Meschac
Gaba

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view - oN/oFF, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2016
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view - Meschac Gaba, Musee National de l Histoire de l immigration, Paris, France, till 19/09/15
Unique artwork
© Rebecca Fanuele
Courtesy l 'Artiste & Galerie in situ - Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view - Meschac Gaba, Musee National de l Histoire de l immigration, Paris, France, till 19/09/15

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view - Meschac Gaba, Musee National de l Histoire de l immigration, Paris, France, till 19/09/15

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view - Meschac Gaba, Musee National de l Histoire de l immigration, Paris, France, till 19/09/15

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view - Meschac Gaba, Musee National de l Histoire de l immigration, Paris, France, till 19/09/15

Meschac Gaba
Globalloon, 2013
Ink on nylon
500 cm diametre
Edition of 3 ex + 1 AP

Meschac Gaba
Voyages Colis, 2013
Airport filled, five continents flags and fabric
195 x 115 x 190 cm
Unique artwork
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Voyages Colis exhibition view (Marseille La vieille Charité) 2013, 2013
Airport filled, five continents flags and fabric
195 x 115 x 190 cm
Unique artwork
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Exhibition view MAVA (Marseille La vieille Charité) 2013
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Voyage exhibition view (Marseille La Vieille Charité) 2013, 2012
Bois d'ébène blanc et drapeau
Edition of 3 ex

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Architecture & Car Tresses Procession Paris 23 oct 2013
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Diplomatique (Israël-Palestine), 2013
Wood, glass, Benin banknotes, textile flag
75 x 55 x 9 cm
Unique artwork
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Karlsruhe ZKM 2011
© Joe Miletzki et zkm Karlsruhe, Allemagne
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Bibliothèque Roulante - procession view Cotonou, 2012, 2012
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Bibliothèque Roulante, 2012
66 number plates, digital video, motorbike
Dimensions variable
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Diamants indigènes, 2009
Wooden and glass suitcase, watches and currency dots
51 x 65 x 7,5 cm
Unique artwork
© Sebastien Gracco de Lay
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART
TATE Modern
Exhibition views
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More
Exhibition view
Fridericianum KASSEL
Unique artwork
© Niels Klinger

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art & More

Meschac Gaba
Voyage (UK), 2012
White ebony wood and flag
75 x 110 x 40 cm
Edition of 3 ex

Meschac Gaba
Studio Museum Harlem, USA
TRESSES - Exhibition views
26 january - 27 March 2005
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Studio Museum Harlem, USA

Meschac Gaba
Studio Museum Harlem, USA

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Cotonou 17 dec 2010
Unique artwork
© Barnabe Koudedo

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Cotonou 17 dec 2010

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Cotonou 17 dec 2010

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Cotonou 17 dec 2010

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Cotonou 17 dec 2010

Meschac Gaba
MAVA-Musee d art / Procession view - Cotonou 17 dec 2010

Meschac Gaba
Fela Kuti (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
124 x 20 x 26 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage, Courtesy de l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris
Courtesy de l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Les frêres Wright (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial hair and coin
55 x 57 x 62 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage / Courtesy : l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris
Courtesy : l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Kwame N'Krumah (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
71 x 28 x 51 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage / Courtesy : l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris
Courtesy : l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Pythagore (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
98 x 37 x 42 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Jérome de Rhodes (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
78 x 25 x 42 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage / Courtesy : l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris
Courtesy : l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Garnett Morgan (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
105 x 27 x 18 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Jesus Christ (série perruque MAVA-Musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair and mannequin bust
65 x 37 x 38 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Pericles (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
93 x 49 x 30 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Martin Luther King (perruque MAVA-musée d'art de la vie active), 2010-2011
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
100 x 40 x 25 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Perruque architecture La Géode - Paris, 2006
Artificial braided hair and mannequin bust
30 x 40 x 42 cm
Unique artwork
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Perruque architecture Ivry, Rue Bertheau, 2006
Artificial braided hair and mannequin bust
87 x 27 x 29 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Perruque architecture - Sentech Tower (South Africa), 2006
Artificial braided hair and mannequin bust
95 x 30 x 30 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Perruque architecture Notre Dame de Paris, 2006
Artificial braided hair and mannequin bust
63 x 22 x 34 cm
Unique artwork
© Marc Domage
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Car Tresses Procession Cotonou 2008
© Meschac Gaba
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Car Tresses Exhibition view in situ galerie Paris 2012
© Marc Domage
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Car Tresses Exhibition view in situ galerie Paris 2012

