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A Look Inside Morocco’s First Contemporary Art Museum

Morocco has opened its first contemporary art museum, the Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, in Rabat.

Photos provided by the Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art


Morocco opened its first contemporary art museum last week in Rabat. The Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) is Morocco's first large-scale museum built since the country's independence from France in 1956. The three-floor building, whose designers were influenced by traditional Moroccan architecture, took a decade to construct. The museum’s first exhibit, “1914–2014: 100 Years of Creation," explores a century of Moroccan art with over 400 pieces by 200 Moroccan artists, including Hassan Hajjaj, Safaa Erruas, Younes Rahmoun, Batoul Shimi, Mounir Fatmi, Lamia Naji, Abbes Saladi, Mohamed Sarghini, Meriem Meziane, Mohamed Hamri, Tayeb Lahlou, and Ahmed Yacoubi.

MMVI celebrated its opening on Tuesday, October 7th, with an inauguration attended by the museum's namesake King Mohammed VI, and a screening of Moroccan filmmaker Nour-Eddine Lakhmari's documentary on the museum's creation. It then opened its doors to the public on Thursday, October 9th. MMVI is open every day (except Tuesday) from 10am to 6pm. Follow them on facebook and twitter for more info. See the gallery above for a look inside the museum and watch Nour-Eddine Lakhmari's short clip below.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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