leading bangaldeshi contemporary artists presented at india art fair
supported by the samdani art foundation
art project: mahbubur rahman
·         A major  public art installation by artist Mahbubur Rahman
will feature in India Art Fair’s Art Projects section
·         Works by leading Bangladeshi contemporary artists
  Tayeba Begum Lipi, Ayesha Sultana and Mohammad Wahiduzzaman will be showcased for the first time at a major public art event in India
·         The Samdani Art Foundation announces the second edition
of the Dhaka Art Summit in 2014.
The Samdani Art Foundation, which brought a global focus on Bangaldeshi art by organizing the inaugural Dhaka Art Summit in 2012, will support the showcase of 4 leading Bangaldeshi contemporary artists at the upcoming India Art Fair 2013.  The Foundation is supporting an Art Project at the fair by highly regarded contemporary artist Mahbubur Rahman. Rahman’s project includes an elaborate installation cast out of army boots (measuring approximately 30X15X15 ft). Co-Founder &Trustee of the artist-led not-for-profit Britto Arts Trust, Rahman’s work challenges conventional aesthetics, ideology, and notions of self.
Contemporary Bangladeshi talent exhibited at the Samdani Art Foundation’s booth will include Tayeba Begum Lipi, co-Founder &Trustee of the Britto Arts Trust with her husband Mahbubur Rahman;  Ayesha Sultana, an artist and member of the Britto Arts Trust; and Mohammad Wahiduzzaman, winner of the Grand Prize at the 14th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh, 2010.
The exhibited works are not for sale, and are being presented by the Samdani Art Foundation as part of its commitment to advancing appreciation of Bangladeshi art in the region, and across the world. The Samdani Art Foundation is one of the supporting partners of the Speakers Forum at the India Art Fair.
Samdani Art Foundation is a not-for-profit art infrastructure development organization, involved in promoting Bangladeshi contemporary art in the international arena. It was founded in 2011 by the collector couple, Nadia & Rajeeb Samdani, who share a staggering commitment to uplifting the arts. With the goal of creating an international platform for emerging artists and Bangladesh’s vibrant art scene as a whole, the foundation hosts several art-related activities through the year.  Its two flagship events are the Dhaka Art Summit and the Samdani Art Award.
The groundbreaking Dhaka Art Summit invites art-lovers from all over the world to experience Bangladesh’s expansive visual culture – from folk art to video installations, under one roof. Funded by the Samdani Art Foundation, the Dhaka Art Summit provides a free showcase for local artists and unprecedented access to the international market.
The second session of the Dhaka Art Summit will take place in Febrary 2014.  Alongside local galleries, the Samdani Art Foundation will invite several international galleries and curators to participate in the Summit, and curate various shows in collaboration with local curators at the Summit venue. These exhibitions will focus on the work of contemporary South Asian artists.
The first Dhaka Art Summit took place in April 2012 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and saw a footfall of over 50,000 people. It included major curated exhibitions and showcased over 249 artists from across Bangladesh – including Zainul Abedin, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Naeem Mohaiemen, Mahbubur Rahman, Tayeba Begum Lipi, and more. Concurrently, the Bangladesh National Museum held an exhibition of Bangladeshi Modern Masters (which attracted 20,000 visitors), and the highly-regarded independent artist space, Britto Arts Trust, curated an exhibition of contemporary Bangladeshi art.  The Summit’s accompanying programme of talks was attended by over 500 people.
For more information on the Samdani Art Foundation’s presence at India Art Fair (31 January – 3 February 2013) in New Delhi, the Dhaka Art Summit 2014, or other initiatives supported by the foundation globally get in touch with Radhika Sen at Flint Asia:


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