Meschac Gaba
Car Tresses Exhibition view in situ galerie Paris 2012

Meschac Gaba
Car Tresses Exhibition view in situ galerie Paris 2012

Meschac Gaba
Jeep (Voiture- Car tresse Perruque), 2008
Artificial braided hair, shells and mannequin bust
70 x 50 x 33 cm
Unique artwork
© Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Fire Truck (Voiture-Car tresse Perruque), 2008
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
78 x 50 x 30 cm
Unique artwork
© Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Hawk (Voiture - Car tresse Perruque), 2008
Artificial braided hair, metal parts and mannequin bust
55 x 61 x 21 cm
Unique artwork
© Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc
l'artiste & Galerie In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Archeologie Contemporaine galerie in situ exhibition view 2012
© Marc Domage
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Archéologie contemporaine 2, 2003
Glass table, two resine ball, objects and interactive hardward installation
Exemplaire N° Pièce unique et pour le logiciel ed:2/2 +1EA

Meschac Gaba
Archéologie contemporaine 1, 2003
Glass table, two balls of resin and various objects and interactive software
116 x 107 x 196 cm
Exemplaire N° Pièce unique et pour le logiciel ed:1/2 +1EA
l'artiste & In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Archeologie Contemporaine galerie in situ - Exhibition view detail 2012
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Archeologie Contemporaine galerie in situ - Exhibition view detail 2012

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Archeologie Contemporaine galerie in situ - Exhibition view detail 2012

Meschac Gaba
Meschac Gaba Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou,2008 Galerie in-situ, Paris
© Marc Domage
Dots of currency CFA FRANCS and wooden frames (several diptych)
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (32), 2008
Frames, paper and currency CFA
25,5 x 25,5 cm & 16,5 x 16,5 cm
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (23), 2008
Frames, paper and currency CFA
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (23), 2008
Detail

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (23), 2008
Detail

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (26), 2008
Frames, paper and currency CFA
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (26), 2008
Detail

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (26), 2008
Detail

Meschac Gaba
Du mur à la toile-Couleurs de Cotonou (22), 2008
Frames, paper and currency CFA
Unique artwork

Meschac Gaba
Thrift store collection, 2006
Exhibition view
Fabric and coins
Unique artwork
l'artiste & In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Collection fripée / Thrift Store collection #1, 2006
Fabric and coins
92 x 83 cm
Unique artwork
l'artiste & In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Collection fripée / Thrift store collection #13, 2006
Fabric and coins
76 x 74 cm
Unique artwork
l'artiste & In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

Meschac Gaba
Collection fripée / Thrift store collection #3, 2006
coins and fabric
103 x 46 cm
Unique artwork
Meschac Gaba & Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc

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Meschac Gaba was born in 1961 in Cotonou, Benin. He studied at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 1996-7, and currently lives between Rotterdam and Cotonou

As if to question identity, the cultural difference and the postcolonial relations, the work of Meschac Gaba ranges from painting to sculpture, the structure, the recycled object or the model of cities made out of artificial braided hair.

