Dhaka is home to some of the most exquisite pieces of Fine Art. People here have an immense love for art in all forms. Galleries therefore play a significant role in our lives. Dhaka dwellers consider art galleries as a way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Some well-known art galleries around Dhaka are:
National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery was founded in 1974 as a part of Shilpakala Academy. This huge multi storied gallery with amazing architecture is bound to make an impression. The gallery has artworks of prominent national artists, such as Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan and many more. They began hosting different art events and exhibitions from 1975. Since 1982, the National Art Gallery has been hosting two yearly Asian art exhibitions.
National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 02-9550602
Bengal Gallery of Fine Art:
The Bengal Gallery of Fine Art is a premier art gallery that started its journey in the year 2000. The gallery is owned by an industrialist, Mr. Abul Khair. Since its inception, the gallery has hosted the works of over 250 artists from all over the world. They host at least two exhibitions every month. This gallery is also known for their frequent workshops where artists and art lovers can come and share their views on art.
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Bengal Shilpalaya 275/F, Road 16, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh, +880 28 901133
La Galerie at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka
This is one of the most renowned galleries of Dhaka. It is actually a part of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting French culture in Bangladesh. La Galerie holds over 20 exhibitions around the year. They are particularly celebrated for their contribution to coupling the works of French and Bangladeshi artists.
La Galerie at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, 26 Mirpur Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh, +880 29 675249
Probably one of the most popular galleries of recent times, The Dirk Gallery is the largest privately owned gallery in the entire country. The multi-storied gallery occupies around 2,796 square feet. The owner of the Gallery is Dr. Shahidul Alam who has been running the gallery successfully for over twenty years since its foundation in August 1993. The gallery hosts 4-5 exhibitions every month. They are also known for holding the biggest photo festival of Asia that takes place once every two years.
Drik Gallery, House 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh, +880 29 120125
Founded in 2000, Gallery Chitrak offers a blend of various artworks from both local and international artists. While portraying the work of renowned artists, Gallery Chitrak actively works to promote rising artists as well. They are also involved in many charity works that assists underprivileged children in Bangladesh. Gallery Chitrak hosts exhibition with specific themes in an effort to make artwork more interesting to viewers.
Gallery Chitrak, House 4, Road 6, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh, +880 1715 026980
These are just some noteworthy mentions from a pool of different art galleries that adorn Dhaka city. Visiting Art Galleries, embarking on the imaginative minds of artists, is an interesting way to fill your days in Dhaka.