Yves Saint Lau­rent opens new mu­seum in Mar­rakech

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In Oc­to­ber 2017, two mu­se­ums will open ded­i­cated to the work of Yves Saint Lau­rent. The first will be housed in the his­tor­i­cal cou­ture house at 5 av­enue Marceau, a hô­tel par­ti­c­ulier from the Sec­ond Em­pire where the French de­signer worked for al­most 30 years and which is now be­ing re­vis­ited by stage de­signer Nathalie Crinière and in­te­rior de­signer Jac­ques Grange.

The other mu­seum is be­ing erected in an­other city close to Saint Lau­rent’s heart - Mar­rakech. The de­signer and his life­time part­ner, Pierre Bergé, dis­cov­ered the Moroc­can city in 1966, and on the flight back from their first trip there, they al­ready had the pa­per­work for a house they wanted to buy. They went back reg­u­larly, and it was in Mar­rakech that Saint Lau­rent imag­ined his col­lec­tions. Hav­ing moved to a new house very close to Jardin Ma­jorelle, a gar­den of ex­otic plants and rare species cre­ated in the 1930s by French Ori­en­tal­ist painter Jac­ques Ma­jorelle, Saint Lau­rent and Bergé pounced when they heard that the now-pub­lic trea­sure would soon be de­mol­ished. To save it, they de­cided to buy it. Over the years, the gar­den flour­ished un­der their watch, and they de­vel­oped a mu­seum to the Ber­ber cul­ture on the site. The com­plex al­ready re­ceives al­most 700,000 vis­i­tors a year. The new mu­seum, on the aptly named Rue Yves Saint Lau­rent, is not within the gar­den but quite close, on the same block, and was fi­nanced us­ing the en­trance fees of the gar­den.

De­signed by the French ar­chi­tec­ture firm Stu­dio KO, founded by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier, it is built of terra cotta, con­crete, and an earth­en­coloured ter­razzo with pieces of Moroc­can stone, per­fectly fit­ting in with the sur­round­ings. “Their clean, un­clut­tered style re­calls Saint Lau­rent’s work,” Bergé said of Stu­dio KO. Span­ning more than 13,000sq ft, the mu­seum will fea­ture a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion space, an au­di­to­rium, a book­shop, a café-restau­rant with a ter­race, and a re­search li­brary.

Yves Saint Lau­rent in his Paris stu­dio, 1986


The Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent in Mar­rakech

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