The Berber Museum, created in 2011 by Pierre Bergé, will henceforth bear the name Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts in honor of its founder and his commitment to this culture, announced the Jardin Majorelle Foundation in a press release.
This announcement comes on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum, imagined and designed by Pierre Bergé who had been fascinated by Berber arts upon his arrival in Morocco in the 1960s, a passion he also shared by Yves Saint-Laurent.
As a heritage common to all Moroccans, the Amazigh culture constitutes a fundamental component of their national identity as His Majesty King Mohamed VI consecrated it by the Constitution in 2011.
It is the same year that Pierre Bergé founded the Berber Museum by bequeathing its entire collection of more than 600 objects. This donation presents a panorama of the extraordinary creativity of Berber arts – textiles, ornaments, carpets, pottery, etc.–, and testifies to the diversity of this still-living culture.
This museum visited since its opening date by more than two million people, has allowed Moroccan visitors to deepen their knowledge of Amazigh culture, and foreign visitors to discover this very rich heritage.