Fondation Jardin Majorelle
In 2011, the association became the Jardin Majorelle Foundation
The association, created in 2001 to safeguard the ecological, historical and cultural heritage represented by the Jardin Majorelle, was recognized as a non-profit organization Dahir no. 2.11.647 dated November 4, 2011. It has become the Fondation Jardin Majorelle.
Since 2010, the Jardin Majorelle has been the property of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, a not-for-profit foundation officially recognized by French law.
More than 700,000 people, both tourists and Moroccan citizens, visit it every year. Students from all Moroccan schools are allowed, on request, to visit for free. Open every day of the year, the Jardin Majorelle employs 90 people, and the profit it generates benefits other projects in Morocco.
Inauguration of the Berber Museum
On December 3, 2011, the Berber Museum was officially inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communications of the French Republic, Mr. Bensalem Himmich, Minister of Culture in the Kingdom of Morocco and His Excellency the Ambassador of France in Morocco, Mr. Bruno Joubert.
On the same day, Mr. Frédéric Mitterrand, in the presence of Mr. Pierre Bergé, placed the Maison des Illustres plaque at the entrance to the Villa Oasis, where Mr. Yves Saint Laurent often lived and worked until his death.
These plaques, conceived in 2011 by the Ministry of Culture and Communications, were designed to “celebrate the dwellings rendered remarkable by their history or by those who have lived in them.” The dedication of the plaque at the Villa Oasis was the first time such an honour has been bestowed to a house outside French territory.
Yves Saint Laurent et le Maroc exhibition at the Jardin Majorelle, and at the Villa des Arts, Fondation ONA, Casablanca.
On November 27, 2010, the exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent et le Maroc, was inaugurated in the presence of Her Royal Highness the Princess Lalla Salma.
The Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Jardin Majorelle was organized by the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The exhibition showed, for the first time in Morocco, creations by Yves Saint Laurent that were inspired by the country he loved so much.
After having attracted 50,000 visitors to the Jardin Majorelle from November 27, 2010 to March 17, 2011, the exhibition was shown at the Villa des Arts, Fondation ONA in Casablanca from April 15, 2011 to July 15, 2011.