June 20. 2024. 1:07

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Panel discussion on Pakistan’s fabled miniature art organized in Brussels


The event was part of the Pakistan Panorama Series, featuring Pakistani artists, presenting a representative selection of Pakistan’s most interesting and emerging contemporary art to the Belgian audience. The first exhibition of the series took place in December 2022 with the young artist Ms. Mina Arhram. Whereas, the weeklong upcoming exhibition of the Pakistani Miniature paintings by the visiting Pakistani couple will be held from 22nd March to 26 March in Brussels.

The lead speakers on the panel included renowned Pakistani Miniature artists, Mr. Shiblee Munir and Ms. Noreen Rashid. The founder and curator of the Red Moon Art Incubator Ms. Ellora Julie moderated the discussion.

The panalists underscored that Pakistan has produced a number of iconic and world-famous artists, like Sadiquain, Abdur Rehman Chughtai, Ismail Gul Jee, Ustad Allah Bakhsh, Anna Molka Ahmed, Zubaida Agha, etc. They also highlighted the history and development of miniature art in the Flanders region of Belgium and indicated the cross-cultural influences and linkages between the respective techniques and styles of the various art centers of medieval times.

While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shiblee Muneer described the history of miniature paintings in Pakistan and the role of his forefathers in development and evolution of the miniature art in Pakistan.

In her remarks, Ms. Noureen Rashid explained the contours of the contemporary art scene in Pakistan. She also briefed the audience about the techniques involved in the formation of specially prepared colors as well as handmade art paper called wasli.

The moderator Ms. Elora Julie expressed gratitude to the Embassy of Pakistan for patronizing the event. She underscored that such event would act as a bridge between the people of the two countries.

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The event was attended by art enthusiasts, civil society members, members of the diplomatic corps and media representatives.

The event was followed by traditional Pakistani cuisine which was highly appreciated by the participants.

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