The 24th edition of National Art Exhibition, a flagship art venture by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), begins today. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the biennale exhibition will be held virtually this year.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will inaugurate the month-long exhibition at 4:00pm as the chief guest. Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Badrul Arefin will join the event as the guest of honour, while eminent artist Abdul Mannan will attend the ceremony as the special guest.BSA Director of Fine Arts Syeda Mahbuba Karim will deliver the welcome speech at the programme with BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair.
BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky and its Director of Fine Arts department Syeda Mahbuba Karim shared the details of the exhibition at a virtual press conference on Sunday on BSA’s official Facebook page.
This year, a total of 786 artists submitted more than 1000 artworks to the event. A five-member selection committee, namely Mamun Kayser, Mahmuda Begum, Muslim Mia, Swapan Kumar Sikder and Faruk Ahmed Molla selected 347 artworks by 323 artists for the exhibition.
The organisers informed that a total of 157 paintings, 47 sculptures, 53 prints, 17 photographs, 18 installations, 10 oriental artworks, 20 crafts, 7 new media works, 5 graphics works, and 7 potteries will be exhibited, alongside 6 special performance art shows.
In addition to these presentations, a special segment consisting of four art projects, curated by four renowned artists will also be displayed in the art show. A team of 10 artists in each group who worked under the curators Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Zihan Karim, Kamruzzaman Chowdhury, and Joydeb Roaja will display their works in this segment.
A jury board will nominate the best artworks. Noted artists Farida Zaman, Abdul Mannan, Abul Barq Alvi, Mostafa Sharif Anwar, Mustafa Zaman and Syeda Mahbuba Karim are the members of the jury board.Eleven artists will receive the best awards in eleven categories, while five honorable mention awards will be given to five artists from different categories. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award 2021, the top award covering all categories, will honour the best artist in the exhibition.
Art enthusiasts can enjoy the exhibition at www.shilpakala.gov.bd and www.facebook.com/shilpakalapage.
The exhibition will continue till July 31.