The Tate acquires African art

In November 2012, the Tate, London, announced its new acquisitions of modern and contemporary African art, including ‘a seminal work in the recent history of African art’, Meschac Gaba‘s Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997-2002). The work will be displayed at Tate Modern in 2013. The Library of the Museum has been donated by Gaba to the city of Cotonou as part of his project Musée de l’Art de la Vie Active (MAVA). Gaba’s Bibliothèque d’Art Contemporain, which also hosts artists’ residencies, opens to the public on 15 February. Gaba is included on When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes: A Restoration/A Remake/A Rejuvenation/A Rebellion, curated by Jens Hoffman, travelliing to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (1 February – 31 March 2013).

Related press:
‘Why Tate’s showcase of African art is a good thing’ (The Guardian, 26 November 2012)
‘Tate Announces New Acquisitions Of Contemporary African Art’ (Artlyst, 1 November 2012)
Artforum Critic’s Pick (February 2013)