History About the MIA

Experience art made by Inuit living in Canada in a setting designed to evoke the landscape of the Arctic – right in the cultural heart of Toronto. MIA is the only museum south of the Arctic devoted exclusively to the display of Inuit art from across Canada, from Nunatsiavut (Labrador) to the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories and the Yukon). MIA celebrates the range and diversity of artistic expression produced in these areas and showcases all forms of art, from sculptures to ceramics and drawings to wall hangings. With works from 1,000 years ago and up to the present day, MIA presents a unique opportunity to view beautiful pieces of art that offer something for everyone.

History

With Inuit art achieving international recognition by the early 1980s, the need for a space dedicated to the appreciation and display of Inuit art was undeniable. MIA opened its doors to the public in May 2007 thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of supporters. MIA’s permanent displays and extraordinary rotating exhibition space features an ongoing exhibition of hundreds of works of Inuit art ranging from sculpture – carved from stone, antler, ivory and bone – to ceramics, prints, and wall hangings.

Architecture

The museum was designed by Toronto architect Patricia Hanson of gh3. The interior design evokes the ice flows, snow drifts and wind swept tundra of the Canadian Arctic, so that Inuit art can be appreciated with some sense of the environment in which it was created.

The MIA’s architectural design has received several architectural awards:

  • Best of Canada Design Award, 2007
  • Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award, 2008

Annual report

Click here to download our 2012 Annual Report.