A collective exhibition celebrates miniature art

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A view of the exhibition titled Microtopia International Art Fest 2021-22 underway at the Chitrak Gallery at Dhanmondi in the capital. — New Age Photo

Local and international artists display miniature artworks during an ongoing group art exhibition at the Chitrak Gallery in Dhanmondi in the capital.

The exhibition titled Microtopia International Art Fest 2021-22 was dedicated to the late eminent Bangladeshi filmmaker and painter Khalid Mahmood Mithu.

The 12-day exhibition, jointly organized by Chitrak Gallery and the Chittagong Art Club, features 250 works by 145 artists from 21 countries.

Artists from Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, USA and India, among others, participated in the exhibition.

The exhibition features works of art created with mediums including mixed media, zinc, brass and iron, watercolour, lithograph, silkscreen, acrylic, tempera, linocut, oil color and others.

Works by prominent Bangladeshi artists including Quamrul Hassan, Safiuddin Ahmed, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam and Kanak Chanpa Chakma are featured in the exhibition.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen opened the exhibition on March 19 as the main guest. Professor Shishir Bhattacharjee attended the event as a special guest.

A jury consisting of University of Dhaka professors Shishir Bhattacharjee, Lala Rukh Selim and curator and art critic Mustafa Zaman evaluated the works.

Three artworks won the Grand Award, five won the Honorable Mention Award, and one artwork won the Khalid Mahmood Mithu Award.

Martin R Baeyens from Belgium, Sweety Joshi from India and Syed Tareq Rahman from Bangladesh won the Grand Prix.

Li Lei from China, Anupama Dey from India, Lay May Hui and Sanjib Datta from Taiwan and Sheikh Rokunuzzaman Uzzal from Bangladesh won honorable mention.

Bangladeshi artist Sushanta Kumar Adhikary has won the Khalid Mahmood Mithu Prize.

Among the works on display, Sushanta Kumar Adhikary’s tempera on paper titled Time of Corona and Home Quarantine I was created in 2020. It shows a few dark brown human faces against a yellowish background.

Martin R Baeyens’ CGD pigment print titled Libra was created in 2019. It shows a human hand on a piece of paper with lots of dots, different shapes, shapes and squiggles in English.

Sweety Joshi’s untitled multimedia work was created in 2014. It shows a very old leather notebook. A seashell resembling a human eye was placed in the middle.

Syed Tareq Rahman’s brass and iron artwork titled Urban Being V was created in 2020. It shows many human faces of different shapes lying on the ground.

Li Lei’s watercolor titled Ancient City was created in 2020. It shows a fortified city against the backdrop of an orange sky. A few guards are seen standing on the wall.

Anupama Dey’s multimedia artwork Genesis of Life II was created in 2020. It shows different plants and flowers. The artist used shades of red, blue and green.

The exhibition will end on March 31.

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