Breaking Ground: Modern Art in Transition

You are cordially invited to the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition titled ‘Breaking Ground: Modern Art in Transition’, at 5.30 PM on Tuesday 17 December 2019. The High Commissioner of India HE Ms. Riva Ganguly Das will open the show as the chief guest. Professor Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, will be present on the occasion as the special guest.

The exhibition includes the works of old masters from the nineteen thirties onwards from the Abul Khair Collection.

We look forward to your kind presence.


Breaking Ground: Modern Art in Transition

Bengali modernism was a contextual practice drawn from the subcontinent’s traditions of courtly and folk art, as well as lessons of the various modern and contemporary creative movements from the West. The artists from the region explored tradition, reviving ancestral forms and incorporating a rich folk culture into their works, to come up with a fine balance between tradition and modernity. Rural landscapes, geographies, people, and their connection with nature’s nuances and dimensions played an important role in defining the artists’ approach. The geometric organisation of forms were often replaced by organic sensibilities where sharp, precise and definite shapes were transformed into soft, free forms; intuitive and earthy expressions.

Drawing inspiration from the collection of Abul Khair, the Bengal Arts Programme explores the artistic languages of the region. We have selected an array of works from the collection, and included influential modernist forerunners from the nineteen thirties onwards. The exhibits aim to introduce the aesthetic leanings of early practices which led to the wave of modernism in art in Bengal.

Featured artists
Aminul Islam
Gaganendranath Tagore
Jamini Roy
Kazi Abdul Baset
Mohammad Kibria
Murtaja Baseer
Qayyum Chowdhury
Quamrul Hassan
Ramkinkar Baij
Rashid Choudhury
Safiuddin Ahmed
S M Sultan
Zainul Abedin

Inauguration: Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 5.30 PM

Subir Choudhury Exhibition Hall, Ground Floor
Bengal Shilpalay, House 42, Road 27, Sheikh Kamal Sarani
Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209

The exhibition can be viewed from 1 PM to 8 PM
until Saturday, 15 February 2020. The facility is closed on Sundays.

Terms & Conditions:
Entry to exhibition halls is open to all.
Anything larger than a small handbag/ purse (max. size 8 in. x 6 in.) will not be allowed inside the venue.
Please drop off bags at the counter on the ground floor. You may carry your wallet, keys and mobile phones with you.
An initial security check will be conducted at the bag deposit counter. You are requested to cooperate with security personnel.
Members of the media are requested to keep their IDs handy.
Professional cameras are allowed to be brought in, but flash photography is prohibited inside the exhibition halls.
Bengal Arts Programme +880 1844050577

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