art, places the city of the strait among the unmissable cultural destinations in Morocco. Because, in addition to a most wonderful plastic route, the building is surrounded by a sumptuous garden which offers a diversity of plants and sculptures for the pleasure of visitors, both Moroccan and foreign.
Note that the “Villa Harris, Museum of Tangier” is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the National Museum Foundation, the Wilaya of Tangier, the Agency for the Promotion and Development of the North, then the Ministry of Culture , Youth and Sports, which have all enabled the renovation of this building while retaining its authentic character.