Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Canadian Inuit Art a Big Hit in France

When Raymond Brosseau of Quebec City closed his Inuit Art museum, he decided to take part of it on tour. It is currently at Paris's Musée de l'Homme, near the Eiffel Tower. The museum's exhibition, Inuit: quand la parole prend forme (Inuit: When Words Take Shape), is on display through March 27, 2006. With a steady flow of visitors, it seems that Inuit art has become a hit in France.

The launch of the exhibit at the Musée de l'Homme was attended by Jacques Chirac, France's president, whose fascination with Canadian aboriginal art took him to Nunavut with then Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien in 1999. Chirac will be the patron of an ambitious new museum of aboriginal art from around the world, slated to open in Paris this year. The same Inuit exhibit played two years ago in Lyon, where it was a smash hit with 90,000 visitors and long lineups on weekends. French television, radio and newspapers have given the show's Paris run full coverage. The works on display in Paris include intricate miniatures to pieces as large as the carvers who made them.

To see more ahout Inuit art, see Inuit Art Information Articles.

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