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.



May 5 | 1 p.m.
See an exclusive screening of the 2017 film All Quiet on the Home Front, which tells the remarkable story of Bhagat Singh Thind, the first Sikh to serve in the US Army in World War I, and enjoy an exclusive presentation of the exhibition. Please see our event for all details.


Admission is free for Phoenix Art Museum Members, Military Members and youth aged 5 and under.
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This exhibition is offered to the general public for free during voluntary donation, free-access hours from 3 - 9 p.m. each Wednesday, from 6 - 10 p.m. every First Friday of the month, and every second Saturday and Sunday of the month during Discount Tire Free Family Weekend.

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Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Communications Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org

Exhibitions Page: Unknown, Sikh Soldiers in France during World War I, 1914. Photograph. The Khanuja Family.

Left: Unknown, Deutschland Gegner Im Weltkriege (Germany's Opponents in the World War), 1930. The Khanuja Family.

Center: Unknown, Portrait of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, porter. Photograph. The Khanuja Family.

Right: Paul Sarrut, Sikh Soldier of Patiala, 1914-1915. The Khanuja Family.