Located very near the Jardin Majorelle – acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 – the musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech occupies a new 4,000 m² building. It includes a 400m² permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Yves Saint Laurent and designed by Christophe Martin.
The museum also includes a hall for temporary exhibitions, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, a 140-seat auditorium, bookshop and terrace café.
THE YVES SAINT LAURENT EXHIBITION HALL
More than just a retrospective featuring the essential work of Yves Saint Laurent – the pea coat, the Mondrian dress, ‘le smoking’ and the safari jacket – the exhibition, rooted in Marrakech, is a voyage to the heart of what influenced the designer.
Fifty pieces chosen from the collection will be displayed around themes dear to Yves Saint Laurent – Masculine-Feminine, Black, Africa and Morocco, Imaginary Voyages, Gardens and Art – offering an original interpretation of the couturier’s work using garments that, until now, have rarely been seen by the public. The garments on display will be rotated regularly, in order to ensure their conservation and to constantly revive the exhibition.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS HALL
The hall used for temporary exhibitions was conceived as a cultural and artistic aperture conforming to international museum standards. It will welcome diverse exhibitions related to fashion, art, contemporary art and design, anthropology and botany.
EVERY YEAR, THE WORK OF A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO WORKED WITH YVES SAINT LAURENT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE GALLERY. THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION WILL PRESENT PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDRÉ RAU.
The inaugural exhibition is titled Thirty Years of the Fashion House… in Marrakech, and will present photographs by André Rau that appeared in the French edition of Elle in 1992.
Ten photographs by Rau highlight iconic Yves Saint Laurent garments worn by Catherine Deneuve. They were shot in Marrakech, in places dear to the couturier, including the Jemaa el Fna Square and the interior of his home, the Villa Oasis. These photographs shine a spotlight on the artist and his muse in harmonious settings.