Four months after the museums reopened on July 27, their attendance is still increasing, especially in Rabat and Marrakech. It’s still difficult to come up with precise figures concerning the number of visitors to Moroccan museums, however, Mehdi Qotbi, president of the National Museum Foundation (FNM), estimates the attendance rate at 60% on average at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) in Rabat, “a true standard-bearer for museums in Morocco”, he told Médias24. This rate even reached 70% last Friday. I can assure you that attendance has increased,” he says.
“Visitors also return to Marrakech, to the Dar El Bacha and Dar si Saïd museums. It is a great satisfaction for the work accomplished by the teams of all the museums. They are the ones who do exceptional work on-site, ” he said.
According to the same source, this “interest”, this “enthusiasm, even” of the public for museums is explained by “the novelty” and “the changes” operated in these different structures. The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art currently hosts three exhibitions “which pay homage to the modern and contemporary heritage of Morocco”, specifies Mehdi Qotbi: the one dedicated to the painter Jilali Gharbaoui, from September 23 to February 8; a second dedicated to the painter Fouad Bellamine, initiated on November 19; a third entitled “ Moroccan painters in national collections, from Ben Ali R’bati to the present day”, which runs from August 12 and continues until December 15.
Also held at the Museum of History and Civilizations of Rabat, since September 7, an exhibition on the history of painting in Morocco.