Do Mu­se­ums Mat­ter?


Chal­leng­ing Western artis­tic val­ues is the first of sev­eral planned col­lab­o­ra­tions between the Deutsche Bank Kun­stHalle (p. 47) and Lon­don’s Tate Mod­ern, aimed at show­cas­ing per­spec­tives from out­side Europe and Amer­ica. The ex­hi­bi­tion: The Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary African Art. The artist: Meschac Gaba, who splits his time between his birth­place of Cotonou, Benin and Rot­ter­dam. Gaba’s work is im­mer­sive, self-re­flex­ive, and fills sev­eral rooms, ul­ti­mately both of­fer­ing rarely ac­knowl­edged African artists a place in the spot­light as well as ques­tion­ing the ac­cepted im­por­tance of that spot­light in the first place. Opens 20 Septem­ber as part of Ber­lin Art Week.

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