International oriental art biennale begins

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Nov 23,2019


Visitors look at displayed paintings at ‘International Oriental Art Biennale Bangladesh 2019’ under way at Nalini Kanta Bhattashali auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Friday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

An international exhibition featuring oriental artworks by local and foreign artists began at Nalini Kanta Bhattashali auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Friday.

The exhibition titled ‘International Oriental Art Biennale Bangladesh 2019’ is featuring a total of 150 artworks by 92 local artists and 18 foreign artists from countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Cuba, France and Japan.

The eight-day exhibition has been jointly organised by Bangladesh Society of Oriental Art and Bangladesh National Museum.

The displayed artworks have been created using mediums like pen, acrylic, watercolour, ink, mixed media and others.

The artworks address issues like women, scenic beauty, nature, flowers, mystic troupes, contemporary issues, rural and urban life and more.

Dhaka University fine arts faculty dean Nisar Hossain, Bangladesh Society of Oriental Art general secretary professor Mizanur Rahman Fakir, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin’s son Moinul Abedin and others were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition on Friday.

To mention a few works, acclaimed artist Hashem Khan’s acrylic painting titled ‘Ektara’ shows a baul playing an ektara. He is accompanied by two female figures. The background of the artwork

contains black, blue and white colours.

Local artist Shahnaz Begum’s watercolour painting shows a woman donning a colourful sari and ornaments standing in front of a door.

Local artist Malay Bala’s untitled watercolour painting contains three individual frames showing three female figures of various colours and shapes.

Local artist Rabeya Begum Lipi’s acrylic painting titled ‘Pink Spring’ shows a woman wearing a pink sari while the edges of the figure are covered with red and pink dots, forms and shapes.

Local artist Muslim Mia’s acrylic painting titled ‘Mother & Child’ shows a mother holding her child in her arms. The edges of the painting are covered with light and dark sky colours.

Indian artist Rina Roy’s watercolour painting titled ‘Buddha’ shows Gautama Buddha meditating while another Indian artist Anuradha Gayen’s watercolour painting titled ‘Land Scap’ shows two old men walking on a village road on a foggy winter morning.

The exhibition will end on November 29.

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