Roaming the streets of Cotonou : Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba. The name may ring a bell to African contemporary art-aficionados but if not we’re introducing you to his work. He is the architect of a masterpiece: The Museum Of Contemporary African Art, a nomadic exhibition throughout Europe.
The Benin-based artist was born in Cotonou in 1961 and went on to study in Amsterdam. There, he presented the very first piece of his “museum” : The Draft Room in 1997. Over the course of the years, Meschac Gaba has installed a total of twelve rooms, the latest being the Humanist Space in Documenta 11 in 2002. In an interview with Tate Modern London, he states that he is inspired by what he sees, feels and everyday life experiences.
Gaba’s museum is a space not only for the contemplation of objects, but for sociability, study and play in which the boundaries between everyday life and art, and observation and participation are blurred. – Kenny Greenberg, Tate Modern
A museum often represents a building, a place where art is stocked. With Meschac Gaba, every aspect of art is unconventional. The artist has exposed everywhere from the streets of his hometown Cotonou to the Palais De Tokyo in Paris.
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