Solo exhibitions

2016
Bank or economy, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
Architectures Sculptures, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, Le Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France

2014
Citoyen du Monde, Socrates Sculpture Park Broadway Billboard,Long Island New York
Meschac Gaba : Exchange Market, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary African Art, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany

2013
Pérégrination(s), commissaire Pascal Neveux, La vieille Charité, Marseille
Le Monde, Stevenson, Le Cap, Afrique du Sud
Museum of Contemporary African Art, TATE Modern, Londres, UK

2012  
Perruques voitures & Archéologie contemporaine, Galerie in situ Fabienne Leclerc , Paris

2011
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Souvenir Palace

2010
City of Cotonou and Financial Banque, Cotonou, MAVA Cotonou: Musée de l’Art de la Vie Active (performance parade and exhibition of the Perruques Historiques) et Horloges des Independants
Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderne, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
 
2009
Gallery Michael Stevenson, Capetown, South African, Meschac Gaba. The Street – Car Tresses – Couleurs de Cotonou
Meschac Gaba. Museum of Contemporary African Art & More (travelling solo exhibition) –Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China – Meschac Gaba: Sweetness
Meschac Gaba. Museum of Contemporary African Art & More Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, the Netherlands

2008
solo performance on different locations in the city of Cotonou: Parade Perruques Voitures à Cotonou - Cotonou, Benin
Meschac Gaba: Trace, Couleur Locale du mur à la toile – Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Glück – Welches Glück (Gaba was artistic director of this exhibition) Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
Meschac Gaba. Couleurs de Cotonou du mur à la toile Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou, Benin

2007
Tresses: Meschac Gaba Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Meschac Gaba: Tresses + other recent projects Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Meschac Gaba. Sweetness Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

2006
Tresses: Meschac Gaba, (street) performance inIVA, London, United Kingdom
Défilé de perruques, (street) performance Paris, France
Meschac Gaba. Glue Me Peace, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

2005
Museum of Contemporary African Art - Library of the Museum BiblioNova, Geleen, Netherlands
Glue Me Peace Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Le Pain Migrateur. Meschac Gaba Artra Gallery, Milano, Italy
Meschac Gaba: Tresses The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA
Peace Maker. Meschac Gaba Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004
Meschac Gaba. - Peace Maker  Ernest G. Welch School of Arts & Design, Gallery of the Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2003
Atlantique. Meschac Gaba Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2002
Museum of Contemporary African Art - Library of the Museum Falaki Gallery, American University of Cairo, Egypt
Museum of Contemporary African Art - Museum Shop for Sale and Museum Living Room for Sale Artra Gallery, Milan and Genova, Italy
Museum of Contemporary African Art - Le Discothèque du Musée SBK Tramremise (Stichting Beeldende Kunst), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary African Art - Le Salon du Musée Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2001
Museum of Contemporary African Art - Marriage Room: Meschac Gaba INOVA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art - Library of the Museum
Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, Der Inforaum /The Info-room. Meschac Gaba

2000
S.M.A.K. Gent, Belgium, Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art: Salle de Jeux
Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Game Room
Galerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany, Spielregeln/ Rules of the Game. Meschac Gaba

1999
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Summer Collection
Le Pavé Dans La Mare, Besançon, France, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Salle de Jeux
W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Museum Restaurant
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vente en gros et detaille
 
1999
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Summer Collection
Le Pavé Dans La Mare, Besançon, France, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Salle de Jeux
W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Museum Restaurant
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vente en gros et detaille

1998
Praterinsel, Munich, Germany, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
Gate Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary African Art: Architecture of the Museum
SBK knsm-eiland, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Meschac Gaba

1997
Rijksmuseum Het Koninklijk Penningkabinet, Leiden, Netherlands, Moneta Exotica. Oorspronkelijk geld uit de hele wereld - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Bazar Bizar

1995
Palace of the President of Bénin, Cotonou, Benin, art festival Pour la Francophonie

1993
Galerie Ife, Dakar, Senegal, Biennale de Dakar

1991
Centre Culturelle Français de Cotonou, Bénin, Meschac Gaba
 
Duo show

2010
CeSAC Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy, Meschac Gaba – Perruques Architecture & Tania Bruguera – Poetic Justice

2006
Galerie Fernand Leger, Ivry, Paris, France, Meschac Gaba / Hermann Pitz -  Tresses

2001
Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ensemble: Michel François & Meschac Gaba
 
Group exhibitions

2018
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New-Mexico
 
2017
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
En marge, Galerie In Situ-Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France

2016
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB Barcelona, Barcelone, Spain
ON/OFF, Espace prospectif, galerie 0, curatrice Alicia Knock, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum of Contemporary African Art [selections], Tate Switch House, London, UK
Afrika 010, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
We Call It Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

