Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
March 21 – July 20, 2014
5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris
+33 1 44 31 64 00

This exhibition not only shares the richness of the Amazigh civilization, but also honors Berber women, to whom the Amazigh culture owes its survival. The survival of a culture depends on the transmission of the language, but also on certain, essentially feminine, skills, such as weaving or, in the northern region of the Kingdom, pottery. The exhibition is an opportunity to discover the diverse and extraordinary beauty of Berber adornments, including carpets, cloaks, woven belts, necklaces of amber and coral, and silver brooches, which are predominantly sourced from the sumptuous collection of the Jardin Majorelle’s Musée Berbère in Marrakech, as well as the collection of the Musée du quai Branly, and from private collections.

The Berber Museum, situated at the heart of the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – which is the property of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent – houses a collection of
Berber art. This exhibition seeks to recreate in Paris the spirit and aesthetic of the Berber Museum in Marrakech.

As Pierre Bergé comments: “The majority of the objects at this exhibition come from the Museum. I have asked that the exhibition be consecrated to Berber women because most of the objects concern them. And also because of the vital role that Berber women play in the
transmission of their cultural identity: the language, the skills, the education of the children.”