Nuuk Kun­st­mu­seum

Nuuk, Green­land

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

Cu­ra­tor(s): Nivi Chris­tensen, Di­rec­tor; Stine Lun­berg Hansen, Cu­ra­tor

Num­ber of works: 500+ Green­landic Inuit (his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary)

First work(s): The col­lec­tion was founded on a 2006 do­na­tion by Svend and He­lene Junge, which in­cluded sev­eral hun­dred tupi­lait and other sculp­tural works.

Svend Junge was a Dan­ish en­tre­pre­neur who set­tled in Nuuk in the 1950s and be­gan buy­ing small tupi­lait from hos­pi­tal­ized tu­ber­cu­lo­sis pa­tients.

Re­cent ac­qui­si­tion(s): Arc­tic Hys­te­ria (1996) by Green­landic Inuit/Dan­ish artist Pia Arke (1958-2007)—an artist who worked ex­ten­sively with archives—is the first video work in the col­lec­tion.

Sig­nif­i­cant exhibition­s: Revner i sjae­len // Tarnip Qupineri (2016) was a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of works by Green­landic artist Gukki Nuka. The ex­hi­bi­tion of self-por­traits doc­u­mented the artist’s child­hood sex­ual abuse and marked the first time he had spo­ken openly about it. The ex­hi­bi­tion was pow­er­ful for its abil­ity to break down taboos.

In­ter­est­ing/unique/sur­pris­ing works in the col­lec­tion: Writer Niviaq Kor­neliussen and artist Lis­beth Kar­line Poulsen col­lab­o­rated on a piece ti­tled Ra­diof­jeldet (2016).

The im­age is the re­sult of their joint in­stal­la­tion for the ex­hi­bi­tion Ordet-(asil­iaq) (2016), which con­sid­ered the ten­sions around lan­guage (Green­landic and Dan­ish) in Green­land.

As the stew­ards of the largest col­lec­tion of Green­landic art that is pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble, one of our main goals is to ad­dress the gaps that arise from be­ing built on a pri­vate col­lec­tion. The goal of our larger ac­qui­si­tion pol­icy is to chal­lenge and en­hance our ex­ist­ing col­lec­tion by con­tin­u­ally adding new and dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, such as the re­cent Arke ac­qui­si­tion. We also run a res­i­dency pro­gram fo­cused on artists from the Nordic coun­tries. As part of the pro­gram, vis­it­ing artists are re­quired to leave one of their newly cre­ated works with the mu­seum. Th­ese works, made in Nuuk and in re­la­tion to the col­lec­tion, be­come an en­counter be­tween the artists, the mu­seum and the city. — SLH

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