Dhaka Art Center launched with '101 artists' exhibition
Dhaka Art Center (DAC) has formally begun its journey with an exhibition of '101 artists' on April 10, 2010.
It kick started with the launch of a 10-day-long exhibition showcasing works from the two-day workshop, held between January 1st and 2nd, where 101 artists participated. The event, which witnessed a surge of enthusiasm among the Dhaka cognoscenti as luminaries of the art world as well as other disciplines came together to celebrate the outcome of the workshop, was presided over by Dr Dipu Moni, honorable foreign minister of Bangladesh, who attended as chief guest. Eminent artist and Dean of the faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Rafiqun Nabi and CEO of HSBC Bangladesh, Sanjay Prakash graced the ceremony as special guests.
Housed in a red-brick edifice on Road-7A, next to Rabindra Sharobar, DAC lies at the heart of Dhanmondi. A building of modernist incline, it has six gallery spaces, a number of studios, an archive, a library and a seminar.
Since its informal beginning in January this year, DAC-organized programmes have been drawing unprecedented crowd. Major programmes over the last few months included a sarode evening by Dr David Trasoff and a presentation and a performance by the internationally reputed Japanese Artist Seiji Shimoda.
Recently four young artists have been given the opportunity to work for the next three months in DAC studios under the guidance of artist Mohammad Iqbal.
Programmes in the pipeline includes a week-long workshop by New York-based artist Azyz Sharafy, starting from May 21, a photography exhibition from May 23 to May 27, and a solo painting exhibition by Naimul Bari, another expatriate living in New York, in July.