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Meschac Gaba

Beninese, b. 1961

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Meschac Gaba

Beninese, b. 1961

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Beninese conceptual artist Meschac Gaba explores themes of globalization, consumerism, and the Western museum through acts of artistic appropriation. Gaba first emerged on the international art scene with his 12-part project The Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997–2002), which concluded at Documenta XI. His nomadic museum comprised 12 rooms—including the Wedding Room, Library, Game Room, and the Salon—that were exhibited separately in several countries. The “museum” set forth a sort of living biography of the artist (Gaba was actually married in the Wedding Room in 2000), as well as positing a biting critique of the power of Western cultural conventions. In more recent work, Gaba has created objects and sculptures from braided hair extensions that are popular with African-Americans and the diaspora. The extensions, which originated in West Africa, form models of the World Financial Center, the Guggenheim—rendered all in black—and other buildings, and vehicles from the United States and Benin.

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Tate Modern, and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Biography

Beninese conceptual artist Meschac Gaba explores themes of globalization, consumerism, and the Western museum through acts of artistic appropriation. Gaba first emerged on the international art scene with his 12-part project The Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997–2002), which concluded at Documenta XI. His nomadic museum comprised 12 rooms—including the Wedding Room, Library, Game Room, and the Salon—that were exhibited separately in several countries. The “museum” set forth a sort of living biography of the artist (Gaba was actually married in the Wedding Room in 2000), as well as positing a biting critique of the power of Western cultural conventions. In more recent work, Gaba has created objects and sculptures from braided hair extensions that are popular with African-Americans and the diaspora. The extensions, which originated in West Africa, form models of the World Financial Center, the Guggenheim—rendered all in black—and other buildings, and vehicles from the United States and Benin.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtReview, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Articles Featuring Meschac Gaba
The Buzz Around Contemporary African Art: 10 Trending Artists at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Oct 12th, 2014
The Buzz Around Contemporary African Art: 10 Trending Artists at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
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