Cultural Desk : dhakamirror.com
The official launch of a new art platform titled Art Bangla Foundation took place on September 17, 2022 with the inauguration ceremony of a group exhibition, ‘Pratibimba Parampara’
State Minister of Cultural Affairs, K M Khalid attended this event as the chief guest. The Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali, the managing director of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited Rupali Chowdhury, and the Dean of the Dhaka University’s Fine Arts, Prof. Nisar Hossain, were present as special guests. Prominent actor and Member of Parliament Asaduzzaman Noor graced the ceremony as well.
The Art Bangla Foundation honored Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Mustafa Monwar, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam and Abul Khair, all of whom are artists and art fans, with crests, in recognition of their great contributions to art and culture.
Known as the Art Bangla Foundation, the initiative was established in 2015. Later, the concept evolved and took on its current form.
Amazing artworks by artists that helped Bangladesh create a new identity after our liberation are adorning the limited spaces of Art Bangla Gallery.
Kalidas Karmakar’s large, rectangular abstract mixed-media composition with collage and a profusion of colors employed with great depth and dominance can be the first painting that catches your eye as you enter.
The provocative square work “Amar Desh” by Farida Zaman is also present in this first room and is brightly colored in yellow and black.
Two vibrant blue paintings by Kamal Kabir with stunning abstractions titled “Freedom” are displayed above this.
Alakesh Ghosh did a superb job painting the actual hens and roosters.”Bank of Jamuna” by Abdul Mannan depicts a realistic setting with surreal beauty.
The lively “Golapi Meghe Shobuj Tia” by Nazlee Laila Monsur may be found in the next room.
Greyscale painting titled “A Bird Thought to Be” by Naima Haque features a contemporary woman playing a guitar.
Samarjit Roy Chowdhury’s “Storming Wind,” which features a mashup of dark and light tones in haphazard brushstrokes, rules the space.
Shahabuddin is the artist of the largest piece in the gallery, “Jump,” which is a semi-realistic figure painting with broad brushstrokes and character tones that shows a person in motion.
An S. M Sultan piece is there with the usual rural scenery. Hashem Khan’s “Baul” show his conventional portraits with versatile, eye-soothing backgrounds in dynamic brushstrokes.
There is a watercolour landscape by Zainul Abedin hanging in all its splendor. Wood engraving by Safiuddin Ahmed, “Guun Tana,” is a tiny but mighty work of art.
The innermost area has a niche that has a blue Rashid Choudhury tapestry that depicts what appear to be two figures in an embrace using geometric forms.
In addition to these, the Art Bangla collection is filled with further works by illustrious artists that will astound and fascinate you.
One can immerse themselves in the exhibition’s sea of knowledge and emerge with a wealth of knowledge.
The Art Bangla Gallery will host this free-to-attend show through October 1, 2022.