THE WONDERS OF INUIT ART
If you can’t fly up North to admire all the beauties of Inuit art, come to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in the heart of the magnificent National Battlefields Park. It houses the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection, one of the most prestigious private collections in Canada, featuring 2,635 pieces including more than 2,100 sculptures.
The Interrelations exhibition features some twenty sculptures from the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection. These exceptional pieces were created by artists from Nunavik (Quebec’s Far North) and Nunavut (Canadian Far North) and testify to their remarkable observation skills and dexterity. Their intimate knowledge of their land, their ability to capture in stone, ivory or bone the spirit of a bear, migrating caribou or the transformation of a shaman, their respect for wildlife and the sea, sky and tundra – all these bonds tie the Inuit to their environment, traditional know-how and an ageless spirituality, expressed in these masterpieces.
If you’re visiting with children, they’re sure to be interested in the some thirty miniatures from the Brousseau Collection, showcased in a new family space at just the right height for them, in the Charles Baillairgé Pavilion. They’ll learn about some fascinating aspects of Inuit culture as they explore the three fun and interactive zones on the themes of the Inuit people, Animals of the North and Games. Kids will be intrigued by throat singing and enjoy the books of stories and legends. They’ll love learning how to make an inukshuk and playing games like dominoes and tops that Inuit children have enjoyed for millennia.
In 2015, the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion will provide a superb new home for the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection. Watch for it!
Quebec art at its best
While you’re at the Museum, you can explore a collection of nearly 38,000 pieces by over 4,000 artists from the 17th century to the present. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos, prints and decorative art … immerse yourself in Quebec art!