Manama, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, deputized His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the Deputy Prime Minister, to open the 46th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) at the Bahrain National Museum and the Bahrain National Theatre.
HH Shaikh Mohammed was welcomed by BACA President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, opened the exhibition and toured its various where he was briefed by Shaikha Mai and the 68 participating artists on the creative artwork exhibited.
It gives me great pleasure to express my pride on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, to open the 46th Bahrain Annual Fine Art Exhibition organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities," HH Shaikh Mohammed said.
"The paintings and artwork that we saw today reflect Bahrain's deep-rooted and distinguished cultural and artistic movement embodied by the participating artists representing various creative schools and tendencies.
"This calls for expressing thanks and appreciation to Her Excellency Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa for the continuity of organizing events that embody the richness of the culture and heritage of the Kingdom of Bahrain in various fields and that preserve and highlight them in attractive and expressive ways."
HH Shaikh Mohammed also expressed appreciation to the participants, both Bahrainis and residents, and wished them further success under the support and encouragement by BACA.
Shaikha Mai expressed deep gratitude to His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, for his gracious patronage of the exhibition since its inception 46 years ago.
She said that his continuous patronage of the cultural movement in Bahrain in all its details reflects keen interest in the identity of Bahrain and in promoting its most beautiful image to the whole world.
Shaikha Mai also expressed her sincere thanks and appreciation to HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak for opening the exhibition on behalf of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister.
The exhibition continues to attract artistic creations from the pioneers of the fine art movement as well as from the younger generations who have shown great enthusiastic to participate, she added.
This reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the cultural and artistic movement in Bahrain, adding that by providing space and an appropriate setting for beauty and the arts, Bahrain enhances its civilizational approach and its outreach to people around the world, Shaikha Mai said.
The exhibition will remain open until February 15.
The winner in this year's exhibition are Jaafar Al Araibi, while Rashid Ahmed Al Araifi was second and Mohammed Al Mubarek was third.
Source: Bahrain News Agency