After revealing plans last year, Yves Saint Laurent’s new museum in Marrakech will finally open to the public starting this Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Located at the former fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent at 5 Avenue Marceau, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech was designed by French architectural duo Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier of studio kO.
The facade of the building appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks, creating patterns that recall the weft and warp of fabric. As with the lining of a couture jacket, the interior is radically different: velvety, smooth and radiant.
Award-winning French industrialist Pierre Bergé also shared, “When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he immediately 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 this country.”
Measuring in at 4,000 square meters, the museum is dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent‘s life, as a 400-square-meter permanent exhibition space – designed by Christophe Martin – showcases the fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent.
The museum also houses a temporary exhibition space with the first exhibition dedicated to painter Jacques Majorelle, in addition to incorporating a research library with over 6,000 volumes, a 150-seat auditorium, a bookstore, and terrace café.
If you’re traveling to the area, here’s the official address.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40000
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