Then and Now: On Activating Sikh Visual and Material Culture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)

Authors

  • Laura Vigo Curator of Asian Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62307/srj.v8i1.23

Keywords:

Sikh Art, Museum Studies, Contemporary Diasporic Art

Abstract

A museum’s relevance must lie in its ability to inspire reflections on the works it contains, fostering and cherishing a plurality of interpretations. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has been exploring new avenues of interpretation, rejecting the idea of an exhaustive overview of the arts of the world’s various regions in the manner of the so-called universal museums of the nineteenth century. From the multitude of realities its art collections embody and the histories they index, nodes of encounter and entanglement emerge, the so-called space “in between,” from which new visions arise. Within this new epistemic framework, the museum recently welcomed The Kapany Collection of Sikh Art, a new gallery dedicated to historical and contemporary Sikh Art, part of a commitment to render the museum into a space receptive to the shifting plurality of voices that comprise our ever-changing Canadian society. The Kapany Collection presented a timely opportunity to re-think conventional museological approaches and offer new perspectives to Sikh art and art in general, incorporating Sikhi as a meaningful curatorial praxis and prompting contemporary diasporic artists to weave new histories from within.

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Published

2023-04-13

How to Cite

Vigo, L. (2023). Then and Now: On Activating Sikh Visual and Material Culture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Sikh Research Journal, 8(1), 57–76. https://doi.org/10.62307/srj.v8i1.23

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