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Mohammed Mahfoudh al Ardhi, chairman, Sohar International, hosted an exhibition to showcase award winning artists from Bangladesh at the Bait Muzna Gallery recently.

It was held in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Bangladeshi Art (SPBA).

The exhibition, titled ‘Abstracts and Reality’ was inaugurated under the patronage of H E Sheikh Saad Mohammed bin Said al Mardhouf al Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs, and served as a vehicle to showcase cross-border art of award-winning artists from Bangladesh. A first-of-its-kind platform in the Middle East, the exhibition aims to introduce the richness and diversity of art culture in Bangladesh to the Omani society. It will remain open to the public till April 19.

Ardhi said, “Any form of art is a powerful expression of creativity and plays an integral part in generating a positive narrative with a global impact. The relationship between Oman and Bangladesh dates back a millenary with the heritage and culture of the latter brimming with Omani and Arab values. While this exhibition aims to promote and exhibit art across borders, it also ties in perfectly with our vision as a world-leading Omani service company that adds value to the socio-economic development within the sultanate and encourages more venues of collaboration. We are delighted to be supporting the works of such fascinating, provocative and ground-breaking artists.”

Some of the artists whose work have been displayed include Monirul Islam, Mohammed Eunus, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Tajuddin Ahmed, Mohammed Iqbal, Jahangir Hossain and Maksuda Iqbal Nipa.

Each artist in this exhibition demonstrates the dramatic personal idiom of form and colour. Islam has been awarded the highest civilian award by the King of Spain with similar accolades bestowed on other artists. Paintings from the country are also regularly featured in international events in Venice, Tokyo, and Beijing.

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