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BACHIR DEMNATI

Born in Tangier in 1946, Bachir Demnati discovered painting at the age of 7. A few years later, he will take drawing classes at Ibn El Khatib High School. His first exhibition was organized by the association of former students of his high school and allowed him to get a scholarship and join the prestigious National School of Visual Arts in Brussels “La Cambre”.

Graduated in 1969, Bachir Demnati took over the reins of Tangier’s largest architectural firm, the firm “Guy Stenier”.

In 1970, he presented his work at the Municipal Casino of Tangier under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Lalla Fatima Zohra and the governor of the region Housni Benslimane. The exhibition will surprise the public, considering that the featured art works were quite different from what used to be common at the time.

He joins then the artists known as the “Casablanca Movement” and began working with them on several projects of collective and solo exhibitions. In 1972, he is a founding member of AMAP (Moroccan Association of Plastic Arts)

In 1975, Bachir Demnati invited Mohamed Chabaa and Mohamed Melehi to expose by his side within his structure “La Galerie Cotta”. The exhibition will have a great media coverage and will allow the three artists to gain a large audience. From 1976 to 1978, he participated in other collective projects, but had to be more and more involved in the activity of his firm.

In 1978, after leaving the construction site of Bank Crédit du Maroc’s agency in Marrakech, he made a serious accident that made him fall him into a deep coma. His works will be featured in the same year at the first festival of Asilah to which he will not be able to attend because of his recovery. Traumatized by this incident, and having to face his family responsibilities, he decided to dedicate himself permanently to his architectural practice and left the art scene.
His work will reappear decades later, in 2016, as part of an auction held by the Moroccan Company of Objects and Works of Art. One of the works sold during this auction sale will be featured two years later in the exhibition “That feverish leap into the fierceness of life” organized by curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath as part of Art Dubai 2018, dedicated to the begining of modernity in the five major schools of creation in the Arab world. The work of Bachir Demnati will make the cover of the exhibition’s catalog.

1965 Solo exhibition at the Municipal Casino of Tangier
1966 Exhibition « Demnati-R’Kaina », Tangier
1966 Participation at the exhibition of the first art week of Tangier
1970 Solo exhibition « Réalité Médiane », Tangier
1972 Founding member of l'AMAP (The Moroccan Association for plastic arts), Casablanca
1973 Collective exhibition of l'AMAP, Casablanca
1973 Realization of a tapestry under the supervision of Lily Calman. This work was exhibited in 1974 at the Zurich Museum during a major event of contemporary art
1973 Collective exhibition at « Tunis Festival »
1973 Collective exhibition at « Alger Festival »
1974 Inaugural exhibition « l’Art Marocain dans les collections privées », Galerie Nadar, Casablanca
1974 Solo exhibition at Galerie « Structure B. S. », Rabat
1974 Participation at the Biennale of Baghdad
1975 Collective exhibition of Plastic Maghrebian Artists , Tunis
1975 Collective exhibition inter-arabe on Palestine in Rabat, Alger, Tunis, held by the U.A.A.
1976-1977 Participation in the second arabe biennale of Rabat
1978 Participation at the 1st festival of Asilah
1980 Collective moroccan exhibition at Joan Miro Fondation, Barcelone
2018 « THAT FEVERISH LEAP INTO THE FIERCENESS OF LIFE », Art Dubai, MiSK Art Institute, Dubai, UA