Self-isolation due to COVID-19 means most of us are stuck at home in fluffy pink slippers, with no sense of cultural stimulation. There is one quick solution, visiting Yangon’s vibrant contemporary art galleries online which provide access to the work of Myanmar artists. While these galleries physically closed, there are some that have an online presence, with images of contemporary Myanmar art that can be enjoyed from home.
Private visits to see the artworks in the gallery may be possible – contact the gallery by email to find out if that is possible.
1. Myanm/Art gallery
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The gallery represents about 10 young Myanmar artists under 40 years of age including Bart Was Not Here, Richie Htet and Soe Yu Nwe. [LINK TO https://www.myanmore.com/2020/02/pioneering-ceramics-artist-soe-yu-nwe-to-explore-concept-of-identity-at-myanm-art/ ] Exhibitions of group work cover a range of artistic styles and media including installations, ceramics, photography, textiles and collage works.
This gallery was established by Nathalie Johnston who was interviewed by Myanmore last year.
Address: G-42, Urban Asia Centre, 48th Street, Middle Block, Botataung Township, Yangon
Director : email@example.com
Gallery Manager : firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MyanmarArtEvolution/
Instagram : @myanmart
Twitter : @myanmart
2. River Gallery
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This gallery exhibits over 50 leading and emerging artists, who work in watercolor, acrylic and oil painting in different styles and subjects, such as figurative, landscape and abstract works. The website shows a range of artworks by each artist, including Zaw Win Pe, Than Kyaw Htay and Chuu Wai Nyein. The artists have produced short videos about their daily activities during these difficult times, which can be viewed at YouTube and at: What are River Gallery artists doing during Covid-19?
Address: No. 33/35, 37th and 38th street, (beside The Strand Hotel) Kyauktada Township, Yangon
Facebook : @rivergallerymyanmar
Instagram : @rivergallerymyanmar
3. Lokanat Gallery
The Lokanat Gallery exhibits artists who paint in a realist tradition and other artists and sculptors creating contemporary art. This pioneering gallery was established as a co-operative in 1971. The gallery is in the Sofaer Building, which is a Yangon Heritage Trust landmark building.
Address: No.62, 1st floor, corner of Merchant Road and Pansodan Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon
Facebook : @LokanatGalleries
4. New Treasure Gallery
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This gallery was established by Min Wai Aung, who has built his reputation as an artist for his stunning paintings and watercolors of Buddhist monks and landscapes. Many other artists exhibit their paintings of landscapes and figurative art at the gallery.
Adress: No. 84 A, Than Lwin Street, Golden Valley, Bahan Township, Yangon
Facebook : @newtreasureartgallery
Instagram : @newtreasureartgallery
5. Pansodan Gallery
This gallery was established by Aung Soe Min. It exhibits a small group of artists who work in acrylic and oil paintings of figurative, landscape and abstract works.
6. Myanmar Deitta
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Myanmar Deitta is a not-for-profit civil society organization, whose website shows refreshing and innovative photographs from projects:
‘Building the Naf” twelve women photographers – six from Thuma Collective in Myanmar and six from Kaali Collective in Bangladesh.
“See [Her]e” project involving women working in Myanmar’s professional photography sector.
“Unearth” six photographers documenting Myanmar’s extractive or mining industries sector.
“Who am I” a youth photography workshop with twelve young photographers exploring identity and belonging.
Address: No. 130 Bogalayzay street, Yangon
Urban Sketchers Myanmar
When the time comes for social distancing to give way to group activities, those who can draw, and those who are practicing can join Urban Sketchers Myanmar, an open community of artists who (pre-COVID-19) roam the streets of Yangon’s drawing heritage buildings and streetscapes.
Urban Sketchers Myanmar https://www.facebook.com/groups/235825853826385/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/yangonurbansketchers/
Art has no limits, and from Yangon you can view international collections of the major art galleries and museums, which can be found online at Google Arts & Culture.
Writer Morris Averill first published Myanmore