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MURSHIDA ARZU ALPANA (Bangladesh, Dhaka b. 1961 / act: Berlin & Dhaka)

Murshida Arzu Alpana Murshida Arzu Alpana was born on 1 August 1961 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She studied drawing and painting fine arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (1977-1983). She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India (1986-1988) with K.G. Subramanyan and Jogen Chowdhury. She received a Master of Experimental Painting at Hochschule der Künste - HdK, Berlin, Germany (1996-1998) with Karl Horst Hodicke. She received the following scholarships: Ministry of Education and Culture, ICCR, India (1986-1988); and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - DAAD, Berlin, Germany (1993-1995). She has received the following awards: Khawaja Shafique Ahmed Memorial Award in Watercolor, Dhaka (1980); Best Award in Class, Dhaka (1982); Schilpacharjya Jainul Abedin Award, Dhaka (1983); Best Overseas Artist Award in Oil, ROSL Golden Jubilee Trust, London (1992); 2nd Prize in Watercolor, 7th & 8th Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Toronto, Canada (1993); 3rd Graphikprize of Griffelkunst, Hamburg (1995); 2nd Prize Award by Young Music, Munich (1996); 1st Prize Award by Young Music, Munich (1999); People & Technique, CECMG Hanover (2003); Best Women in Bangladesh, Ananna Fine Arts Organization, Dhaka (2006).

Murshida Arzu Alpana presented the following personal exhibitions: Landscape of Santiniketan, Santiniketan, India (1988); Of Beauty and Aspiration, La Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1992); Galerie De L'Alliance Francaise, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1992); Paintings & Silkscreen Prints, Royal Overseas League House, Edinburgh, U.K. (1994); Paintings & Silkscreen Prints, Royal Overseas League House, London, U.K. (1995); Paintings & Prints, Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, Warwickshire, England (1995); Paintings & Prints, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, U.K. (1995); Colour + Relation, Gallerie Wolf, Berlin (1995); Glass Painting, Gallery Open apARTment, M. Pels Leusden, Berlin (1997); Glass Painting, Painting and Paperwork, Galerie Pin, Bielefeld (1999); Painting, Sculpture and Video, Just Art Gallery, Berlin (1999); Room between Dynamism and Silence, Schering Kunstverein, Berlin (2000); Digital Heads, Rosl Arts: Edinburgh, U.K. (2002); Digital Heads, Rosl Arts, London (2003); All Nations Festival: Contemporary Art, The Embassy of Bangladesh, Berlin (2004); Wolff & Müller: A Retrospective -10 years work in Europe, Galerie 360GRAD, Berlin (2004); Spagat: Living in Two Worlds, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006); View of People, Nering + Stern Gallery, Berlin (2006); The North Meets The South, Nering + Stern Gallery, Berlin (2006); The Time 20 Tears Back - Up to Now, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta, India (2008); On a Golden Day, Läkemäker Gallery, Berlin (2009).

She has also taken part in the following group exhibitions: 4th Asian Art Biennale, National Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1989); Contemporary Painting of Bangladesh, Beijing, China (1989); International Print Exhibition Premio Internazionale Biella: Perl' Incisiane, Genoa / Florence, Italy (1990); Landscape of Bangladesh, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1990); 5th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh National Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1991); 10th National Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1992); Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangladesh (1992); International Art Exhibition: 37 Rooms, Berlin, Germany (1992); Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Overseas League House, London, England (1992); South Asian Contemporary Art Festival, Delhi, India (1992); 7th & 8th International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Dell Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada (1993); Exposition, Paris, France (1993); 11th Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Overseas League House, London, England (1994); 11th Annual Open Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, U.K. (1994); 50 International Young Artists Exhibition, Art Cra' Gallery, Accra / Ghana, Africa (1995); 3. Graphikprize of Griffelkunst Members, Hamburg, Germany (1995); 30 Days - 30 Artists, Galerie Wolf, Berlin, Germany (1996); Art from Bangladesh, Galerie Wolf & Gallery Domäne, Neu-Gaarz, Germany (1996); Art Messe, Galerie Wolf , Dresden , Germany (1997); Berlin Bilder, Raab Gallery, Berlin, Germany (1997); Zwei Räume, Galerie Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin (1998); International Sculpture Show in Nature, Baumschule Upmann + Galerie Pin, Bielefeld, Germany (1999); Visions of People, In the GTZ, Eschborn, Germany (2001); Art Messe: 14th Art Happenings, Abtei Brauweiler, Pulheim, Germany (2002); World in 4 Colors, Parliament Gallery, Berlin (2003); Germans and non-Germans, Church Street Gallery, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. (2003); L'Art Visit, Exclusive Art & Galerie Nering + Stern, Gallery 360GRAD, Berlin (2003); Galerie Nering + Stern, Berlin, Germany (2003); Giorgio Gaber, Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi, Milan, Italy (2004); The World in Between, In Pumpwerk, Berlin (2004); Intercultural Art: N° Zero, Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi, Milan, Italy (2004); Step Forward, Galerie Nering + Stern, Berlin , Germany (2004); Contemporary Modern Art, State Museum, Tivat, Montenegro (2004); Heads and Portraits, Galerie Nering + Stern, Berlin (2004); The Internationals: 4 Continents, 4 Countries, 4 Artists, Millenia Fine Art, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. (2004); 9 Positions in Modern Art, Art on Display, Korschenbroich (2005); 5 International Artists Show, Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi, Milan, Italy (2005); Art and Car, Gallery 360GRAD, Berlin, Germany (2005); Illusion and Limitation, Galerie Rodolfo, Berlin (2005); Asian Pacific Week, Galerie Nering + Stern, Berlin, Germany (2005); 7 Positions in Modern Art, Art on Display, Dueren, Germany (2005); International Artists Show, Galeria Bianca Maria Rizzi, Naples, Italy (2006); The Voice of Others, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006); Harmony, Galerie De L'Alliance Francaise, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006); International Artists Show, Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi, Catania, Italy (2006); Contemporary Artists Show, Galleria Millenia, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. (2006); London Art Fair, Galerie Wolff, London, England (2006); 21 Artists Show: 12 a.m. - 12 p.m., Berlin, Germany (2006); Palmbeach 3: International Art Fair, Millenia Fine Art, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. (2006); Two Steps Forward, Kindervilla in Neukölln, Berlin , Germany (2007); Developments and Changes, In the GTZ, Eschborn, Germany (2007); Akar-Prakar Art Gallery, Calcutta, India (2008); Point Of View Art Gallery, Mumbai, India (2008); 3 Art Now: Online Global Art Annual, London, England (2008); Crossroads #1: A Sustainable World is a Just World, Pro-Art / M. Legakis Gallery, Athens , Greece (2009); Bangladesh Contemporary and Folk Art Exhibition, Orient Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan (2009); The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn: Homage to the National Poet of Japan who was born in Greece, The American College of Greece, Athens (2009).

Artworks by Murshida Arzu Alpana are kept at the following institutions: The American College of Greece, Athens; Ahsan Manjeel Museum, Dhaka; Art at Henning, Berlin; Bangla Academy Museum, Dhaka; Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka; Contemporary National Art Gallery, Dhaka; Contemporary Modern Art State Museum, Montenegro; GTZ Eschborn, Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art. Ministry of Culture, Nairobi, Kenya; Dresdner Bank AG, Berlin; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry; Hypo Vereinsbank, Berlin; Royal Overseas League House, London; Schering Kunstverein Berlin.

Since 1993 Murshida Arzu Alpana currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Dhaka, Bangladesh.

[Megakles 08/2009]

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