When you want to build a museum, you need the building, you need an architect. I’ve been my own architect but I invite the public to build it with me.
Immerse yourself in Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997–2002, a 12-room installation which reflects on the nature of the museum and blurs the boundaries between art and the everyday.
Constructed over a five year period this multi-layered, humorous and questioning work contains a vast array of made and found objects from paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos to musical instruments, religious objects and shredded banknotes, all carefully arranged in the style of a West African market.
Explore the 12 rooms and discover the different aspects of what Gaba believes to be a core part of the museum experience. Some of the sections, such as the Museum Shop, Library and Restaurant represent familiar concepts, even if the way they are realised is unfamiliar. Other sections such as the Marriage Room, Game Room and Salon offer visitors alternative environments for research, play, reflection and social interaction.
The inclusion of several rooms from the Museum of Contemporary African Art in Documenta XI in 2002 cemented Gaba’s reputation as one of the most important African artists working today.
This free exhibition marks Tate’s acquisition of the Museum of Contemporary African Art and will be the first time it is shown in its entirety in the UK.