A 15-day contemporary printmaking art exhibition of 65 Indian artists began at Gallery-6 in National Gallery of Art of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) in the capital on Monday.
Presided over by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, Prime Minister’s political advisor HT Imam was inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest at the auditorium of the National Art Gallery at 10 am on the day.
Director General of National Gallery of Modern Art of India sculptor Adwaita Charan Gadanayak, prominent artist Monirul Islam and BSA Director of Fine Art Department Moniruzzaman among were present on the inaugural ceremony.
Five founding members of the strong Indian Printmakers Guild also have taken part in the inaugural session. They are Anandamaya Banerjee, Dutta Traya Apte, Kabita Nair, Moti Jarotiya and Sushanta Guha.
The Shilpakala Academy has been organising the exhibition in collaboration with the cultural affairs ministry of Bangladesh.
The exhibition will continue till January 4, 2018.
A total of 65 artists from India have taken part at the exhibition.
The contemporary printmaking came to India in 1556, about a hundred years after Guttenberg’s Bible was first printed. At this time, printmaking was used merely as a device to duplicate and reproduce. There is, however, evidence that the use of the concept of mass duplication dates even further back in India, to the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. For instance, grants of land were originally recorded by engraving the information on copper plates and etchings on different surfaces like wood, bone, ivory and shells have been documented as an important craft of that time. Nevertheless, printmaking as a media for artistic expression, as it is recognised today, emerged in India less than ninety years ago.
The organisers said that every artist will provide a painting permanently for the preservation of national paintings in Bangladesh which will enrich the collection of national paintings of Bangladesh at the end of the exhibition.
The exhibition will run everyday till its closure from 11am to 8pm. On Fridays the exhibition will run from 3pm to 8pm.
Since 2011, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has been organising various exhibitions, workshops and honorary award for printmaking painting.