Dhaka: The Dhaka Art Summit took place from April 12-15, 2012, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was the first large-scale initiative to showcase artists in Bangladesh and was organised and supported by the Samdani Art Foundation. The Dhaka Art Summit included major curated exhibitions including a general exhibition at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy showcasing art practices across mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation, and performance art; over 249 artists were showcased from across Bangladesh (shortlisted by the Dhaka Art Summit Selection Committee) including emerging artists as well as internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi artists such as Zainul Abedin, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Naeem Mohaiemen, Mahbubur Rahman, Tayeba Begum Lipi, and more. As part of Dhaka Art Summit the Bangladesh National Museum held an exhibition of Bangladeshi Modern Masters, and the highly regarded independent artist space Britto Arts Trust curated an exhibition of contemporary Bangladeshi art. Dhaka Art Summit also included several other exhibitions around the city, and private receptions for collectors.
The Dhaka Art Summit introduced the Samdani Artist Development Award and the Samdani Young Talent Award. The winners were selected by an international jury panel which included Deepak Ananth, Professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris, Elaine W Ng, Editor & Publisher of Art Asia Pacific, Kyla McDonald, Asst. Curator of International Art at Tate Modern Museum, Ravinder Reddy, renowned Indian Artist, Bose Krishnamachari, founder of Kochi Biennale and Shahabuddin Ahmed, one of Bangladesh’s leading artists. Khaled Hasan was the winner of the Samdani Artist Development Award (The prize money given for the award was BDT 1 million which is equivalent to Rs 6 lakh) and Musrat Reazi was the winner of the Samdani Young Talent Award (The prize money given for the award was BDT 0.5 Million which is equivalent to Rs 3 lakh)
The programme of talks was attended by over 500 people and speakers included Dr. Amin Jaffer, International Director of Asian Art at Christie's, Deepak Ananth, Professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, Dr. Deepanjana Klein, Specialist in the Modern Contemporary South Asian Art Department at Christies, Elaine W. Ng, Editor & Publisher of Art Asia Pacific, Fabio Rossi, Director of Rossi & Rossi Gallery, Kyla McDonald, Asst. Curator of International Art at Tate Modern Museum, Prateek Raja, Founder and director of Experimenter Gallery, Rashid Rana, renowned contemporary artist, Dr. Shahidul Alam, Founder of Drik and photographer, Tayeba Begum Lipi, artist and Founder- Trustees of Britto Arts Trust, Yamini Mehta, Specialist and Head of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art at Christie’s.
The 4 day event was visited by over 50,000 people at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy including students, artists, collectors, art enthusiasts and the general public from across Bangladesh, as well as several international curators, collectors, auction houses, museums, galleries, artists, and international press.