Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith today said Bangladesh is blessed with rich art and culture for a long period of time, which should be nurtured for achieving socio-economic development of the country.“The country has glorious past of cultural practice and its deep-rooted heritage is amply reflected in her architecture, literature, dance, drama, music and painting,” he told the inaugural function of the four-day Dhaka Art Summit at Shilpakala Academy here.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, and Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor addressed the function as the special guests.
Chairman of organizing committee of Dhaka Art Summit Faruq Sobhan and President of Samdani Art Foundation Nadia Samdani, among others, addressed the function with Director General of Shilpakala Academy Liakat Ali Laky in the chair.
The four-day Dhaka Art Summit, one of the largest platforms for South Asian art, began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy here today.
This time around 300 artists, curators, writers, art professionals and collectors from home and abroad are participating in the summit, said a press release.
Dhaka Art Summit, an initiative of the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, and supported by the cultural affairs ministry, saw a total of 11 galleries including Bengal Gallery, Drik, Gallery Chitrak, Gallery Kaya, Athena, Prothoma Prokashon and The Daily Star.
This year, the Dhaka Art Summit is supported by over 80 institutions including Harvard University, Centre Pompidou France, Rockefeller Foundation, Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs, Swiss Arts Council and so on.
International museums such as the Tate Modern, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Solomon R Guggenheim, Rubin Museum and Kunsthalle Zurich have lent their curators to the summit to help design an art programme.