In today’s episode, Isabelle Imbert takes a small step aside from what is generally considered as Islamic art to welcome Davinder Toor, published art collector specialised in the artistic productions of the Sikhs, a religion born in the hills of Punjab in India in the 16th century, and practised today around the world. Davinder first took an interest in Sikh art when he was 17 years old, and started actively collecting a few years later. In the episode, they talk about the conception of his extensive collection and how he approaches acquisitions and deaccessions, but also about the growing market of Sikh art, the inherent risks for new collectors, and storytelling through art for the current and the next generations of Sikhs.
Mentioned in the Episode and Further Links
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- Follow Davinder on Instagram
- Davinder Toor’s personal website and Toor Collection’s website
- In the Pursuit of Empire, Treasures from the Toor collection of Sikh Art, Kashi House, 2018
- Punjab Heritage Association
- A History of the world in 100 objects, Neil McGregor, BBC
- Sikh artists mentioned by Davinder:
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