The 23rd National Art Exhibition featuring 322 artworks by 310 artists commenced at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
H T Imam, political adviser to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest. Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid, additional secretary of ministry of cultural affairs Md Abdul Mannan Ilias and internationally acclaimed artist Monirul Islam were present as special guests at the inaugural programme. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the event and director of BSA fine arts department Ashraful Alam Paplu gave the welcome speech.
Eight artists were awarded by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and other organisations at the 23rd National Art Exhibition. The guests distributed the awards among the winners.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy awarded five artists, while three other awards were given by other organisations.
Artist Kamruzzaman won prestigious Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award for his lithography work titled ‘Global Warming-2’, which depicts the hazardous effects of climate change. The artwork shows a bird flying in one direction while another bird is sitting on a tree stump in a barren place where there were trees but now covered in tiles. In the middle of the frame is a structure made out of wood and a huge bowl-like form made out of twigs suitable for making bird’s nests.
Kamruzzaman received Tk 2,00,000, a crest and a certificate as part of the award.
Four other honourable mention awards in four different mediums were given by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Tanvir Mahmud received media best award in sculpture for his work Pronidhan-2, Ruhul Karim Rumee received media best award in printmaking for his art which features a series of dehumanised portraits and is titled Portraits of Ambiguity.
Sahid Kazi received new media best award for his installation Golden Fiber, Rafat Ahmed Badhon won the media best award in painting for his watercolour painting Relation-4.
Each of the four artists received Tk 1,00,000, a crest and a certificate.
Alongside the Shilpakala Academy awards, three more awards namely Bengal Foundation Award, Artist Kazi Anowar Hossain Award and Dipa Haque Award were given to three artists.
Uttam Kumer Talukder received the Bengal Foundation Award for his artwork Story of Life-1, Faria Khanum Tully received the artist Kazi Anowar Hossain Award for her artwork Preetibimba-4, while Sumon Wahed won the Dipa Haque Award for his work The Map.
‘It will be a wonderful exhibition. Our artists are already well kwon in the international arena. It is my earnest request to give the artists proper remuneration and help them continue their artwork,’ HT Imam said in his speech.
The exhibition will remain open till July 21.