In 2012, the Dhaka Art Summit was created by the Samdanis, a rich Bangladeshi industrialist couple. The previous year, the pair launched the Samdani Art Foundation boasting an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art by Bangladeshi and international artists. Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani have done well: from February 5 through 8 this year, with the help of their curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, they successfully attracted over 138,000 visitors to Dhaka, 300 artists and speakers, and 700 international actors from the art world. The Samdanis’ investment allowed for free access to the fair, which locals made the most of — they represented 65% of the visitors.
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