Exhibition preview: Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art, Tate Modern, London, until September 22 2013
In 1997, sensing a lack of African art in Europe, Benin artist Meschac Gaba began working on the Museum of Contemporary African Art during a residency in Amsterdam.
© Meschac Gaba. Photo: Nils Klinger
Its latest incarnation is an immersive 12-room installation which took five years to complete. Inside, in various objects and spaces emphasising audience interactivity, the concept of a museum and public perceptions of African art are teased out, marking the first time it’s been fully seen in Britain and Tate’s acquisition of the work.
Book reading and tarot-reading feature. A restaurant will provide meals cooked by invited artists. And the Marriage Room, which contains the dress Gaba’s wife wore during their vows at the Stedelijk Museum, tells part of the artist’s story away from the development of the project.
- Open 10am-6pm (10pm Friday and Saturday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @Tate.
© Meschac Gaba
© Meschac Gaba Centro