Artcurial will offer Islamic art collection
French auction house Artcurial will be selling the Islamic art collection of Pierre Bergé — Yves Saint Laurent, on October 31 in the salons of the Palace Es Saadi in Marrakech. The sale ‘A Moroccan Passion’ will be held in aid of the Jardin Majorelle Foundation.
“As soon as we arrived in Morocco, both Yves Saint Laurent and I were fascinated by Islamic art and so decided to collect it. (…) The Jardin Majorelle Foundation, which I chair, will be selling all these carefully chosen pieces. The proceeds from this sale will enable us to continue improving the garden and to welcome, in the best possible fashion, the numerous visitors which last year amounted to almost 800,000. They will also help finance the Yves Saint Laurent museum that will open in 2017, in the new cultural center near the garden and to pursue the various cultural, educational and social activities that the Jardin Majorelle Foundation has been supporting in Morocco since its creation in 2011,” explained Bergé in the preface to the sale catalogue.
According to artdaily.com, the collection will bring together almost 180 items of Moroccan art — weapons, embroidery, cloth, ceramics, jewelry, carpets, architectural components — which were exhibited in the Jardin Majorelle Museum, before its focus turned exclusively to Berber art during its renovation in 2011.
The sale will also include all the furniture by Bill Willis, star architect of the Marrakech jet set, designed for the museum by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent. The couple will add more than 50 pieces of furniture and paintings from their own personal collection to the 180 lots from the museum.
“As well as being a great tribute to Morocco, this sale is, significantly, a perfect combination of beautiful things, with legendary provenance, and a wise and generous use of the proceeds. We couldn’t have wished for more from our first sale in Morocco,” said Artcurial Co-Chairman and auctioneer François Tajan.