James Sinclair reports on the March 2005 closing of the Musée d'art Inuit Brousseau in the latest issue of Inuit Art Quarterly:
"In a surprise move, Raymond Brousseau celebrated the 5th anniversary of his private museum of Inuit art by abruptly closing it...Brousseau, who had been collecting Inuit art for over 48 years, had amassed the fourth largest collection in Canada by the time of the museum's closure this past spring."
Since then the entire collection has been acquired by Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, making it the largest acquistion of works in the museum's history. In order to keep the 2,635 objects from the Musée d'art Inuit Brousseau together, Brousseau donated half the collection to the Musée national. The exhibition "Inuit. Quand la parole prend form" featuring 150 works from the Brousseau collection opens this February. A permanent exhibition of the collection is slated to open in its new home in June 2006.
Read the press release issued by the Musée national announcing the acquisition of the Brousseau collection.
The website of the former Musée d'art Inuit Brousseau (still up and running, for now...)
Read the full article in the Goldwater library:
James Sinclair. "Brousseau Museum Closes Doors." Inuit Art Quarterly 20:3 (Fall 2005): 37. RGL call number: A I6185