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Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Mohamed Melehi (*1936, Asilah) lives and works in Tangier and Marrakesh. During his training, Melehi began to incorporate elements of Spanish abstract art and the American avant-garde into his own formal idioms. His painting on show here is made within the context of the American avant-garde concept of modernism, with a flat surface, an open frame, and the dynamic repetition of an archetypical motif in the form of a wave. Melehi’s art is interdisciplinary and free of any academic or ideological restrictions, and when he returned to Morocco this then became the starting point for his teaching at the Casablanca Academy of Fine Arts. The principles of the Bauhaus, liberated from academic approaches, become the foundation of his teaching. His classes explore abstraction, interdisciplinarity and the mutual influences between the work of the artist and the artisan. Although he does not see his work as being directly inspired by Moroccan arts and crafts, Melehi nonetheless always refers to their modernity, richness and intelligence.

2015
Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris 

2014
Mohamed Melehi, Loft Art Gallery, Casablanca 

2013
Moroccan Contemporary Art, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris 

2012
Art Morocco, Meem Gallery, Dubai 

2011
Black and White, Loft Art Gallery, Casablanca 

2010
Loft Art Gallery, Casablanca
Marrakech Art Fair
Sculptures, Arcanes Gallery, Rabat 

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie