The 30-day 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh begun at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital on Saturday.
President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest at the National Theatre auditorium of BSA at 3:00pm on the day.Jointly organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry and BSA, the month-long exhibition will display 583 artworks by 465 artists from 68 countries including two and three dimensional artworks like painting, prints, photography, sculpture, installation, performance and new media arts.
The artworks will be put on display at the exhibition which will be open to all from11 am to 8 pm every day.
The 68 countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, The United States of America (USA), Mongolia, Peru, Stein, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Turkey, Ukraine, Iran, Moscow and Germany are participating in the event.
Earlier, a jury panel comprising five members with two from Bangladesh and one each from France, India and Spain were responsible for judgment of displayed artworks in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh as well as selected best artworks for three grand prizes and six honourable mention prizes.
Jury Board President prominent artist Shahabuddin Ahmed announced the names of winners at the inaugural session and later awards were given to winners.
Four observers—Artist Jogen Chowdhury from India, Professor Tetsuya Noda from Japan, Dr Marek Bartelik from Poland and Deborah Frizzell from the USA—also attended the festival.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as a special guest while Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo University of Arts, Tetsuya Noda, also participated in the opening ceremony with Cultural Affairs Secretary M Nasir Uddin Ahmed in the chair.
The exhibition is the most prestigious and biggest art festival of Bangladesh as well as the oldest international art biennale event in Asia. From the beginning to 2014 the event was the platform only for artists of the Asian and Pacific region.
In 2017, the organising committee of the exhibition has decided to expand its glory throughout the world. As a result artists from 55 countries from around the world had participated in the 17th edition. And in this year participating countries number 67 including Bangladesh has broken the previous record.