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10 of the biggest exhibitions of 2013

Update : 29 Dec 2013, 06:03 PM

Unseen Splendour

82 artworks of the legendary painter SM Sultan were showcased by the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts for the very first time. Some of these unseen sketches and paintings were done during Sultan’s early days as an artist.

Chobi Mela VII

The seventh instalment of the largest photography exhibition in Bangladesh was held from January 25 to February 7, at various venues, including Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Drik Gallery and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. The exhibition, which featured both local and foreign photographers, gained massive coverage in both national and international media.

Mukh O Mukhosh

A unique and modern display of masks organised by Gallery Kaya, titled Mukh O Mukhosh 4 was the fourth exhibition of the series and started on May 31 at Gallery Kaya. The display of masks at the exhibition consists of astounding 106 brilliant pieces of work by 19 contemporary artists.

Print exhibition by Biren Shome

Eminent artist Biren Shome brought out a solo exhibition of his print works at the Kibria Printmaking Studio of the Dhaka Art Centre. The prints were made through etching, collagraph and relief print making processes. Most of the relief print works were black and white.

Nirobodhi Janasrot

A 13-day solo exhibition titled Nirobodhi Janasrot held at the Dhaka Art Centre. This exceptional display showcased works of the gifted young artist Md Mainuddin who depicts the faces of ordinary people and their struggles.

Quest for Reality

On the occasion of the 70th birthday of noted artist Rafiqun Nabi, a remarkable exhibition titled Quest for Reality was an extensive display of 120 artworks, including an elaborate collection of Nabi’s water colours, oil paintings, wood engravings and many other mediums. It was held at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts from December 7-19.

In search of Kalpana Chakma

Shahidul Alam’s photo-forensic study established through an exhibition titled In search of Kalpana Chakma held at the Drik Gallery from June 12-21.


Shishir Bhattacharjee held a solo art exhibition titled Daag-Tamasha at the Dhaka Art Centre. Fantasy, humour and satire have always prevailed in his works.

Banglar Shekore Swapno

Vibrant scroll paintings by renowned artist Raghunath Chakraborty was held at the Gallery Cosmos 2 in April. In the last 400 years this rich medium has become almost extinct, Raghunath not only brought it back but also modernised it with his approach and selection of subjects.

Conflict Within

Internationally acclaimed Indian artist KS Radhkrishnan’s solo show, which was listed as one of the top five solo exhibitions by Indian artists in Asia by ArtInfo, was held at the Bengal Art Lounge. The exhibition displayed a multitude of bronze figures in ascending and descending shapes that call to mind the similarities shared by the humankind despite their continuous fights in the name of religion, gender, class and caste.

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