H1118-L131891674 Jacques MAJORELLE 1886 - 1962, Les Allamattes, Marrakech

Artcurial has rich connections with Morocco, having organized Moroccan Spirit at Villa de Arts, Casablanca, in 2014. The following year, Artcurial held the sale of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent's Islamic art collection in Marrakech to benefit the Foundation Jardin Majorelle.

This fall, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent opened in Marrakech, continuing France's connection to Morocco's art scene.

Screen Shot 2017-12-08 at 11.15.19 Malick SIDIBÉ 1936 - 2016 Nuit de Noël (Happy-Club) - 1963

Olivier Berman, director of Artcurial's Orientalism Department explained that Attias' ''attachment and get love of Moroccos made her an ideal guest to participate in this event.''

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Amongst her many achievements, Cecilia Attias is an activist for women's rights who founded the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women. Living in New York and very attached to Morocco, Cecilia Attias has taken on the task of the Paris#Marrakech auction Ambassador, dedicated to Majorelle and contemporary African art.

Why did you accept Artcurial's invitation?
First of all I respect Artcurial, which always organizes original sales, varied and full of quality. I love Morocco and I love African art and artists, there are a number of reasons...enough to have accepted without much thought.

What do you personally collect?
I do not have the soul of a collector, nevertheless I like to look for and find pieces of my owns past, from my family which I can pass on to my children. I have  paintings that belonged to my great-great-father, Isaac Albeniz, as well as books from his collection and pieces in his own handwriting. Myself and my husband have a number of works by artists such as Majorelle that we particularly like.

H1118-L131891667 Jacques MAJORELLE 1886 - 1962, Portrait d'Égyptien, 1911

What does Jacques Majorelle represent for you in Morocco?
The Morocco we love, its colors, its warmth and its special sweetness.
Majorelle makes me escape. At a glance, I return to that time, so different and so soothing. This incomparable and unforgettable Morocco, its gardens, its kasbah, the women of the village, the ocher and splendid landscapes, the authenticity and the diversity.

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What do you admire about contemporary African art?
Its originality, its difference, the human warmth of the inhabitants of this continent, the reflection of the incomparable light of Africa as well as the difficulties of the daily life due to the rigor of its climate. Born from this is a creative youth which has a need to express themselves, women, caretakers of values ​​at the heart of the family with their courage and strength. All this makes me love African art.

Marrakech, and more broadly Africa, seems to be very present in your life. How does this come about?
I am very attached to Morocco because it is the country where my husband was born.
Marrakesh especially, we have a house there and where we like to spend time, time for us, with family or with the friends of always, moments serene and soft as its climate.
I have come to know Africa and it is an exciting and endearing continent. I like its landscapes, atmospheres and especially the people.

Screen Shot 2017-12-08 at 11.15.38 Malick SIDIBE 1936 - 2016 Moi seul - 1974 Tirage argentique (2013)

And your favorite places there?
There are many hidden places in Marrakech, terraces where the view of the Medina is beautiful, precious fabric merchants and great restaurants.
Of course the Majorelle Gardens I adore. The Café de la Poste remains a must, I always stop there for a mint tea. For lunch, I like to stop at Zinc, it's delicious, the chef there Damien Duran is French.

The exhibition of the Paris#Marrakech auction will be held in Paris from 13-15 December, 2017. The Marrakech preview will take place on 27-30 December with the auction held on December 30, 2017. Check out the catalog here.

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