2015
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
In We trust: Are and Money, Musée d’Art Colombus, USA
ATOPOLIS: Curator Dirk Snauwaert, Wiels at mons2015, Belgium
Liberated Subjects : Present Tense, Fondation De 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
Global Imaginations, Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, the Netherlands
Salon Style, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

2014
Museum de Lakenhal, Global Imaginations, Leiden, Pays- Bas
The Value of Nothing, Tent Rotterdam, Pays Bas
Biennale de Busan, Corée du Sud
Biennale de Cafa ARt Museum, Pekin , Chine

2013
When attitudes became form become attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA
Utopia starts small, 12th Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial 2013, Fellbach, Germany

2012
Liebe tond und teufel, Von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal, Allemagne
When attitudes became form become attitudes, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA
Biennale du Benin
Through an open window (Collection Rabobank), Institut Néerlandais, Paris (13/09-04/11/12)
When attitudes became form become attitudes, CCA Wattis institute, San Francisco CA, USA
Triennal , Palais de Tokyo, Paris (curator Okwui Enwezor)

2011
Global contemporary, Art Worlds after 1989,Museum of contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Allemgane
Science Museum of Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico, (Re-) Cycles of Paradise, Pollution Business
Castle Oud-Rekem, Belgium, Tijdelijk Verblijf – Safety Rat

2010
Liverpool Biennial, Souvenir Palace
IIIème Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres Modernité + Résistances / Aux Souffles du Monde, Dakar, Senegal, Perruques Voitures

2009
GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy, Esposizione Universale
Kunstuitleen Den Helder, Licht aan Zee AA, Diplomatique – Couleurs Locales
Cape 09, Capetown, South Africa (performance and installation) – Ambulant

2008
World Bank (World Bank Art Program), Washington DC, United States of America, Africa Now! Emerging talents from a continent on the move - Tresses
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands, Carried Away. Procession in Art - Tresses
Galleria Continua/Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France, Résilience - Tresses
AFoundation, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Port City: On Mobility and Change - Sweetness
oK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria, Biennale Cuvée - Sweetness
 
2007
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom, Port City: On Mobility and Change - Sweetness
Arnolfini Contemporary Art Center, Bristol, United Kingdom, Port City: On Mobility and Change - Sweetness
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa Remix - Boulangerie Africaine
Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, USA, Keep the Change - Tresses

2006
Sao Paolo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil, How to Live Together - Sweetness and Museum Shop
6th  Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, Fever Variations - Tresses
Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia, Contact Zones - La Maison
Fort op de Ruigenhoeksedijk, Utrecht, Netherlands, second edition of De Kleine Biënnale (Biennial for children) - Qui Veut Cajoux, Je Veux Cajoux
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Afrika Remix - Boulangerie Africaine
Havana, Cuba, Biennale of Havana - Tresses
W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Global Tour - Tresses
Musée Dar Si Saïd, Marrakech, Morocco, Respect! Formes de cohabitation - Peace Maker

2005
GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy, War is over 1945 – 2005 La Libertà dellarte da Picasso a Warhol a Cattelan.
City of Munich, Art Circolo Kunstprojekt, Munich, Germany, Overtures - on Water - Water Village
City of Zurich, Switzerland: proposal competition project Trace of a Structure of Ideas: Archaeology of a Utopia in the Hardau - proposal Embassy
Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Africa Remix - Boulangerie Africaine
Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, Identità & Nomadismo
Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France, Africa Remix - Boulangerie Africaine
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA, Monuments for the USA - Peace Mountain
La Triennale di Milano, Italy, Dressing Ourselves curated by Alessandro Guerriero - Meschac Gaba

