The Afghan Art Award will be handed in the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. The prize is awarded to the best Afghan artists living in the Netherlands. The twelve nominees are exhibiting their work in the Van Abbe Museum at the moment.
The exhibition is not an initiative of the museum itself. The Union of Afghan Associations has taken the lead in the organization. Among others the Association of Afghan Women in Eindhoven is part of it.
It is a very diverse exhibition displaying many works such as pictures, poems, paintings and installations.
The relationship of Van Abbe Museum and Afghanistan goes way back. The museum is doing research on art in the war-torn country. This project is an initiative of Shafiq Omar, an Afghan employee of the museum. The museum is also attempting to contact artists from Afghanistan. There is a plan to exhibit works directly from Afghanistan in an exhibition at the Van Abbe museum in two years.
Next Sunday the prize will be awarded by the Afghan ambassador in the Netherlands, Obaidullah Obaid. In advance the artists will explain about their work. The official presentation will begin at three o’clock in the afternoon.