For the first time in more than 20 years, the National Museum in Yangon plans to grow its collection of contemporary Myanmar art.
The Museum Activity Art Exhibition, which runs from February 20 to 28, showcases the work of 73 Myanmar artists produced within the last 20 years and marks a change in the museum’s policy towards contemporary art. The exhibition features 73 watercolour, oil and acrylic paintings ranging in style, from abstract to realism.
The museum’s collection of 221 paintings consists mostly of realist works which reflect traditionally held notions of beauty in Myanmar society. But the rise of more abstract and surrealist artists in Myanmar over the last two decades sees the museum wanting to expand its collection to reflect changing tastes.