The 4th solo sculpture and painting exhibition of renowned sculptor Ivy Zaman began at Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum on Monday.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the 16-day exhibition titled ‘Brave World of Sculpture’ jointly organised by Bangladesh National Museum and Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts.
A total of 26 large and 35 small sculptures along with 20 paintings of the sculptor have been put on display at the exhibition.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest, Noor said art and artists have a big role to play in determining the path ahead. “Artists and their works show the way to the society, politics and philosophy. The more developed a country, the more developed its art and culture,” he said, expressing the hope that the exhibition will make the future generation more interested in art.
Describing Ivy Zaman as one of the country’s eminent sculptors, Bangladesh National Museum Director Md Abdul Mannan Ilias in his welcome speech said her works are popular at both home and abroad.
Country’s 12 well-known sculptures are created by Ivy Zaman, including that of Begum Rokeya at her Pairaband residence in Rangpur, he said.
Speaking on the occasion as a special guest, Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Akhtaruzzaman said artists play an undeniable role in building a creative society and taste.
Special guests Artist Rafiqun Nabi and Samarjit Roy Chowdhury appreciated Ivy’s unique way of work.
They said Ivy explains the sculpture-based relations between space and mass in different ways in her own style.
She looks for motion in stillness and her passion is to transform herself into stone, marble or wood.
Urban expert Prof Nazrul Islam said after Novera, Bangladesh got only a few female sculptors.
Praising Ivy Zaman’s unique style of work, he expressed the hope that this exhibition will make women interested in this form of art.
Sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan said the government assistance is there for the expansion and development of the art although the field faced stagnation in the past.
Expressing her feelings about the exhibition, Ivy Zaman said girls still could not have mustered courage to study sculpture. “Only the economic freedom of women can increase the scope and potential of their work,” she said.
The inaugural ceremony was presided over by art critic Prof Borhan Uddin Khan Jahangir.
Ivy’s paintings are mostly landscape compositions. Without using any specific form and figure, the artist has portrayed the beauty of setting sun, flowing river or the Himalayas using suitable colours.
Apart from landscape paintings, there are a few figurative works showing Buddha in different postures.
Talking about her sculptures, Ivy Zaman said she has experimented with both geometric and organic forms. Human and animal figures are common in many sculptures while others are abstract organic forms.
The show will remain open till July 10.