Thursday, October 19, 2017
musee yves saint laurent marrakech
“When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he decided to buy a house here, and returned regularly. It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country.” - Pierre Bergé
Today is the opening of Musee YVES SAINT LAURENT Marrakech.
A museum entirely devoted to the work of the legendary fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008).
The new building, situated on Rue Yves Saint Laurent next to Jardin Majorelle, spans over 4,000 m² and is more than just a museum. Designed by Studio KO, it features a 400 m² permanent exhibition space where the work of Yves Saint Laurent will be presented in a scenography by Christophe Martin; a 150 m² space for temporary exhibitions, a 130-seat auditorium, a boutique and bookshop, a café-restaurant, as well as a research library comprising 5,000 volumes.
Last week I past the building by bike several times and I watched videos of key moments in the YSL history, at a mighty public screening on the Djemaa el Fna on Friday evening.
During an official ceremony on Saturday, we even were allowed to cycle past the strictly secured and closed Rue YSL, right next to the red carpet, with our Green Gardens workshop group on 12 bikes.
Yesterday, just one day before the opening I left Marrakech. For an invitation to the opening today, I would have missed my flight without hesitation.
Well at least now I have another good reason to go back to Marrakech.