The President of the Arab World Institute (IMA), Jack Lang, paid tribute to the great artist Mohamed Melehi, who recently died due to the Covid-19, in a long text published on the IMA website.
“Mohamed Melehi, a shining poet of colors and shapes”. This is the title chosen by the president of the Arab World Institute, Jack Lang, to pay tribute to one of the greatest representatives of modern and contemporary art in Morocco, Mohamed Melehi, who died last week in Paris due to Covid-19 consequences.
“Mohamed Melehi was a visionary, a creator of genius, a broker of light and culture“, described the former minister in a moving text. “His artistic talent had made him a figurehead of Moroccan modernity. Affable and cheerful, he was a man of infinite kindness, gifted with exquisite humor and always benevolent. I remember with emotion the moments shared, between lightness and laughter, when we talked endlessly about his countless projects. He was a demiurgic force in bringing beauty to the world.” And to continue: “On three continents, from Seville to New York via the colorful frescoes of his hometown of Asillah, he was able to mix influences in sumptuous color schemes that amazed us. His painting always knew how to reveal forms of unique and voluptuous sensuality. The recurrence of the geometric symbolism of the wave was a thread that punctuated the musical harmony of his entire pictorial and idealized universe.“
For the president of the Arab World Institute, Mohamed Melehi was quite simply a universalist painter who succeeded in evoking in his works “the lively and shimmering tones of the southern shores of the Mediterranean and the Île du couchant, the infinite oceanic coastlines he loved so much, and transcribed, under the brush, concerns that are still relevant today”.
Mohammed Melehi was a sculptor, a painter, a total and committed artist, but Mohammed Melehi was notably “a friend of the Institute of the Arab World, of the Arts which contributed to the cultural life of the Institute through numerous donations, in particular, that of France and Claude Lemand in 2018. It was at the heart of the contemporary Morocco exhibition that we organized in 2015 with the support and the high patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI. Mohamed Melehi’s dreamlike paintings were a marvelous illustration of the aesthetic exception of an exceptional country.“