MESCHAC GABA - Museum Of Contemporary African Art

MESCHAC GABA - Museum Of Contemporary African Art

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Born in Cotonou, Benin in 1961, Meschac Gaba moved to the Netherlands in 1996 to take up a residency at the Rijksakademie. It was there that he conceived Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997–2002, an ambitious work, that took him five years to complete and that cemented his reputation as one of the most important artists working today. 

Consisting of twelve sections – Draft Room, Architecture, Museum Shop, Summer Collection, Games Room, Art and Religion, Museum Restaurant, Music Room, Marriage Room, Library, Salon and Humanist Space – this work challenges preconceived notions of what African art is and provides a new discursive space for social and cultural interaction, critiquing the museum’s value both as as an institution, and as a symbol of cultural capital.