COMSATS University holds Exhibition of Warhol and Van Zomeren Artwork


ISLAMABAD:   (Parliament Times)  Press Release  COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) is hosting a unique traveling
art exhibition “All Is Pretty” at the COMSATS Art Gallery based in its Islamabad
Campus. The exhibit was jointly conceived by the CUI Department of Art and
Design, Institute of Art and Culture (IAC), Lahore and Witte Modern, Netherlands.
The Exhibition is titled “All is Pretty” and is in part a literal reference to its meaning as
well as a saying by the artist himself. The exhibit displays artworks by a famous pop
art artist along with works from the outsider art movement highlighting the idea that
all art is equal.
Mr. Wouter Plomp, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Pakistan,
inaugurated the exhibition and highlighted the significance of technological,
economic and cultural cooperation among countries. The exhibition was possible
due to the cooperation of Dutch and Pakistani entrepreneurs, otherwise jointly
working on an economic project related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal, Vice-Chancellor, Institute of Art and Culture (IAC),
Lahore, while speaking at the inaugural, paid rich tribute to the artists in shaping
contemporary and modern art. She said that preserving and sharing art with the
masses was now only possible through the efforts of private art collectors and
Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, Rector COMSATS University in his remarks highlighted the
importance of liberal arts towards building a modern and progressive society. He
stressed that art was the common heritage of humankind and is an expression of the
love of natural beauty. Tracing the history of art to early population migrations from
Africa to Indonesia and later Australia, Prof. Raheel said that it was stimulating to
see an amalgamation of art with scientific knowledge and population migration
derived from archeological sources.
Prof. Raheel Qamar, lauded the artistic works of Andy Warhol and said that he was
undoubtedly a modern renaissance man. The art works on the exhibition will be
available for display for local school and university students in Islamabad, in order to
share the artistic legacy with future generations, he added.
The aim of this traveling exhibition is to discover the extensive collection of Iconic
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) posters, limited edition Spanish newspaper lithographs
and number of water colors by a postwar Dutch artist Trudi Van Zomeren (1945-
2011). A number of diplomats from Europe, as well as students, faculty and artists
participated in the inaugural session of the exhibition.