Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz Lectures In School of Art, Design And Architecture(SADA) at UOG
Art is a representation of the real. It is closely related to spiritualism. Since the concept of reality has always been changing in history so art forms and styles have also been changing from time to time. Art is based on the beautiful and exhumes beauty in its artifacts. The primeval value of art is beauty. It is not divorced from socio-cultural make up of a society. It is rather an original, innovative or creative perception of reality. Primitive art like the Greeks is immortal. It is because of the fact that primitive man,lived in direct company of Nature and was at all times exposed to its grandeur and majesty that is why it could create models of art which like nature are ever living. Again at the age of Renaissance, it was primitive art which inspired great geniuses like Dante, Leonarda Da Vinchi and the European consciousness at large, which is one of the best periods of human creativity.
Another aspect and source of great art is metaphysics. Man is a mystery and this mystique is the result of divine element permeated in the make up of human beings. Spiritual values of man are an eternal source of great art. Postmodernism the cultural logic of late capitalism has disseminated materialism, cheap consumerism and fetishized objects and products instead of voicing out human concerns. The great age of humanism is over and man has been exhausted of all spiritual values and dehumanized that is why great art is not coming up. These ideas were expressed by Kamil Khan Mumtaz in the school of Art Design and Architecture (SADA) at the University of Gujrat (UOG) while lecturing on the topic “Spirituality in Art and Architecture”.
A teacher of Fine Art MrJunaid introduced Kamil Khan Mumtaz who is a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtaiz. He has been an outstanding popular teacher at National College of Arts. He is the author of two books, ‘Architecture in Pakistan’ and ‘Modernity and Tradition; he is a practicing architect, teacher and writer. He is a visiting critic at Agha Khan University. He is engaged with different professional organizations. Heads of Departments of SADA along with a large majority of students came to attend the lecture. After the lecture there was question answer session which was greatly enjoyed by the participants.