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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A 17-day show of sculptures by Henry Moore and other contemporary British sculptors began at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhaka on Monday.

The adviser in-charge of the foreign affairs ministry, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, inaugurated the exhibition, titled ‘Long distance information’ featuring the earliest works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

British high commissioner in Bangladesh, Anwar Chowdhury, attended as special guest at the show organised by Bengal Gallery and British Council following a successful exhibition of Henry Moore prints’ in December 2006.

British Council director June Rollinson, Bengal Foundation director general Luva Nahid Chowdhury and BRAC Bank head of marketing and corporate affairs Abedur Rahman Sikder, among others, spoke on the occasion.

A total of 18 sculptors by 17 artists, including Anthony Caro, Barry Flanagan, Bill Woodrow, Richard Long, Mona Hatoum, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Wentworth, Jane Simpson, Mariele Neudecker, David Shrigley, Simon Patterson, Jim Lambie, John Wood, Paul Harrison and Nathan Coley, are on display.

The show, sponsored by BRAC Bank, will remain open for all from noon to 8:00pm till February 13. Besides, the organisers will hold a number of workshops at the gallery, the Institute of Fine Art of Dhaka University and Rajshahi University.

British Council London’s director of Visual Arts Andrea Rose, who gave a message in a brochure on the show, said, ‘The show will make reference to ways in which British traditions have been enriched by artists who have brought ideas from outside the Western mainstream’.

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