Current Exhibitions What's on at MIA

Beyond Aurora Borealis: Abraham Anghik Ruben

In MIA’s exhibition, visitors can follow Abraham Anghik Ruben’s continued exploration and contemporary interpretation of connections made between Inuit and Norse history and culture. Utilizing his already extensive research, Abraham expands on his past body of works that have been shared across cultural institutions around the world. With new references to important figures, stories, and events from the Norse canon Abraham moves beyond familiar epic poems such as “Beowulf” to the lesser-known seafaring adventures of “Saint Brendan” to the ending and subsequent birth of a new world in “Ragnarok II”.

Friday November 20th, 2015 to May 21st, 2016

This is Our Arctic

BYTE is a ‘by youth, for youth’ organization that focuses on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s North. In this exhibition, BYTE facilitators traveled to Old Crow, Yukon and Inuvik, NWT to engage youth on the topic of climate change in their communities. The results of this photography project make up the exhibition on display.

November 2015

UNIKKAAQTUAT: Inuit Creation Stories

Learn the stories that inspired the artwork! MIA’s new family-friendly exhibition, Unikkaaqtuat: Inuit Creation Stories, uses sculptures, drawings and prints to illustrate traditional Inuit myths. With the help from books available through Inhabit Media – an Inuit-owned publishing company – stories about popular themes and images in Inuit art, like the Sea Goddess, and Mother and Child imagery, will be brought to life with the MIA’s collection.

Thursday July 9th, 2015

Follow Your Art

Designed as a program to encourage visitors to engage with the collection and develop art literacy skills, the museum launched ‘Follow Your Art’. Each work of art on display has a style, or group of visual characteristics identified through a colourful icon system unique to the museum. Visitors are encouraged to create a personal relationship to the art by discovering their own art style through the ‘Follow Your Art’ quiz. Look for these style icons on each object label to follow your style throughout the museum space or explore artwork outside your comfort zone.

Permanent Exhibition

Regional Diversity

Though many imagine the Arctic to be unending frozen tundra, Inuit Nunangat is home to tremendous environmental and cultural diversity. This diversity is reflected in the themes, materials, and styles that make up the artworks produced across Northern communities. With an specific focus on Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Kitikmeot, Qikiqtaaluk, and the Kivalliq region  visitors can immediately see the unique and defining features that characterize these Arctic regions and how these differences also exert influence on artwork between communities within a region or between artists within a community.

Permanent Exhibition