(1922-1993) and printed by Josea Maniapik, inadvertently recasts the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) as a sequence of igloos, rising up from the tundra. “This is just an iglu, but we’ve never seen one like this before!” explained the artist at the time of its release. “When Rosie Okpik saw my drawing, she said, ‘That looks just like the Canadian Museum of Civilization!’ I had never seen that building, but now that I see the pictures of it, I see it too!”
Reflecting the undulating lines and bulbous forms of Douglas Cardinal’s iconic structure, Komoartok reimagines the architectural landmark as a cluster of igloos surrounding a central qaggiq (communal igloo). Punctuated with warm, glowing windows and active chimneys, Komoartok’s museum invites us into the communal space within. This image, perhaps better than any other visual representation we’ve seen, reveals the true potential for an Inuit museum: a structure full of culture and history, alive with the presence of community.
Ekidluak Komoartok (Panniqtuuq 1922-1993) The Canadian Museum of Civilization 1992 Stencil 50.2 x 65.1 cm