Two Sikh Art Exhibits at the Phoenix Art Museum

The Dr. Darshan Singh and Ajit Kaur Khanuja and Mr. Jaswant Singh and Mohinder Kaur Sikh Art Gallery at the Phoenix Art Museum is made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja. This gallery space is the second exhibit space in the United States to focus exclusively on displaying Sikh art. This gift allows the museum to present Sikh art on an ongoing basis. Dr. Khanuja is an oncologist and researcher who practices in Chandler and Mesa. He and his wife, Parveen, are members of Phoenix Art Museum’s Director’s Circle and Asian Arts Council. They also have a personal collection of Sikh art and are dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness of Sikhism.

“Our Sikh Art Gallery is designed to stimulate the mind and advance cultural awareness. It is about the love of seeing schoolchildren experience art for the first time. To be in the presence of art is good for the soul.” Dr. Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja

Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith

Exhibition Details

Location:

Asian Gallery

Dates:

April 14, 2018
to December 2, 2018

Sikhism and military history are closely intertwined. Beginning with the Sixth Guru Hargobind (1606-1644), the concept of temporal power combined with spiritual guidance took root as this faith sought freedom of worship against discriminatory policies in India at that time. The Tenth Guru Gobind Singh (1675-1708) stated, “When all efforts to restore peace prove useless and no words avail, lawful is the flash of steel, it is right to draw the sword.” The order of the Khalsa, once formalized, has prevailed to the present time as a political and a religious institution.

This exhibition offers a glimpse of the weapons, images and other articles of Sikh history that demonstrate the balance of martial and spiritual endeavors of Sikh leaders and communities in times of peace and of battle.

Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.

Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith

Exhibition Details


Location:

The Kaur and Singh Sikh Gallery

Dates:

November 18, 2017
to December 2, 2018


To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the armistice treaty that ended World War I, Warriors of World War I: Sikh Art and Heritage will present a selection of photographs, lithographs, postcards and military medals that document the crucial presence of Sikh warriors in the British Indian Army. Though Sikhs constituted only 1% of the Indian population at the time, they counted for more than 20% of the Indian army, which fought for the British Empire in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium and Britain. Their valor was recognized by many, including historian F. Yeats Brown, who said, “…[Sikh warriors] live up to their title of the Singh, which means lion.”

Warriors of World War I: Sikh Art and Heritage is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Sikh Heritage Fund.

Courtesy: Phoenix Art Museum – www.phxart.org & www.artdaily.comy

 

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