Pakistan's National Art Gallery Naming Controversy

by Murtaza Vali

The opening of Pakistan's much-delayed National Art Gallery in Islamabad has hit another speed bump after the March 26 inauguration ceremony, already pushed back due to construction delays, was postponed indefinitely due to a conflict with President General Pervez Musharraf's schedule. The country's visual arts community is up in arms against the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), the body overseeing the USD 7.53 million federal project, over alleged plans to change the institution's name to Pakistan Centre of the Creative Arts and designate parts of…

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