According to the Art Newspaper’s Robert Bevan, two new museums dedicated to the French couturier Yves Saint Laurent are opening in Paris and Marrakech. The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, which opens today, is housed in the designer’s former townhouse on the avenue Marceau. The Moroccan branch of the institution is scheduled to open on October 19, 2017, in a new cultural center on rue Yves Saint Laurent. A collection of five thousand haute couture items and fifteen thousand accessories and archival materials will travel between the two sites, with one thousand items held in Marrakech at any particular time. The Marrakech museum will focus on the influence Morocco had on the designer’s vision.
“We want to develop a new audience in Morocco, not only for Yves Saint Laurent but for contemporary creations not yet seen [in the country],” said Björn Dahlström, the director of the Marrakech institution. Exhibitions on Etel Adnan and her partner, sculptor Simone Fattal, along with Moroccan fashion designer Noureddine Amir and experimental theater artist Robert Wilson, among others, are in the works for this site.
The building of both museums was funded by the sale of the art collection Saint Laurent built with his business and life partner, Pierre Berge, who passed away this year in September. The artworks, auctioned off through Christie’s in 2009, raised more than $440 million for the museums and AIDS research.