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Myanmar Contemporary Art Show in Washington DC


Gallery plan b, in cooperation with River Gallery from Rangoon, Burma presented an exhibition of paintings from Myanmar’s leading contemporary artists including Nann Nann, Khin Zaw Latt, Maung Aw, Soe Soe, and Than Kyaw Htay.

Myanmar’s art had a surprisingly modern feel and the creative tension evident in many of the best works resulted from the artist’s struggle to find the means of portraying their rich culture in new and different ways, said Paul Amt, the gallery owner.

The exhibition focused on subjects taken from Burmese cultural and religious heritage and the country’s largely unspoiled physical beauty. Icons and symbols of Buddhism, seen everywhere in Burma, predominated in the show. And most artists remain cautious in their choice of subject, generally avoiding themes that might be construed as overtly political or critical of the regime. The artists mostly focused on what they had seen around them.

In a 'Plan b' webpage dedicating for the show, it says "for us the audience, there is a silver lining in the self-censorship of the Burmese artists...their focus on the beauty of their traditions and on the scenes and motifs from a unique culture that is fast disappearing in other parts of Asia, by creating distinctive works of art which convey the essence of their deeply felt cultural and spiritual heritage."

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