The world famous La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech will host a very special exhibition from 20th February – 3rd March 2014. The unique showcase features seventeen paintings by Hassan El Glaoui (most of which have never been seen in Morocco) and eight by Sir Winston Churchill. It will be the first time Churchill’s paintings have been publically exhibited alongside other artist’s works. The exhibition opens to the public on February 20th 2014 and will be an opportunity to expose the enthusiasm these two artists expressed towards Morocco, and to present their shared story.
It was only through Churchill’s intervention that Hassan El Glaoui, the young Berber tribesman, was permitted to professionally pursue his passion for painting at Les Beaux Arts in Paris, and he has since become one of Morocco’s most significant artists. Churchill, meanwhile, was an accomplished landscape painter who had first visited the Moroccan city of Marrakech in 1935. He developed a lasting affection for what he considered “one of the loveliest spots in the whole world,” and he would paint it frequently.
For the first time in Morocco, and with the collaboration of Touria El Glaoui (Hassan El Glaoui’s daughter), La Mamounia has succeeded in its bid to organise this unique exhibition – which reveals some uncommon similarities amongst the two artists. This is set to be a stunning and exclusive exhibition that will both inspire and amaze.
The Glaoui / Churchill exhibition will also coincide with the Marrakech Biennale, running from 26 February to 31 March, with both exhibitions seeking to build bridges between cultures through the arts. La Mamounia in particular is positioning the Glaoui / Churchill exhibition as a special engagement of two different cultures.
Meetings In Marrakech: The Paintings of Hassan El Glaoui And Sir Winston Churchill is open to public every day from February 20th to March 3rd 2014 from 10:30 am to 07:30 pm (except February 22nd: closing at 17:00).