Artists say NAG turning into boring

Some senior artists said NAG was turning into boring and required a lot of up to date artworks put in in its galleries for the viewers’ pleasure.
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May 28, 2012 - PRLog -- The National Art Gallery could be a fashionable edifice on the skin however that doesn't replicate within. it's been nearly a decade since the gallery created major art acquisitions.

“Contemporary art is creating fast advances. Everyday up to date art, like miniature or calligraphy, transforms the art scene.

The gallery desires such works in its permanent collections. we have a tendency to are showing ten years previous art to school and university students who visit us,”
said a senior official within the PNCA (Pakistan National Council of the Arts), who attributed the crippled progress of NAG to shortage of funds.According to officers within the NAG, the last major inductions done through the advisory committee on visual arts, created from revered artists from round the country, was virtually twenty years back when Khalid Syed Butt was the director general PNCA. He included Zubeida Agha’s works, who was the primary Pakistani fashionable artist and helped bring the trendy idiom to Pakistan; Sumaya Durrani, a Karachi-based practicing artist, and Jamil Naqsh, best known for his feminine nude figures, and a student of Shakir Ali to NAG’s permanent collections.

Later in Nineties, author and poet Kishwar Naheed was additionally captivated with supporting art and acquiring a lot of works.

According to the NAG officers, the last time 3 or four inductions using personal influences were Anna Molka Ahmed’s priceless mural known as the ‘Dance of Death’, Jamil Naqsh’s wood sculpture ‘Cry I’, Shakir Ali’s landscape oil on canvas and Rabia Zuberi’s ‘Human Existence’ capturing totally different moods placed at the doorway within NAG when it moved into the new premises in 2007.

Not solely is NAG missing works of dynamic Lahore-based painter Imran Qureshi, Shazia Sikander, who specialised in Mughal miniature painting and Persian miniature painting, or of Bashir Ahmed, a master painter, who founded the miniature department within the National school of Arts Lahore, the gallery even doesn't have one in all Pakistan’s foremost calligrapher Rasheed Butt’s contact data as well as acquire his recent works. The last time NAG acquired Raheed Butt’s works was between 1980 and 1982, said the senior official of PNCA.

Art critic Quddus Mirza additionally believed that in principle all public galleries ought to update their permanent collections.

Director/Curator NCA Gallery, Lahore, Qudsia Rahim additionally believed that NAG required to speculate in art a lot of, not simply visual however all types of arts. to assist them grow in anyway attainable. “The gallery is lacking in ideology. One expects them not simply to gather older art however perceive and appreciate up to date works additionally,” said Qudsia Rahim who recently visited NAG.

When contacted, Director General PNCA Tauqir Nasir said budget constraint was a serious hurdle in acquisition of newer artworks.

“The advisory committee on visual arts that used to recommended/select art works for acquisition to stay increase the stock pile was discontinued. however it'll be revived soon,” he said, explaining how promotion of visual arts was the essential mandate of NAG.

He attributed additional delay to the budget cuts. “And the PNCA has been connected to many departments within the recent past and then
devolution hit us too. it'll be another four or 5 months for the PNCA to stabilise and find things organised,” said Mr Nasir.
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