Meschac Gaba and The Museum of Contemporary African Art

Meschac Gaba was born in Cotonou, Benin in 1961. He lives between Netherlands, where he studied and Benin. From 1996 to 1997 he studied at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.Meschac Gaba works with installation, like his 12 rooms. It was at the Rijksmuseum, Leiden (Netherlands), in 1997 that Gaba inaugurated his major work, the Museum of Contemporary African Art, a project in which the artist installed 12 ‘rooms’ of a nomadic museum in various institutions.

GABA1

Museum Restaurant From Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997 – 2002

GABA2

Game Room (detail) From Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997 – 2002

I needed a space for my work, because this did not exist” with these words the artist describes his Museum of Contemporary African Art. The visitors actively partecipate with the rooms and with the objects inside, like in the ‘Game Room’ in which the visitors’re invited to play with the puzzle inside. The game is ever present in each room. Gaba’s museum is not a traditional museum, he creates an alternative space in which the visitor is the protagonist with the objects. We remember also the “Museum Restaurant” (1999) or the “Music Room” (1997-2002). The Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997-2002) was acquired by Tate and exhibited at Tate Modern, London, in 2013.

GABA3

Music Room (detail) From Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997 – 2002

GABA4

Architecture Room, 2013

GABA5

Draft Room From Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997 – 2002

Meschac Gaba’s global flag, Citoyen du Monde, is the Socrates Sculpture Park’s spring Broadway Billboard, on view in Long Island City, Queens, from 11 May to 3 August. He is included on The Theatre of the World at Museo Tamayo, Mexico (12 June – 31 December). Meschac Gaba is represented by Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg.

For more info:

http://www.stevenson.info/artists/gaba.html

http://www.museumofcontemporaryafricanart.com/entree.html

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/meschac-gaba-museum-contemporary-african-art

Pinterest: http://it.pinterest.com/AfricanArtNow/meschac-gaba/

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s