Meschac Gaba was born in 1961 in Cotonou, Benin. He currently lives and works in Rotterdam. In 1996 and 1997 he was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam where he worked on his work Museum of Contemporary Art, consisting of a number of rooms, just like a real museum. The entire work was bought and displayed by the Tate Modern London in 2013 and shown in Berlin in 2014. Other exhibitions with his work have taken place at the 50th Venice Biennial in 2003 and in Museum de Paviljoens in Almere in 2009.