Hugo Weihe was interviewed by India’s Business Standard to discuss the areas of the Indian market that will allow the new CEO of Saffronart to expand the business as he helps to expand the art market:
The next big step would be to open up private collections and display those beautiful Indian antiquities. This is a huge task that requires persistent sourcing and cataloguing. But once Indian antiquities find the right catalyst here, the Indian art market has great potential to compete on an international stage. […] That would definitely have to be the antiquities and miniature paintings. The legal framework in India prevents them from travelling out of the country. This has kept the antiquities under wraps. Contemporary Indian art has to prove itself and present itself in a context. But the antiquities already have history on their side. This is India’s moment in the art world. Very few countries can claim the richness of culture and heritage that India can. The Americans had to procure European art a buy their way into culture. India already has a 5,000-year-old history with as much art and culture to be proud of.
This is a great opportunity to build the Indian art market from the ground up: Hugo Weihe (Business Standard News)