To shed light on the contemporary modern arts of Bangladesh in the Netherlands, an important group art exhibition titled “Shades of Passion” opens today at the Atrium City Hall, in the Hague. The Embassy of Bangladesh in the Netherlands in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised the exhibition that will continue till April 13.
A total of 40 renowned Bangladesh artists are taking part in the exhibition with 40 paintings. Eminent artist Professor Rafiqun Nabi, noted artist Dr. Mohammad Iqbal and Prodyut Kumar Das, instructor, Department of Fine Arts of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy are to represent Bangladeshi artists in the exhibition.
“The initiative of taking Bangladeshi arts abroad through different embassies and High Commissions is a timely one, commendable and inspiring for us. The language of fine art is international. I hope Bangladeshi embassies around the world will regularly arrange such exhibitions in the days to come to display the contemporary modern art heritage to the world,” said Mohammad Iqbal, an Associate Professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting, University of Dhaka.
“The artworks by Bangladeshi artists should regularly be exhibited abroad. It would be better if the exhibition was arranged by both the countries as exchange programmes. Then, the participating artists of both the countries could come, exhibit and interact with each other. We all revere the world masters Rembrandt and Van Gogh while the people of Holland boastfully take pride in them. I went there previously; but this time it is a matter of pride that we are representing Bangladeshi art in the Netherlands. I hope we can better convey them what is happening in the Bangladeshi contemporary modern art scene and see their contemporary art trends as well,” said Rafiqun Nabi.
The participating Bangladeshi artists at the exhibit include Syed Jahangir, Hashem Khan, Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Abu Taher, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Mahmudul Haque, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Mohammad Eunus, Farida Zaman, Nisar Hossain, Jamal Ahmed, Shishir Bhattacharya, Shiekh Afzal, Mohammad Iqbal, Kanak Chanpa Chakma and Rokeya Sultana.