King of Spain Gives Moroccos Mehdi Qotbi the Commanders Cross

By Intissar FouziRabat – The Spanish king will give the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to Mehdi Qotbi, President of Morocco’s National Museum Foundation (FNM), on Wednesday, June 27.The painter took to his Facebook account to express his gratitude to the Spanish King Felipe VI. “This distinction of His Majesty Felipe VI, is an honor and a wonderful encouragement for the work performed by the FNM.” “I feel this as an honor and a wonderful encouragement to continue this path of development and culture through very large exhibitions that put art in the reach of every Moroccan,” Qotbi said in a meeting at the Elysee Palace.Since the inauguration of the Mohammed VI Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014,  Mehdi Qotbi, the director of the museum and the president of the FNM, has set up numerous visiting exhibitions to introduce the Moroccan public to the work of major international artists.Last year, the museum boasted an “Africa in the Capital” exhibit, while later this year, it will feature the works of Francisco Goya and other contemporary Spanish artists from October 31 to February 4, 2019.Mehdi Qotbi is a  symbol of culture today in Morocco. At the same time, he continues to address new topics in the country’s art. read more