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Mrinal Haque’s celebrity sculptures on display in Dhaka

  • Published at 08:42 pm January 20th, 2019
Fiberglass figures of Mother Teresa, Sheikh Hasina and Donald Trump on display at Mrinal Haque's Celebrity Gallery exhibition in Dhaka | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Visitors have likened the exhibition to Madame Tussaud’s wax museums

Sculptor Mrinal Haque has been exhibiting an excellent collection of his work at a Gulshan house since December 8 last year.

Fiberglass statues of renowned people – domestic and international, fictional and real – make up what Mrinal calls his “Celebrity Gallery” which could perchance rival Madame Tussaud’s.

The line-up includes Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump, Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Mother Teresa, Che Guevara, Michael Jackson, Kshudiram Basu, Charlie Chaplin, Lionel Messi, Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean, Shahrukh Khan, The Three Stooges (Larry, Mo, and Curly), Princess Diana, Suchitra Sen, Shakira, Yoda, Bob Marley, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, the Na’vi from James Cameron’s Avatar. Spider Man, and several others.

Kazi Nazrul Islam behind bars as a fibreglass sculpture in Mrinal Haque's Celebrity Exhibition gallery in Dhaka | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Sheikh Hasina’s statue, flanked by Mother Teresa, depicts an evergreen form, while her neighbour Trump seems to have come out of the 90s or 80s, when he was much leaner. The standout is Kazi Nazrul Islam, with glaring eyes and a prison-themed diorama that sets the tone for the rebel poet. The Na’vi exhibit certainly took a lot of effort to set the jungle vibe. And then there is petrified expression on Princess Diana’s countenance.

But, the effort and credit, all go to Mrinal Haque, who funded this endeavour out of his own pockets.

He said he plans to showcase 40 statues on the second floor of the building. The reception from visitors was warm on the first day, but a distinct lack of publicity has been detrimental.

Several visitors have likened the exhibition to Madame Tussaud’s wax museums around the world.

The gallery is located in house 5/A, at the corner of road#2 and road#5. The gallery remains open every day for visitors from 12-8pm. There is a Tk500 entry fee.