Myanmar’s renowned art on display at National Museum

Reported by EMG
Caption: Paintings are showing at first floor of the museum

Artworks by some of Myanmar’s most renowned artists will be on exhibit until February 28 at the National Museum in Yangon.

The exhibition stages paintings by 72 renowned artists, along with a programme on practical drawing, and a series of talks.

Myanmar does not yet have a museum dedicated to art.

“It is distressing to our country that we are not able to open an art museum,” said the Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, Thura Aung Ko.

“For more than 20 years our country wasn’t able to collect famous paintings by our people. With the support of famous artists and the National Museum in Yangon, we are now holding an art exhibition this year. I’m very glad to hold this kind of exhibition.”

The display includes 74 paintings, including seven watercolour paintings, eight oil paintings, and 11 acrylic paintings. Included are 26 paintings donated to the museum.

“We’ll buy another painting depending on budget,” said Kyaw Lwin Oo, director-general of the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library. The museum has a total of 750 paintings dating back through the last 100 years, he said.

Paintings by veteran artists, including U Lun Kywe, Bachi Soe Moe, and Hla Tin Tun are included in the exhibition, which will run until February 28 on the first floor of the National Museum on Pyay Road.