9th National art exhibition concludes at PNCA

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 27 (APP):A two-month-long 9th National Art Exhibition representing all provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan
and Azad Jammu Kashmir concluded here at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
Speaking on the occasion, Director General PNCA Syed Jamal Shah said that the exhibition
was dedicated to the nine legendary artists of Pakistan: Ahmed Khan, Bashir Ahmad, Colin David
(Late), Hajra Mansur, Ijaz ul Hassan, Mansur Rahi, Iqbal Geofrey, Saeed Akhtar and Zulqarnain
Haider.
He said that these artists are the icons of Pakistani art and have contributed their best to the promotion of art in the country. The exhibition was part of the 70th Independence Day celebrations
and were revived after a gap of 13 years as a regular annual event, he added.
He said: “Prior to the big event, PNCA had organized a series of regional exhibitions representing all provinces, which were given relevant context according to the cultural heritage of the land from Mehergarh to Quetta, Harappa to Lahore via Katas, Akra to Peshawar via Takht Bai, Mohenjo-Daro
to Karachi via Makli and from Takht Bai to Islamabad.”
The exhibition displayed a highly diversified range of experimentation both in 2D and 3D work including sculpture, installations and videos.
As many as 556 paintings and 140 sculptures and installations by 384 artists from all over the country were put on display that attracted a huge number of art lovers.
These works were selected from the regional exhibitions that PNCA organized during the last several months. The themes of the regional exhibitions were quite different this time from Mehergarh to Quetta, Harappa to Lahore via Katas, Akra to Peshawar via Takht Bai, Mohenjo-Daro to Karachi via Makli, and from Takhtbai to Islamabad.
“Situation 101”, a contemporary creative installation by Jamal Shah, remained the centre of attraction with 101 sculptures in a very oddly humble situation and with a 25 feet high cage. The installation was a bold reflection of the entire nation being fooled by the influential.