The 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale featuring 583 artworks by 465 artists from 68 countries was inaugurated on Saturday at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
President M Abdul Hamid inaugurated the month-long grand show, which has been organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Hamid praised the contribution of artists and cultural activists to all achievements of the nation as he inaugurated the month-long art exhibition.
‘The cultural activists always played a brave role during the crisis period or any crucial moment of the nation’, he said while opening the fine arts exhibition.
‘This exhibition will help introduce the Bangladeshi artworks and uphold the cultural heritages in the world’, he added.
Thanking the organisers for arranging this international event, he hoped that the exhibition would enrich the culture, fine arts and tradition of this region.
Hamid said, ‘We should bear in mind that the aestheticism and appeal of the arts are unlimited and everlasting. Each artwork manifests individual’s thoughts and ideas alongside the national culture and norms’.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, eminent artist Shahabuddin Ahmed and Japanese art professor Tetsuya Noda, among others, were present at the inauguration ceremony, which included an awards programme. Secretary of cultural affairs ministry M Nasir Uddin Ahmed presided over the programme.
President M Abdul Hamid handed over three grand prizes and six honourable mention awards to the winners.
Indian artist G Kandan and two local artists Atia Islam and Salma Zakia Brishty won three grand prizes. Six honourable mention awards were given to Palestinian artist Monther Jawabreh, Chinese artist Wu Jun, Thai artist Trirat Sriburin and three local artists Kamruzzaman Shadhin, Fakrul Islam Mazumder and Najmun Nahar Keya.
The winners were selected by a five-member international jury headed by internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed.
A total of 266 foreign and 199 local artists are participating in the biennale.
Artists from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Iran, Turkey, Palestine, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, the USA, Argentina and other countries are participating in the biennale with their latest works in diverse mediums.
Among the foreign artists, 223 artists have displayed works under competition section and 29 artists are displaying works under special invitation.
Among the Bangladeshi artists, works by 107 artists have been displayed under competition section, while artworks by 63 artists are being displayed under special invitation. In addition, 16 local and 13 foreign performance artists will perform at the biennale.
The exhibition will remain open for all from 11:00am to 08:00pm every day. The biennale will also feature a few ancillary events like seminars, workshops, cultural shows and performance art shows. A number of stalls displaying traditional crafts,
cakes, embroidered quilts and other items have been set up to introduce local culture and tradition to the foreigners.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, established in 1974, initiated to host the Asian Art Biennale in January 1981 with a view to promoting artists and art works of the region to the global art market and creating interactions with the artists, art historians and critics of different Asian countries.
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