The fourth edition of Dhaka Art Summit, displaying artworks by around 100 local and 200 foreign artists from 35 countries, began at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Local, foreign artists and art enthusiasts thronged the National Art Gallery on the opening day of the event, which is one of the biggest art events in South Asia.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the summit on Friday morning. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, information minister Hasanul Haque Inu, summit organising committee chairman Farooq Sobhan and Samdani Art Foundation director Nadia Samdani, among others were also present at the event.
‘Dhaka Art Summit has put Bangladesh in the global art scene. The event offers us the chance to enjoy artworks of by renowned artists from across the world’, said Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.
The nine-day summit, organised by Samdani Art Foundation in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, offers a wide array of exhibitions and engaging ancillary events including ten curated shows, 16 panel discussions, 2 symposiums, talks, film screenings, book launch and others.
The exhibitions, curated by nine foreign and a local curator, display paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures and others under different thought-provoking themes.
For example, the show named There Was a Village Here appears to be very politically charged show where artists from different South Asian and Southeast Asian countries have addressed the plight of the minority communities and loss of traditional lifestyle and belief systems under the pressure of ‘capitalist greed and religious fundamentalism’.
Another show named Dozakh-i-puri n’imat shows works by local artists displaying the beauty of the country as well as the dilemmas the country suffers from.
The Asian Art Biennale in Context is another appealing show displaying works by local master artists from the biennale’s editions held between 1981 and 1989.
Asian Art Biennale, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy since 1981, is the oldest surviving art biennale in Asia.
The section displays works by artists like SM Sultan, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Qayyum Chowdhury, Abdur Razzaque, Syed Jahangir and others.
Other curated shows like Bearing Points’, ‘A Beast, a God and a Line’, ‘Total Anastrophes’, ‘Planetary Planning’, ‘One Hundred Thousand Small Tales’ and ‘A Utopian Stage’ are similarly engaging and illuminating.
The nine-day summit will remain open for all from 10am to 8pm.
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