SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Profiting from History: A Dealer's Perspective on the Business of Art and its Contribution to Art History

IMG - 20150127 - Michael Backman
Michael Backman (Michael Backman Ltd)

Date: 27 January 2015Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 27 January 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar


Dealing in antiques sometimes gets bad press. But dealers can and do play a hugely useful role in the understanding and preservation of art and art history, as do major collectors. This role complements that played by art historians and curators, and academics in related fields. More widely, commercial motives are essential to a full understanding of art and art history but the role played by such motives often is under-emphasised.

Speaker Biography

Michael Backman is the director of Michael Backman Ltd, a commercial gallery in London's West End, which deals in Asian, Islamic Colonial and Tribal antiques. The gallery has a large base of private and museum clients worldwide and probably one of the most comprehensive websites for a gallery of its type in the world. Backman is also the author of six books on Asian business, politics and culture, published by Palgrave-Macmillan and John Wiley. Currently he is working on a biography of Malaysia's former finance minister Daim Zainuddin.

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