The biennial art extravaganza for the artists of Asia and the Pacific regions is set to go on tomorrow in the capital city, marking the beginning of the Month of Victory.
The 17th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh, which is going to be the august gathering of nearly 300 artists and a good number of art critics for a month, will showcase over 400 selective artworks at the National Art Gallery of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the exhibition at 11am at the National Theater of the Academy. The inaugural function will be followed by an attractive cultural show, participated by renowned and promising artistes of the country.
Like previous years, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, with support from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, is organising the country’s biggest art exhibition.
“The exhibition has already become an international event, but the name – Asian Art Biennial – will remain unchanged to keep its historical background,” Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor told a press conference at the Shilpakala Academy last week.
The exhibition began in 1981 with participation of 14 countries from Asia and the Pacific regions. This year 54 countries, including the host country Bangladesh, are participating in the month-long art exhibition.
The countries are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chili, China, Colombia, Croatia, North Korea, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Reunion Island, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sir Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, England, United States and Vietnam.
A total of 154 artworks of 148 selected Bangladeshi artists and another 260 artworks of 150 artists from 153 participating countries will be displayed at the exhibition.
Besides the participating artists, 145 foreign guests, including artists, art critics and museum curators will participate in various events, chalked out on the sideline of the art exhibition.
The month-long art exhibition will have on its sideline the programmes including seminars, performance art exhibition, international art camp and cultural shows. The seminars will be held on December 2 and 3 on the theme – Art of the City – at the National Art Gallery of the Academy. The seminars will begin everyday at 10 am.
The international art camp will be held in the Korean EPZ in Anwara, Chittagong. Eminent artists from Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Sri Lanka will participate in the art camp.
A 7-member selection committee has been formed to select the artworks of the artists of Bangladesh and other participating countries.
Like previous years, artworks of nine participating artists will be awarded this year too. There will be three grand prizes worth Taka 5 lakh each and six honorary prizes worth Taka 3 lakh each.
It is expected that renowned artists from China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Poland and South Korea will be here for the exhibition.
Besides attending the art biennial, the artists, art critics and representatives and members of the jury board will visit the Jatiya Sangsad, central Shaheed Minar, Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University and the National Museum. A river cruise will be arranged for them.
An information centre will be there for the artists, art critics, representatives and members of the jury committee and journalists. A well-equipped media corner will also be set up at the expo venue to facilitate journalists in taking interviews of the artists and other distinguished participants of the art biennial.
To give the exhibition an extended aesthetic look, the road from the Kodom Foara (Fountain) near the National Press Club to Shahbag intersection and some other important areas of the capital city will be decorated.
The exhibition will remain open to visitors everyday from 11am to 8pm during December 1 to 31.