• Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Exhibition

SEEKING ONE'S INNER SELF

SEEKING ONE'S INNER SELF

Among the recognisable figures in “Searching Myself”, Monjur Rashid's first solo at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD) Gallery, is a seated girl with a “teep”, and a collared dress. The background is grey so that the figure stands out. A boy is seen with mixed up colours to represent mixed up and merged...

Women to the Forefront

Women to the Forefront

Since I997, Gallery Twenty One's mission has been to promote Bangladeshi art, artists and culture both within and outside the country. The gallery has taken Bangladeshi artists to exhibit in the US, Germany Japan, curated the works of many contemporary Bangladeshi master painters and sculptors, while extending support to talented young artists who...

Art exhibition ‘Known Unknown' at DAC

Art exhibition ‘Known Unknown' at DAC

A curatorial solo art exhibition of Farzana Ahmed Urmi, titled “Known Unknown” opened on October 16 at the Dhaka Art Centre (DAC). The curators of the show, Wakilur Rahmn and Kehkasha Sabah said in the curatorial note: “Farzana Ahmed Urmi's paintings exhibit fascination with awkwardness and search for a distinct aesthetics from our academic visual arts. Her courage to use elective gestures lends her figures their eerie and powerful presence. Her portraitures are unnerving naked images of agony, anger, soreness, revenge or akin to expressive emotions, as she is embracing the known and unknown faces of this urban society. “Visually her works have an intense quality, as she is oscillating between figuration...

Master artists' works on display

Master artists' works on display

Art connoisseur K Masum Billah's personal art collection was exhibited recently at Dhanmondi's Gallery Chitrak. Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the exhibition while eminent artist Professor Qayyum Chowdhury presided over the ceremony. Some 60 artworks by stalwarts of Bangladeshi and South Asian art -- including Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan, Safiuddin Ahmed, Mohammad Kibria, SM...

The art of painting small

The art of painting small

The art of painting small has found quite a few dedicated artists in Bangladesh who usually follow the tradition of miniature painting of the subcontinent. The early miniatures in south and western India, dating back to the 9th century, were done on palm leaf and paper, depicting religious deities. When the Persian miniatures...

A heritage of art at monobhumi

A heritage of art at monobhumi

A group art exhibition titled “Kalamkari” is on at monobhumi art space, 218, Elephant Road, Dhaka. Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) Syed Abul Barq Alvi inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest on August 29. Noted theatre personality Mamunur Rashid was special guest at the event. The participating artists -- Tarun Ghosh,...

Matisse exhibition is Tate's most successful art show

Matisse exhibition is Tate's most successful art show

An exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-out art has become the most successful exhibition held to date at the Tate with more than 560,000 visitors. The Tate Modern show was the first in its history to attract more than half a million people. “Matisse: The Cut-Outs” drew attention to the final part of the French artist's...

Harmony in diversity

Harmony in diversity

In this small country there are many ethnic groups who have their own languages, cultural heritage and distinct lifestyles. But to our utter frustration, the majority of people are not aware of the diverse indigenous communities. A photography exhibition, titled “Bishwa Bhora Pran” (A world of living spirits), on display at Drik Gallery in...

Revival of Realism

Revival of Realism

Malcolm Arnold from Adelaide, South Australia, is in Dhaka, exhibiting his paintings and sketches at Dhaka Art Centre. The exhibition runs till July 25. His watercolour and gauche paintings go hand in hand with pencil sketches. His observations are extremely minute and experimental. Arnold's art has travelled all of Australia. He has seen...

Her Words: Storytelling with Saris

Her Words: Storytelling with Saris

The inauguration of an exhibition and the book launch of “Her Words: Storytelling with Saris” will be held on July 19 at 5pm at the EMK Center, Dhaka.  Bangladeshi-American artist and activist Monica Jahan Bose will create a site-specific installation of saris and screen videos, made in collaboration with women from her ancestral village...

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