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October 04, 2010 19:51 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), on the Occasion of an Inuit Art Exhibition in Delhi, India

DELHI, INDIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - Sport and culture are inextricably linked, and as the nations of the Commonwealth gather to celebrate and compete in the nineteenth edition of the Commonwealth Games, sport and culture have been brought together here in Delhi. Through a partnership between the National Gallery of Canada and the National Museum of India, an exhibition of major works of Inuit art is taking place in India for the first time ever.

The exhibit, "Sanaugavut: Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic," which runs from September 28, 2010, to January 2, 2011, at the National Museum, New Delhi, is an exceptional showcase of sixty works, including masterpieces by Inuit artists. This example of cultural cooperation between Canada and India allows us to share the diversity of Inuit culture with the peoples of India and the world, as they gather in Delhi for the XIX Commonwealth Games.

Over the years, Inuit art has become one of Canada's symbols at home and abroad. It is fitting that the National Gallery of Canada presents, during this international gathering, an exhibition showcasing the diverse talents of Inuit artists from Canada.

The exhibit highlights the significant themes of traditional social life and customs, spiritual beliefs and mythology, historical moments and personal experiences in a richly diverse range of artistic media and styles.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I want to commend everyone involved in this initiative and to thank the National Museum of India for the opportunity to view this remarkable exhibition.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider, Director of Communications