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M.F. Husain show opens in Dhaka

Bangladesh was “proud to host Husain”, says the country’s Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu.

The first solo exhibition of Indian artist M.F. Husain’s works in Bangladesh was opened in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Minister of Information of Bangladesh Hasanul Haq Inu said Bangladesh was “proud to host Husain”. Titled as ‘M.F. Husain — Journey in Graphics’ the show will display 59 of the artist’s works in lithography, silkscreen and serigraph.

Global citizen

“We are delighted and proud to host Husain who, though was born and worked in India, is a global citizen, an international artist in every sense,” Mr. Inu told The Hindu. In recent years, Husain’s exhibitions in India faced agitations, which the Bangladesh Minister called “militancy.”

“While I am not aware of attempts to vandalise Husain’s shows, I would say it is militancy of uncultivated minds to indulge in such practices. It is expected from any non-communal society to respect an artist like Husain who was, like all artists, an evolved and liberal mind,” Mr. Inu said.

The works were put together by Husain, who died in June 2011, between 1969 to 2001.

The exhibition, hosted by Galleri Kaya, will continue for a week.

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