The Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco is home to one of the finest collections of modern art in the country.
The priceless collection has grown to underline and accompany the evolution of Moroccan art, including centuries-old traditional forms, as one of the great expressions of culture in the country, one that is now recognized world-wide and highly valued, witness the many memorable exhibitions in major museums and galleries around the world featuring Moroccan artists and craftsmen, and the role Morocco played as a major influence in the development of Western art.
When the late King Hassan II, the Founder and Protector of the Academy decided to initiate a permanent collection of Moroccan art and supply it with landmark works by most major and emerging twentieth-century painters, sculptors and photographers, he not only envisioned a cumulative space to highlight the beauty, creativity, and diversity of Moroccan artistic expressions, he also wanted the premier cultural institution in the Kingdom to become a permanent national venue for the promotion of Moroccan art and to create a forum for study, research and debate on artistic trends and confluences and establish a reference institution specializing in all aspects of the field.
It is to be noted that many of the landmark works in the collection were acquired directly from the artists after private visits to their workshops and before many of them had reached international renown. The collection is also intended as a nucleus for an Academic art gallery that will be open to all national and international visitors.