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Famous for their complex history, rich culture, and mouth-watering cuisine, the countries of North Africa’s Maghreb region are also home to a number of world-class museums and galleries that offer an insight into the region’s cultural and artistic accomplishment. We profile ten must-see exhibition spaces in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
A twenty-minute drive from Tunis, on the way to Sidi Thabet, the B’Chira Art Center is home to an independent center of contemporary art founded by the artist Bchira Triki Bouazizi. The founder’s mission is to offer artists a professional structure that will enable them to produce, exhibit and reflect on their artwork. In so doing, the center offers a push to the Tunisian arts scene on a regional and international level, making contemporary art more accessible to a general audience. Visitors come here to enjoy art exhibitions but also a variety of classes, including lessons in ceramics, painting, gastronomy, video production and many others. Debates, talks, concerts and other events bring together various exponents of Tunisia’s cultural scene, who regularly visit the gallery and share their experience.
B’Chira Art Center, Sabelet Ben Ammar, Ariana, Tunisia, +216 70 527 767
Since its very beginnings in 1994 in the coastal city of Al Marsa, the El Marsa Gallery has worked to promote the work of talented artists across the Arab world. Its main mission is to provide a platform of representation for artists to exhibit their latest contemporary artworks. The collections on display include a variety of contemporary paintings and sculptures, but also an array of historical photographs. Famous artists like Abdallah Benanteur and Hatim El Mekki have already exhibited their work here. Gallery El Marsa’s popularity and critical acclaim is, in part, due to its international outlook and participation in numerous art fairs abroad, including Dubai, Paris and Abu Dhabi.
Galerie El Marsa, 2, Al-Marsa 2070, Tunisia, +216 71 74 05 72