Under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI,
the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the Centre for Jewish-Moroccan Culture (CCJM, Brussels), the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon

present the exhibition

Morocco and Europe, six centuries in the eyes of the other

In forging a link with the past, the curators, Paul Dahan and Sylvie Lausberg, ultimately wanted to break down today's clichés in order to foster dialogue and mutual respect on both shores of the Mediterranean.

Following in the footsteps of diplomats, travellers, painters, writers, craftsmen and entire peoples, today, the sources of reciprocal influence improve both our understanding of the realities of emigration and affect how we perceive it.

Divided into six distinct modules, the exhibition proposes a path that sheds light on the importance of the imaginary both for the Europeans who came into contact with Morocco and for the spirit of the Moroccans in relation to the western world. This dimension is essential for a proper understanding of the evolution of these relations, which have been marked by a real mutual fascination.

The exhibition awakens an awareness of a Moroccan identity which though open to the world, also manages to retain a specific identity that is expressed today in the work of contemporary Moroccan artists as well as in a know-how that is recognized in both the commercial and cultural spheres.

This exhibition, organized by the CCJM and CCME, was a great success with the public and the press in Brussels, at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat, the University of Anvers, the City Hall at Hotel de Ville in Paris, and the Multimedia Francophone Library in Limoges.

It is now presented to the Portuguese public at the Jerónimos Monastery.

The Jerónimos Monastery is a major symbol of Portuguese history and culture that reflects in the carving of its stones the pioneering contacts of Europe with Morocco and with other peoples and cultures with which we share a long historical path. We hope that this exhibition will contribute to a new inter-relational view that will enable dialogue to be broadened and our mutual understanding deepened.

Jéronimos Monastery in Lisbon
Refectory Hall
From Tuesday 16 September to Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Daily except Mondays
Opening hours: 10h00 am to 5.30 pm. Last admission at 5 pm.