Meschac Gaba brings Museum of Contemporary African Art to Tate Modern

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 July 2013

Exhibition preview: Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art, Tate Modern, London, until September 22 2013

A photo of a room full of flowers, furniture and more
Museum of Contemporary African Art (Salon) (1997-2002). Kunsthalle Fridericianum© Meschac Gaba. Photo: Nils Klinger
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.

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.

More pictures:

A photo of a wooden case with coins and monetary notes on top of it
Centro Atlantiko de Arte Moderno© Meschac Gaba
A photo of a room lined with wooden shelves with various objects on them
Atlantiko de Arte Moderno© Meschac Gaba Centro
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