The first-ever art exhibition of forty different artists of Bangladesh in The Netherlands titled ‘Shades of Passion’ has begun at the Atrium City Hall of The Hague.
The exhibition that began on Friday will continue April 13, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Saturday.
Deputy Mayor of The Hague Rabin Baldewsingh attended the inaugural session of the exhibition as the chief guest while eminent artist of Bangladesh Rafiqun Nabi was the guest of honour.
Nabi is accompanied by two more young artists of Bangladesh Dr Mohammad Iqbal Ali and Pradyut Kumar Das.
Total forty paintings of Bangladeshi artists and two paintings of Anika Ahmed, a Bangladesh origin artist based in the Netherlands have been exhibited.
The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague, Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
More than 100 guests, comprised of members of diplomatic core, representative of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local media, members of Dutch Artist community, students, expatriate Bangladesh community attended the opening ceremony.
Ambassador of Bangladesh Sheikh Mohammed Belal talked about the immense contribution of artists to connect the societies and countries across the border.
He highlighted that contemporary generations of Bangladeshi artists are maintaining legacy of their pioneer Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and Patua Quamrul Hassan very well.
The diplomat mentioned that we are honoured to have this exhibition organized in the Netherlands, a country of master painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh – who remain the inspiration for artists through the ages.
Deputy Mayor of The Hague mentioned that as a nation the Dutch are connoisseurs of art and culture, and indeed this is a unique opportunity to exhibit resilience and serenity of Bangladesh in The Netherlands.
He said this exhibition would further strengthen the bondage of two countries mentioning that Bangladesh has a high sense of culture- be it art, literature or music.