Orientation trips
The Mondriaan Fund organises orientation trips for visual artists and mediators to Asia, Latin America and Africa since 2004. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals.

Tuesday was a travel day again. After having presentations by our own in the morning in the infamous 007 restaurant of the hotel, we left like James Bonds, satisfied by what we had accomplished, or better experienced, in Karachi.
After a smooth flight we checked in into the new hotel in Lahore, a city that immediately appeared less dense, less polluted and less chaotic. This new environment was illuminated even more by the warm welcome we received by an important patron of the Pakistani modern and contemporary art: Shahla Saigol. On the way to her house we made a stop at the Lahore Art Gallery, a fantastic art nouveau building that holds a large selection of her art collection. The selection gave a great overview of the development of painting, where the influence of the turmoil political history gave a different reading.

Artist Rashid Rana spoke inspired about the painters, making very clear how a European perspective or a formal or even chronological linear reading, based on modernism for sure was not sufficient to dig the works.

The welcome dinner and drinks, after a quiet some days without alcohol a nice surprise : ), we mingled with very respected other guests among others the great painter and
art historian Ijazul Hassan (author of the standard book on modern art in Pakistan) and former minister, painter and poet Asif Ahmad Ali Daula, gentleman who shared their experiences of their relatively young country passionately.

Bart Rutten