Jardin Rouge: An Artist’s Oasis In Marrakech

Jardin Rouge is an astounding artists’ residency nestled nearby a typical Moroccan village in the outskirts of Marrakech.

Launched in 2007 by the private Montresso Art Foundation, Jardin Rouge is a haven where contemporary (and Street Art) artists of various backgrounds are invited to build an artistic project in a flexible timeframe.

The foundation imagined a sanctuary where artists are given all the necessary means to source their inspiration, reflect and experiment in a unique environment. Much more than an artist’s workshop, Jardin Rouge is an intimate space where worldwide amateurs, collectors, and art critics can exchange over their passion for art.

This immense playground surrounded by orange/red brick walls, exquisite olive grove gardens and sculptures in every direction, immediately captivated us. The areas are composed of workshop layouts and dominating art pieces in strikingly decorated rooms.

The first artists to lay a footprint in the Jardin Rouge were a carefully curated mix from the international street art scene. In may 2014 it hosted the successful “Behind the Red Wall” event where the works of three generations of graffiti artists were showcased post residency – TATS CRU, ECB, TOAST, Jace and 123Klan to name a few.

On a larger scope, the Montresso Foundation is setting Marrakech as an innovative artistic city through the initiation of outside projects with local actors and its active participation in international events:

– A recently published book about German artist Hendrick Beikirch’s (ECB) line of work “Tracing Morocco”. It will be exclusively available at the Artcurial library during the Paris F.I.A.C in October 2016.

– Investing the waste disposal bins of the COP 22 (Global Conference on Health and Climate) with a selected number of renowned artists in Marrakech this coming November.

It has also inaugurated in April 2016 a 1300m2 exhibition space dedicated to the contemporary art of international artists where three major events will be organized each year.

Written by Talissa Tuleweit
Photography: Cyril Foiret