The 23rd edition of the Young Artists' Fine Arts Exhibition came to an end at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) Saturday.
Known as one of the flagship art events of the BSA, the month-long biennale exhibition is organised by the BSA's fine arts department. It showcased 422 artworks by 356 artists this year.
Since 1975, the biennale exhibition has earned recognition from art lovers around the whole nation as a festivity and celebration of modern artworks and crafts
The year's exhibition, initially scheduled to continue till August 25, was extended due to audience demand.
Legendary painter and art maestro Mustafa Monwar joined the concluding ceremony as chief guest. Artist Zahid Mustafa presented a review of the artworks of the young artists.
This year's edition received 2,034 artworks under 11 categories – paintings, sculptures, print and video illustrations, craft works, pottery crafts, architectural and oriental arts, performance art, photography and new media arts, from 1,019 artists aged 21 to 35.
A unique and specially curated subject-based art installation was displayed by 10 fine arts institutions in the country including Dhaka University, Chittagong University, Rajshahi University, Khulna University, and National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam University.
The primary selection committee comprised Professor Pranab Mitra Chowdhury, artist Kamal Pasha Chowdhury, Professor Nihar Ronjon Singha, artist Shayla Sharmin, photographer Ashfaque Ahmed and artist Zihan Karim.
The jury board for selecting the best artworks featured Professor Abul Barq Alvi, Farida Zaman, artist Siddhartha Talukder, artist Lala Rukh Selim, artist Ziaul Karim and eminent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun.