Morocco / Casablanca
Paintings, photography, video, sculptures
The collection of the Attijariwafa Bank Group is the result of the merger of the Art Collections of the former BCM and the former Wafabank after the merger of the two banks. They both emerged in the mid '70s under the passioned impulse of the past presidents.
The Attijariwafa bank collection is a panorama of the pictorial creation of Morocco from the beginning of the 20th century to the 2000s, with historical depth, diversity of trends and generations. It comprises works by major artists and is focused on Abstract Expressionism from the 1950s and abstract painters from the 1970s-1990s. Moroccan artists constitute the majority of the collection but there are also Orientalist paintings by French artists. Since the bank’s development in Africa, works by emerging artists from the African continent and diaspora, who have been discovered during the Dakar Biennale, have been acquired.
There are nearly 2,000 paintings and multiples by artists including internationally renowned artists such as Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Jilali Gharbaoui, Mohamed Chebâa, Mohamed Melehi and Chaïbia Tallal, and contemporary artists such as Amina Benbouchta, Meryem El Alj, Hicham Benohoud, Michèle Magema and Saïdou Dicko. The collection stands out by monumental pieces made by artists like Farid Belkahia Hassan El Glaoui, Rabi.
Attijariwafa bank plans to continue its support of contemporary artists through annual exhibitions, commissions and productions.
Status of collection:
- Farid Belkahia (1934 - 2014), a monumental ensemble on lamb skin, commissioned in 1981 for the a meeting room in the headquarters in Casablanca
- Mohamed Melehi, a 180 x 600 cm laquer on wood, commissioned around 1990
- Abdelkébir Rabi (1944 - ), 210 x 440 cm oil on canvas painting commissioned offices area during the renovation of the head offices areas in 2007 in Casablanca and others in the main comercial agencies of the group
- Mehdi Qotbi (around 1958 - ), a 180 x 350 cm painted work, commissioned in 2007 after the renovation of the head offices areas in Casablanca
1904 for Banque Commerciale du Maroc and 1911 for Compagnie Algérienne de Crédit et de Banque. The present name was established un 2003 after the merger of the two companies.
Profile of the company:
8,4 million clients
3972 banking agencies
Countries : Morocco, Tunisia, Sénégal, Burkina-Faso, Guinée Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Congo, Gabon, Cameroun, Togo, Niger, Belgium, France, Germany, The Nederlands, Italy, Spain.
Comercial reprensentations : Dubaï, Riyadh, London, Shanghaï, Tripoli.
Last merger : Barclay Egypt who has become Attijariwafa bank Egypt.
Number of employees:
17 696 employees