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Symbiosis of two worlds / Symbiose de deux mondes

One hundred of cultural exchange / Europe and the Maghreb
Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia

The Written Art Foundation opened on 9 November 2013 the exhibition "Symbiosis of two worlds" in the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, part of the world-famous Oetker Collection.

The occasion was the centenary of the legendary journey of three great European artists, namely August Macke, Paul Klee and Louis Moilliet in the Maghreb.

This exhibition was a tribute to the encounter of the Orient to the Occident hundred years ago. The discovery of the Maghreb and its infinitely rich culture has sparked a revolution in European painting in the series.

The exhibition presented classics such as Willi Baumeister, Georges Noel, Farid Belkahia, Marc Tobey, Shafic Abboud and Georges Mathieu. But today's top artists such as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker up to Mehdi Qotbi were also represented.


The exhibition "Symbiosis of two worlds" wanted to show that the gathering of impulses and discoveries was a two way street, but after the second world war a really close exchange of ideas and programs between Arab and European artists arose which finds his accumulation in the 21st century today.

So it were highly gifted artists of North Africa from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, who came to Europe, while they did not dismiss their tradition and sign. The most important among them include Farid Belkahia, born in Marrakech, or the slightly older artists Shafic Abboud, but also Mehdi Qotbi, Nja Mahdaoui, Rachid Koraïchi, El Houssaine Mimouni and many others.

From the initially tentative encounters with another culture resulted a painting without borders. The inspirations, duplication and transfer of design methodologies between European and Arabian artists has led to an extraordinary variety and richness.

From the European side, we confirmed this with works by Pierre Soulages, Pierre Alechinsky and Antoni Tàpies but also by well-known advocates of so-called postmodernism as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Rebecca Horn and Mark Tobey.

So you can speak today at the beginning of the 21st century of a symbiosis of two worlds, which illustrates a perspective for our common future in mutual respect and sincere interest in cooperation. It is a beacon in the global context, that keeps Europe and North Africa together.