Gallery 21 returns after almost a decade with a group art exhibition, featuring the works of renowned Bangladeshi painters. The exhibition opened on April 5 at its new premises at Taj Lily, Satmasjid Road in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Finance Minister AMA Muhith was present as chief guest at the programme. The exhibition will continue till April 30.
Fifty-five artists’ works are on display at the exhibition. Participating artists are: Syed Jahangir, Rafiqun Nabi, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Mahmudul Haque, Abdus Satter, Abul Barq Alvi, Abdus Shakoor, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Syed Abdullah Khalid, Shahid Kabir, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Rokeya Sultana, Ranjit Das, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Mohammad Iqbal, Rafi Haque, Shameem Subrana, Fareha Zeba, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Gulshan Hossain, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Mohammad Eunus, Khalid Mahmood Mithu, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa and others.
On the long break, Shameem Subrana, founder director of Gallery 21, said, “My son Shabab’s death had taken away my determination to do anything. I stopped painting and couldn’t run the gallery any more. With the support of my loved ones, and of course Simeen Hussain Rimi MP, I have found the courage to start again, reminding myself that this is what Shabab would have wanted me to do.”
This time Subrana has partnered with Rimi, who is an art enthusiast.
Simeen Hussain Rimi, on her decision to provide Gallery 21 the space at the premises of her parental home, said, “Gallery 21 was one of my favorite places in Dhaka. When it closed down, I missed it. Every time I would go past Satmasjid Road, I would think about the gallery. When ten years later, my sense of loss remained, I knew I had to do my part to bring it back. I knew I had to encourage Subrana. I offered her this space because of its proximity to the old Gallery 21.”