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Myanmar art at Yangon Art Expo

Myanmar art exposed

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“After a controversy over terminology and a year’s preparation, the ambitious Yangon Art Expo has helped to create greater international interest in contemporary Myanmar art.

U Aung Min of Yangon’s Magic Art Gallery declared last week’s Yangon Art Expo the best exhibition of Myanmar art for 100 years.

Objectivity may have been elusive when the high-end art collector made his pronouncement, because he was surrounded by works from four generations of Myanmar artists displayed in a space on top of Junction City Tower that offers panoramic views of Yangon.

“Our country has tens of thousands of painters. There are only 30 or 40 that I have collected for a long time, and [several] of them are here,” said Aung Min, beaming.

The event, organised by an Italian non-government organisation, Culture2All, was designed to be Myanmar’s first world-class, museum-style exhibition for contemporary art, displaying the best the country has to offer across styles, generations and regions. Culture2All president Mr Mauro Salvemini dubbed it Myanmar’s “business card” for the global art scene. …”

 

Read Jared Downing’s review on Frontier Myanmar.

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