Through the event, we have found the energy of our young artists. The newbie artists are also being groomed for the future along with the elderly. This is our special achievement. Though it named ‘Asian Art Exhibition’, but the participation of the 68 countries proved that we can spread the art all over the world”, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor said in his speech at the closing ceremony of the month-long 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018.
The closing ceremony of the mega event was held on Sunday at the National Art Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), where Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as chief guest. Presided over by Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Nasir Uddin Ahmed, BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky delivered the welcome speech at the ceremony.
The closing ceremony also featured discussion and cultural segment. The artistes of BSA presented an instrumental performance, while dance artistes performed a group dance with the song ‘Mongol Hok Ei Shotoke Mongol Hok Sobar’.
Liaquat Ali Lucky said, “This day brings happiness for us that we could complete our month-long event successfully, but on the other hand it is painful too. We wish that we can do the 19th edition in a wide range.”
Earlier, on September 1, President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest and distributed the awards among the winners at the National Theatre Hall of BSA. The exhibition showcases the artistic heritage and contemporary aesthetic trends of Asia. Two and three-dimensional artworks such as painting, prints, photography, sculpture, installation, performance art and new media art put on display in the month-long exhibition.
The exhibition hosted around 583 artworks by 266 foreign artists and 199 Bangladeshi artists. Among the 266 foreign artists, 223 came under competition and 29 were under special invitation, along with 14 performance artists. Among the 199 Bangladeshi artists, works by 107 artists were under competition, while works by 63 artists got special invitation. In addition, 16 local performing artists displayed their works at the biennale along with the work of 13 master painters.
A total 68 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, The United States of America (USA), Mongolia, Peru, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Turkey, Ukraine, Iran, Moscow and Germany participated in the event.
To note, ‘Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh’, an international biennale art event, organising by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on behalf of Bangladesh Government since 1981 without any break. The exhibition is the most prestigious and biggest art festival of Bangladesh as well as the oldest international art biennale event of Asia. From the beginning to 2014, the event was the platform only for artists of Asia and Pacific region.

Staff Correspondent