The twenty fourth edition of the National Art Exhibition 2021 began on Tuesday. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the exhibition virtually as the chief guest.
Newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Md Abul Mansur, eminent artist Abdul Mannan also joined the inaugural ceremony as the guest of honour and special guest respectively.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)’s Fine Arts department director Syeda Mahbuba Karim delivered the welcome speech at the programme with BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair. National Art Exhibition is one of the most popular art exhibitions of the country and one of the flagship artistic ventures of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
According to the organisers, a total of 157 paintings, 47 sculptures, 53 prints, 17 photographs, 18 installations, 10 oriental artworks, 20 crafts, seven new media works, five graphics works, and seven potteries are on display, alongside six special performance art shows. Of the over 1,000 artworks submitted by a total of 786 artists, 347 artworks of different mediums and genres by 323 artists are being showcased at this year’s exhibition.
Names of the award recipient artists were also announced at the inaugural programme. Mohammad Hasanur Rahaman won the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy award worth Tk 200,000 (2 lakh) as the best artist of this year’s exhibition.