From March 2nd to July 7th, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech will host "Cactus," an exhibition co-curated by Marc Jeanson, a botanist from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, and Laurent Le Bon, President of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Artist Yannick Vu, co-founder of the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum, will exhibit "Cactus en Fruit," a 1983 oil on canvas work inspired by this curious plant.

Cacti have been objects of fascination for over five centuries in Europe. Spontaneously present in arid areas of our planet, they constitute a subject of study to understand the progressive diffusion of the exuberance of tropical flowers in the West through expeditions, explorations, and the explosion of horticulture in the 19th century.

As works of art, these plants are collected and are the origin of notable gardens such as the Cacti garden of Creismeas in Brittany, the Cactus Garden of César Manrique in Lanzarote, or the collection of the Huntington Gardens in San Marino near Los Angeles.

On the island of Mallorca, specifically in Las Salinas, there are two enormous cactus gardens, the Botanicactus, covering 150,000 m², and another impressive collection of cacti, possibly one of the most complete in the world, belonging to the Juan March Foundation.

The distinctive aesthetic of cacti has fascinated many artists and has traversed the history of graphic arts, including photography and painting. Artists such as Picasso, Scholz, Atget, Man Ray, Renger-Patzsch, or Wolfgang Tillmans have made these plants subjects of preference.

"Cactus" is an exhibition of these plant species and aims to showcase the extraordinary diversity of cacti and succulent plants through a wide variety of artistic expressions in dialogue.

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