The month-long art festival was inaugurated by the finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, yesterday morning.
After inaugurating the event, the finance minister said, “This biennale will help to display our arts to the world, breaking the country's political, social and economic barriers.”
Asaduzzaman Noor, the minister of cultural affairs who graced the inaugural ceremony as the special guest, said, “The country's history, heritage and culture are thousands of years old. We aspire to spread our ceaseless culture to the world.”
“These arts biennale create intense cultural relationship with other countries, which play a pivotal role in building the country's overall correlation with those countries,” he added.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, the director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, and the convener of the 17th Asian Art Biennale, delivered his addressing speech in this programme.
This year, the 'Honourable Mention Award' was handed over to five artists, Kuntal Baroi, Bipasha Hayat, Rajib Kumar Ray, Shamol Chandro Sarker, and Dilip Kumar Karmokar.
The 'Grand Award' was handed over to three artists – Kamrurzzaman Shadin, Harunur Rashid and Dagmara Wyskiel from Chile.