2004
Museum of World Cultures, Göteborg, Sweden, Horizons. Voices from a Global Africa - Rules of the Game
Art and Gallery, Milano, Italy, Economies
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery of the Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Strange Planet - Peace Maker and Thrift Store Collection
Miller Gallery of the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, The Fiction of Authenticity - Contemporary Archeology
Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands, Lustwarance 04, City Park project - Monument for the anonym artist and the anonym visitor
Kunstpalast, Dusseldor, Germany, Africa Remix - Boulangerie Africaine
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, USA, Visa For Thirteen, International Studio Program exhibition - Peace Maker
Le Tri Postal, Lille/Cultural Capital of Europe, Lille, France, Les Afriques - Poulet Morgue
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, We Are The World / Rotterdam Edition of Dutch Pavillion at Venice Biennale - Ginger Bar
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, USA, Open Studios - Tresses

2003
Forum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Fiction of Authenticity - Contemporary Archeology
Amsterdamse Duinwaterleidingen, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Water - Water Village
Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, United States, Exhibition of Exhibitions - Democracy Game
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, Dutch Pavillion, We Are The World - Ginger Bar
De Markten, Brussels, Belgium, Plasticiens en Mouvement / Kunstenaars in Beweging - Origine du Monde

2002
Kunstverein Ulm, Germany, Artists’ Games, Public’s Games
Kassel, Germany, Dokumenta11 - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Library of the Museum, Museum Shop and Humanist Space
Schweizerische Nationalbank, Biel, Switzerland, Geld und Wert / Das letzte Tabu (curated by Harald Szeemann) - Museum Shop
 
2001
Helsinki, Finland, Democracy Game
Art /32/ Basel,Switserland, International Art Fair - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Museum Shop
Sonsbeek 2001 (9), Arnhem, Netherlands, Locus/Focus - Palace of Eternity
Kunsthalle Tirol, Hall in Tirol, Austria, Geldlust: ModellBanking - Money Tree
City Hall Amsterdam, Netherlands, design proposal for National Slavery Monument - Slave Route
Cimaise & Portique centre departmental d’art contemporain, Albi, France, Réalité Revisitée: Expérimenter le Réel - Atlantique
Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, Mirror’s Edge - Museum of Contemporary African Art:
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands, Red Ribbon Art - Money Box

2000
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, Mirror’s Edge - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Architecture of the Museum
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, For Real - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Marriage Room
Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, Taipei Biennale, The Sky is the Limit - Meschac Gaba Made in Taiwan
Paris Musées/Revue des Beaux Arts, Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France, L’Art dans le Monde - Pain et Marteaux
Norwich Gallery, Norwich, United Kingdom, East/International - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Play-use - Game Room
Cittadellarte/Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy, A Casa Di - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Art and Religion Room
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands, Continental Shift. A voyage between cultures - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Le Discothèque du Musée
ARCO, Art fair, Madrid, Spain, Dialogues - Museum Shop - Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam
Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Worthless (invaluable). The concept of value in contemporary art - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, NoTitle
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Mirror’s Edge - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Architecture of the Museum
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Chess Game - Museum of Contemporary African Art: (part of) Game Room - Galerie Gebauer, Berlin

1999
Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, Mirror’s Edge - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Architecture of the Museum
National Museum of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, South Meets West - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Museum Shop
De Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, Netherlands, Waardige Zaken. Wonderkamers - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Summer Collection
Le Pavé Dans La Mare, Besançon, France, Casino
NICC and MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium, TroubleSpot.Painting - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
S.M.A.K. extra muros, Ghent, Belgium, Trafique - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Museum Shop
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, National Museum Weekend - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Architecture of the Museum
De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Unlimited.nl-2 - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Architecture of the Museum

1998
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Copy Culture. 40 Jaar Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier
Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Meeting Point
NICC, Antwerp, Belgium, curated by Michel François

1997
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Open Ateliers - Museum of Contemporary African Art: Draft Room
De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Blueprint
Virtual exhibition at africaserver.nl/virtual/exhibitions/gaba
 
1996
Rasa Foundation, Utrecht, Netherlands
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Open Ateliers

1995
Lome, Togo - Ewole
German Embassy, Cotonou, Bénin

1994
Libreville, Gabon, on the occasion of the top Africa/America
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Biennale d’Abidjan
Centre Culturelle Chinois, Cotonou, Bénin
Galerie GO, Cotonou, Bénin

