‘From the age of seven I had the passion to collect and I always believed that if you are born as a collector, you will die as a collector,” Nasser David Khalili told ARTnews. For the last 45 years, the British-Iranian collector and philanthropist has been acquiring art (through the Khalili Family Trust) in eight very specialized areas, among them art of the Islamic lands (700–2000), Aramaic documents (535–324 B.C.), and Swedish textiles (1700–1900). The eight collections have been exhibited in more than 40 major institutions worldwide, and Khalili has expressed a desire to establish a private museum to house them. “The word ‘collector’ nowadays is being used very loosely and I believe that a true collector must not only collect but conserve, research, publish, and exhibit his collection,” Khalili said.
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