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15 January 2014 HRH Premier Opens Bahrain’s 40th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
HRH Premier Opens Bahrain’s 40th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition

Bahrain is a recognized prominent cradle of civilization and human heritage because it boasts a diverse and rich heritage and artistic record, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said. HRH affirmed that Bahrain has embraced all human life concepts and advanced its cultural and knowledge movements, noting that the wide prospects of life and art in Bahrain have resulted in the development and modernization of the various schools of the artistic movement. He added that the increasing number of participants in this year's Fine Art Expo has provided visitors with more expressive and attractive paintings that showcase the exceptional creativity of artists.

This came as HRH Premier patronized, in the presence of Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, ministers, MPs, senior officials, diplomatic corps, press, media and business figures, intellectuals and plastic artists, the opening of the 40th edition of the Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition , held at the Bahrain International Museum.

HRH admired the Bahraini artists' masterpieces, experiences and creative techniques, asserting that this year's edition maintained its glamour and showcased the creativity of Bahraini artists. “In this phase, we are in dire need for a modern artistic message that promotes love and tolerance and entrenches the deep-rooted genuine values of the Bahraini society," he said. HRH has asserted that Bahraini plastic artists have, thanks to their creativity and visions, laid the basis for a distinguished artistic school based on a rich human and civilizational heritage that reflects the kingdom's deep-rooted history.

HRH Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Kahlifa, affirmed that Bahrain's support for cultural and artistic activities was in line with its belief that that they represented a cauldron that preserved peoples' memories and reflected their national achievements and development strides in all fields. The Prime Minister underscored the pivotal role played by culture, arts and literature throughout human history, stressing that no society can progress without giving them their due importance, due to their essential role in forming the public opinion and enlightening it. The Premier toured the exhibition pavilions and was briefed by fine artists on their displayed works representing various artistic schools.

HRH admired the artistic works showcased in the exhibition, pledging that Bahrain will always embrace intellectuals and creators in all fields, giving the great role of art in developing and refining peoples' artistic schools of thought. the Premier pointed out that the opening of the 40th edition of the Bahrain Fine Art Exhibition reflected the event's success and prestigious local, regional and international reputation, which, he said, has encouraged artists to participate in it annually. HRH asserted that the expo represented a distinguished Bahraini mark created by successive generations of Bahraini artists and provided a venue for artists from all over the world to meet and share their experiences.

HRH Premier wrote a statement in the Exhibition history record book in which H.E expressed delight at meeting Bahraini artists, and praised the Culture Ministry's dedication of this whole to the theme of art in Bahrain. HRH added that the 40th anniversary of the Bahrain Fine Art Exhibition and 30th anniversary of the Bahrain Arts Society were two dear occasions that reflected the importance of art as a universal means of communication. HRH noted that the two occasions testified to the rich history of the fine art movement in Bahrain.

HRH Premier expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Interior Ministry's Undersecretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs and the Honorary President of the Bahrain Arts Society Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and all the affiliates of the Culture Ministry for their efforts to organise such a beautiful annual event.

Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa extended sincere thanks and gratitude to HRH Premier for his patronage of the Expo ever since it was first launched, noting that the Premier's kind gesture provided support to artists and reflects the kingdom's interest in their artistic works and creativity.

H.E added that Manama was celebrating the "2014, Our Year of Art" programme, the 40th anniversary of the Expo and the 30th anniversary of the Bahrain Arts Society. H.E Minister of Culture also paid tribute to Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa for his constant cooperation and interest in the fine arts movement in the kingdom.

The fine arts movement in Bahrain is in a state of constant evolution, with artistic endeavors playing a leading role in the development of modern Bahraini culture. The achievements of this movement beautifully summarize of the accelerated progress of the Bahraini people’s creativity. Spearheaded by a collection of imaginative artistic pioneers, these achievements are a microcosm of the progress of the local arts scene in general, and a reflection of the profound potential of the Bahraini people in relation with their environment and how they choose to express that relationship through their art. A quick scan of these artists’ work reveals a cornucopia of cross-cultural influences, and contemporary schools of art express through a wide range of media as rich and nuanced as any arts movement elsewhere in the world.
The government’s support of culture in general, and fine arts in particular over the past 40 years through such events as the Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition, has fueled the proliferation of the arts, and helped uncover hidden talents that have contributed in big ways to further advancing this movement. Another important catalyst have been the fine arts societies, leading the way on the grassroots level, and creating a strong synergy and solid foundation for the arts moving forward.
Moreover, the patronage over the years of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, of this exhibition and interest in the works exhibited therein and their artists further illustrated the government’s support of cultural development, as part of its overall drive to develop the nation’s human capital.


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