MoU Inked to Document, Disseminate Information on Work of Sadequain

Sadequain Foundation (SF) and Gallery 6 in Islamabad have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to document and disseminate information on works of legendary artist the Late Sadequain. SF founder Salman Ahmad and Gallery 6 director Usama Arjumand signed the MoU.
Ahmad, a nephew of Sadequain, established SF in June 2002 in San Diego, USA. The SF is a non-profit organization and its Charter aims to locate Sadequain’s art pieces at institutions and in private collections to preserve them and introduce them to museums, universities and other institutions around the world.
Ahmad disclosed Sadequain painted more than 15,000 pieces of art comprising murals, paintings, calligraphies and drawings. In his lifetime, he produced such a large number of quality works that institutions produce over decades. Some of his achievements are matchless in the history of the world. He produced a 240 feet long calligraphic painting in 24 hours on October 26 to 27, 1972, a task worthy of mention in books of records. But this painting is untraceable.

Similarly, three art galleries were established in Sadequain’s name in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, when he was alive. After he passed away, the galleries were closed down and the paintings have been moved to store rooms, elsewhere, or some even reported stolen. Also, several of Sadequain’s murals are in a state of disrepair and some have gone missing. Thousands of paintings are in private homes and are not cared properly, hence decaying, Ahmad said, adding, no effort has been made by any authority for the recovery of the stolen paintings from official places and fakes in large numbers are selling with impunity. This is an alarming situation and calls for action, he added.

Besides this, there is need to do a lot of work to document and spread the information about the life, words and works of this master who possessed demonic powers and is an iconic figure of Pakistan. There is need to bring him not only to global attention and recognition but also to introduce and promote the work of Sadequain to the youth and coming generations in Pakistan, Ahmad maintained.




Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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