18th Asian Art Biennale

Foreign participants suggest curatorial display

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:51, Sep 09,2018 | Updated: 19:00, Sep 09,2018


Foreign artists paint a canvas while participating in Asian Art Biennale. Photo courtesy: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Foreign participants of the Asian Art Biennale including artists, observers and delegates suggested introduce curatorial displays for improving the standard of Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh.

Terming the curatorial display as the main aspect of any biennale for its branding, the foreign participants of the 18th edition of the biennale, now going on at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, like their predecessors, suggested the organisers to hold the show through professional curators for achieving a unique character and displaying the artworks in more organised way.

‘The organisers should emphasise more on curatorial display in the biennale for better presentations of the participating art works,’ Polish art writer Marek Bartelik told New Age.

The biennale organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is displaying 583 artworks by 465 artists from 68 countries.

But, due to absence of proper curation, many works have been displayed poorly, the foreign delegates observe.

‘Besides, lights and shades have not been properly maintained at some places, Bartelik said.

Famous Indian artist Jogen Chowdhury, said, ‘The biennale features diverse artworks with the contemporary themes but those have not been displayed accordingly for better communications with the visitors.’

They also gave the observations like the appointment of the professional curators, as assigned by the other biennales, could add more diversity to the show by commissioning better artists from across the world for theme specific displays.

‘It is one of the oldest biennales in the region and has earned a name. It is time for the biennale to explore more fields for achieving a unique character to attract the best artists of the world,’ said professor emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts Tetsuya Noda.

‘Commissioned works can be a good way to bring renowned artists to the event and collect works on particular themes’, he added.

They, however, praised the government for arranging the biennale with public money for so many years. They also assured to provide possible support for improving its standard.

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