A major exhibition about the artists of the renowned Casablanca Art School
Lawrie Shabibi is pleased to announce 'The Casablanca Art School' exhibition at Tate St Ives, featuring artworks by pioneering artists Mohamed Melehi, Farid Belkahia and Mohamed Chebaa, who transformed this institution by encouraging artistic experiments, looking beyond western academic traditions and drawing on existing local culture.
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.
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.