Exhibition of 8 contemporary artists of Moroccan and Turkish origin

Grand Curtius

Eight contemporary artists of Moroccan and Turkish origin are exhibiting at the Grand Curtius as part of the 60th anniversary of Moroccan and Turkish immigration. Between tradition and modernity, these artists offer us a different perspective on the world. 

On February 17, 1964, Belgium signed a labor agreement with Morocco concerning the employment of Moroccan workers in Belgium. A few months later, on July 16, it did the same with Turkey. At that time, Belgium was experiencing a labor shortage, while Morocco and Turkey were facing significant unemployment. The aim of these agreements was to attract Moroccans and Turks to Belgian territory to work in the coal mines.

In 2024, the museums of the City of Liège commemorate the bilateral labor recruitment agreements between Belgium, Morocco, and Turkey. The intention is not to celebrate economic agreements but to honor the women and men who have lastingly shaped the demographic, economic, social, and cultural face of our city.

Celebrating this anniversary is a pretext to affirm the City's and its municipal practices' commitment to a logic of solidarity and hospitality.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of these agreements, the Grand Curtius invites you to discover eight contemporary artists of Moroccan and Turkish origin. This exhibition is part of the "Spring of Diversities" 2024, a panel of committed cultural events that highlight the diversity of our territory. (Find the complete program at the end of the article).

Artists Exhibited 


Nazife CAN

Nevzat COPUR

Seckin ERDEM

Khalil FADEL


Mikail KOCAK

Moustapha ZOUFRI

Practical Information

From March 21 to April 28, 2024

Free admission

Exhibition visual: Copyright: City of Liège - Grand Curtius