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15th Asian Art Biennale starts

Staff Correspondent - December 3rd, 2012

The 15th Asian Art Biennale opened yesterday. As part of the festival, exhibitions are now on at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shillpakala Academy (BSA) and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the exhibition at BSA as chief guest. Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad was present as special guest. Suraiya Begum NDC, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs presided over the inaugural session. Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of BSA was also present at the programme.
BSA has been organising the biennale since 1981. Apart from Bangladesh, 34 countries have taken part with 800 artworks at the event.
Among the participating countries are: Bahrain, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, South and North Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Philippines, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Liaquat Ali Lucky said, “The Asian Art Biennale is one of the largest art festivals in the sub-continent. Artists, gallerists, critics and curators from different parts of the world are taking part in the festival.
BSA is delighted to hold the event on a grand scale. Over fifty guests from overseas have taken part at the seminar. They will also visit the local galleries and will make observations on our art market and scenario.
A five-member jury committee, including veteran Bangladeshi painters and critics, have selected the artworks for the exhibition.”
About 800 artworks of 538 artists are on display at the exhibition. The mediums include: paintings, etchings, sculptures, installations and video art.
Other highlights of the biennale include a two-day long seminar titled, “Cultural Crosspollination and Regional Perspectives”. The seminar will be held on December 2 and December 3 at the Seminar Room of BSA.
The festival will continue till December 31.