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Oslo donates Moroccan artefact to the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

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An act of donation was signed on Tuesday in Oslo by Former Ambassador of Norway Ase Danielsen and President of the National Museum Fondation Mehdi Qotbi, to return a Moroccan artefact which was in possession of the former Norwegian diplomat.

This event, which took place in the presence of the Ambassador of Morocco to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland, Ms. Lamia Radi, is part of the two-day visit by Mr. Qotbi to the Nordic country, where he had meetings with many museum directors and officials in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture.

The artefact is a piece of fabric with very old embroidery, that the former ambassador of Norway bought in Morocco during the 1980s. Being aware of the historical value of this piece of Moroccan heritage, the former ambassador preferred to return it to its place of origin, thus, the collection of the  Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Ms. Danielson said her initiative aims to encourage the collection of the authentic heritage of the kingdom, to highlight the creative dimension enjoyed by the Moroccan craftsman, to strengthen the cultural relations between the two countries and to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of culture and conservation of material heritage.

Mr. Qotbi, on the other hand, noted that Norwegian officials in the cultural and diplomatic fields want to establish cooperation with Morocco in the field of museology and exchange of experiences in the service of civilized dialogue between the two countries.