1993
Centre Culturelle Americain, Cotonou, Bénin

1992
Halle des Sports, Cotonou, Bénin, Arts sur 7. S.O.S. Artistes
Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris, France

Bibliographies

Monographies

2010
Meschac Gaba, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Museum De Paviljoens, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

2005
Meschac Gaba: Tresse, The Studio Museum, New York (United States)

2001
Library of the Museum / Bibliothèque du Musée, Vol. 1, Museum of Contemporary African Art, Artimo Foundation, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
 
Essays

2001
Alexandra van Dongen and Meschac Gaba, ‘Habitación de Matrimonio / Marriage Room’, Atlantica, no. 30, October.

Exhibition catalogs, art books, DVD's

2007
Meschac Gaba, Tresses + other recent projects, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006
How To Live Together, 27th Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fever Variations, 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Zones of contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2005
Lorenzo Fusi, Identità & Nomadismo, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Silvana Editoriale Spa, Milan, Italy, 2005
Ralph Rugoff, Monuments for the USA, California College of the Arts/Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA, 2005
Jaap Bremer, Marieke van Schijndel, Unlocked # 2. Rabo kunstcollectie / art collection, Rabobank Nederland, Amsterdam, 2005
Expérimenter le reel/réalité revisitée, Albi, France

2004
Intruders. Reflections on Art and the Ethnological Museum, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands
Strange Planet, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery, Georgia State University & Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 2004
Visa for Thirteen, PS1 International Studio Program Exhibition, PS1/MoMa Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, United States
Op Hoogte Gedacht. Beeldende Kunst op Groninger Kerkhoven, Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken, Groningen, Netherlands

2003
Water, Amsterdamse Duinwaterleidingen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
We Are The World/Dutch Pavillion Venice Biennale, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2002
Le Salon du Musée, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2001
Locus/Focus, Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, Netherlands
 
2000
For Real. Een voorstel tot Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen / A Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions, 1999/2000, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Sky is the Limit, Taipei Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan
East/International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, United Kingdom
L’Art dans le Monde, Paris Musées/Revue des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
Continental Shift. A Voyage between Cultures, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands - Music Room
‘Perché? (belongs to the future). Because art doesn’t change the world, it shapes the world’,
Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, no. 1, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Rome, Italy

1999
Trafique, S.M.A.K extra muros, Ghent, Belgium
Waardige Zaken. 14 Wonderkamers in Noord-Holland van beeldende kunstenaars, De Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, Netherlands
Mirror’s Edge, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
South Meets West, National Museum of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, i.c.w. Kunsthalle/Historische Museum, Bern, Switzerland
Unlimited.nl-2, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TroubleSpot.Painting, NICC and MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium

1998
Copy Culture. 40 Jaar Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1997
Moneta Exotica. Oorspronkelijk geld uit de hele wereld, Rijksmuseum Het Koninklijk Penningkabinet, Leiden, Netherlands
Blueprint (Hong Kong Project), De Appel

Education

1996-1997
Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

1981-1985
Student at the artist studio of Zossou Gratien, Cotonou, Benin

Artist's residencies

2006
Recife, Brazil, in preparation of the Biennale de Sao Paulo

2005
Couvent des Récollets, Paris, France

2003-2004
P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA

Awards

2002
Will Grohmann Preis 2002 - Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
AICA Award 2002 - International Association of Art Critiques, Netherlands

1999
Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA
Studio Museum Harlem, NYC, USA
CNAP National collection, France
FRAC Basse Normandie, France
FRAC Réunion France
TATE Modern, London, UK
Musee de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris, France

  • LE MONDE
    LE MONDE

    STEVENSON, July 2013

  • Meschac Gaba - Museum of contemporary african art
    Meschac Gaba - Museum of contemporary african art

    Tate publishing, July 2013

  • The street
    The street

    Michael Stevenson, October 2009

  • MESCHAC GABA - Tresses+other recent projects
    MESCHAC GABA - Tresses+other recent projects

    Michael Stevenson and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, January 2007

  • TRESSES
    TRESSES

    The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, January 2005

  • Meschac Gaba - Library of the museum
    Meschac Gaba - Library of the museum

    Museum of contemporary african art,