Meschac Gaba

© Meschac Gaba, Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg
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Meschac Gaba was born in 1961 in Cotonou, Benin. He studied at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 1996-7, and currently lives in Rotterdam. It was at the Rijksmuseum, Leiden, in 1997 that Gaba inaugurated his major work, the Museum of Contemporary African Art, a project in which the artist installed 12 ‘rooms’ of a nomadic museum in various institutions over a period of five years, culminating with his presentation of a ‘Humanist Space’ at documenta 11. Other ‘rooms’ include the Museum Restaurant (shown at W139, Amsterdam, in 1999), the Games Room (shown in Besançon in 1999 and in Brussels and Gent in 2000), the Library of the Museum (shown at Witte de With, Rotterdam and published in book form in 2001), and the Salon (shown at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2002). Gaba’s survey exhibition Museum for Contemporary African Art & More showed at the Museum de Paviljoens in Almere, the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, and the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas in 2009/10. His Tresses series has showed at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) in London (2006) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005). Other solo shows include Glue Me Peace at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo (2006), and Tate Modern, London (2005).




Afrika 010, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands



Meschac Gaba: Exchange Market, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Citoyen du Monde, Socrates Sculpture Park Broadway Billboard, Long Island City, New York
Meschac Gaba: The Museum of Contemporary African Art, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany



Meschac Gaba: exposition personelle, Vieile Charite, Marseille, France
Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997- 2002, Tate Modern, London, England
Meschac Gaba: Le Monde, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa


Perruques Voitures & Archéologie contemporain, Galerie In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France


Perruques-Architecture, CeSAC Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, il Filatoio di Caraglio, Caraglio, Italy


Museum for Contemporary African Art & More, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands


Tresses, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa


Défilé de perruques (wig parade, street performance), Paris, France
Glue Me Peace, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway


Meschac Gaba: Tresses, The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA


Peace Maker, Ernest G. Welch School of Arts & Design, Gallery of the Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA


Le Salon du Musée – Museum of Contemporary African Art, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Meschac Gaba: Salle de Jeux – Museum of Contemporary African Art, S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst) Gent, Belgium
Spielregeln / Rules of the Game, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany


Architecture of the Museum – Museum of Contemporary African Art, Gate Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Bazar Bizar, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Biennale de Dakar, Galerie Ife, Dakar, Senegal


Meschac Gaba, Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou, Benin




Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao,Bilbao, Spain



Salon Style, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Making Africa: AContinent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum,Weil am Rhein, Germany

Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA Atopolis, Manège de Sury, Mons, Belgium



n _ We Trust: Art and Money, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
How Far How Near, Stedelijk Musueum, Amsterdam, Netherland
The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture, The 2nd CAFAM Biennale, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
between the lines, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
El Teatro del Mundo (The Theatre of the World), curated by Andrea Torreblanca, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico



Geestverwanten (Kindred Spirits), Rabo Art Collection, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Station to Station, public art project organized by Doug Aitken, traveling from train from New York City, NY to San Francisco, CA


Biennale Bénin 2012 – Inventing the Word: The Artist as Citizen, Cotonou, Benin
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes: A Restoration / A Remake / A Rejuvenation / A Rebellion, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA (2013)
La Triennale 2012 – Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


The Global Contemporary: Art worlds after 1989, ZKM Center for Art and Media Technology Karlsruhe, Germany
Geography of Somewhere, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa


The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA


Esposizione Universale, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy


Africa Remix, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Respect! Formes de cohabitation: Peace Maker, Musée Dar Si Saïd, Marrakech, Morocco


Trace of a Structure of Ideas: Archaeology of a Utopia in the Hardau, Zurich, Switzerland: Embassy, competition project proposal
Africa Remix: Boulangerie Africaine, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


Contemporary Archeology: The Fiction of Authenticity, Miller Gallery of the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA


Democracy Game, Exhibition of Exhibitions, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, USA


Library of the Museum, Museum Shop and Humanist Space, documenta 11, Kassel, Germany


Democracy Game, Helsinki, Finland


Continental Shift. A voyage between cultures: Le Discothèque du Musée – Museum of Contemporary African Art, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
The sky is the limit, Meschac Gaba Made in Taiwan, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Biennale, Taiwan


South Meets West: Museum Shop – Museum of Contemporary African Art, National Museum of Ghana, Accra


Copy Culture. 40 Jaar Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Virtual exhibition at


Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Ewole, Lomé, Togo


Biennale d’Abidjan 1994, Abidjan, Republic Côte d’Ivoire


American Cultural Center, Cotonou, Benin


Arts sur 7. S.O.S. Artistes, Halle des Sports, Cotonou, Benin