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Whale Bone Sculptures


I was drawn to this sculpture by Manasie Akpaliapik in the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec because it reminded me of a sculpture by Luke Airut we have at the Winnipeg Art Gallery called Dream of Plenty. dream-of-plenty-luke-airut

Both sculptures are by Inuit artists from Nunavut who come from families of carvers.  They were both created from whalebone which is a very difficult medium to use since it is fragile and must be carved slowly and carefully with hand tools. Both sculptures have a wonderful symmetry about them and both feature faces. dream-of-plenty-by-luke-airut-winnipeg-art-gallery
In both sculptures some areas have been left rough and others polished smooth. sculpture-detail-manasie-akpaliapikThere is a delicate balance of sections of detailed carving with areas of natural whalebone textures. 

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has another connection with the artist whose work I saw at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The Inukshuk piece that is on permanent display in the roof top garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is also by Manasie Akpaliapik. inukshuk

Other posts……

Finding Two Old Friends
Inuit Interactives
Up On the Rooftop

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Inuit Interactives

inuit-minaturesHow fun!  The idea of art galleries where people of all ages are invited to engage in creation is something Nina Simons champions in her book Participatory Museums. I saw exciting evidence of this at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Look at the interactive invitations given to children in the Inuit art section. 


Build an Inukshuk out of pillows


Create string stories and play string games



Settle into a snow nest to read Inuit legends while listening to Inuit throat singers


Or make Inuit art prints at these art stations

According to Nina Simons a participatory art gallery or museum is one where visitors create, share, and connect with each other around content. That is certainly happening at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Other posts……

Inuit Games

An Inuit Art Primer

Falling in Love

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