Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Algiers, Algeria 

The opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Algiers (MAMA) in December 2007, in addition to the fact that its arrival enriches the cultural landscape, raised a number of questions within the Algerian art scene, a few of which permitted a rethinking of the very conception of the museum in countries like Algeria.

Its opening provided an occasion to foreground questions of the museum’s role in our society as well as its contemporary place in the city. Too easily considered a space for storing or exhibiting artworks, today’s museum in fact plays a primary role at the heart of the cultural landscape; with its social, economic, and symbolic roles, it becomes a flagship for a city’s development and for its future.

It is perhaps in this spirit that the museum’s creation was envisioned at the center of the capital in the former space of the Galeries Algériennes and the Galeries de France, in a building that dates to the beginning of the last century and, more precisely, to 1909.

Epic Algeria Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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