Yangon Gallery to showcase antique cameras

A private collection of 150 antique cameras will be on display at the Yangon Gallery from Oct. 19 to 21. “Some cameras on exhibition will be more than a hundred years old,” said exhibition organizer and collector Kyaw Thet Min at a press conference over the weekend. He said he has collected more than 500 ...

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Charity auction for Suu Kyi bust to start at $32,000

Charity auction for Suu Kyi bust to start at $32,000

A bronze bust of Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will be auctioned off at a charity fundraiser next month at a floor price of K50 million (US$32,000). The Daw Khin Kyi...

Yangon Gallery Hopping: Where to see classical paintings, unusual sculptures, modern art, and more

Yangon Gallery Hopping: Where to see classical paintings, unusual sculptures, modern art, and more

Yangon is an inspiring place — full of rich history, glorious pagodas, and distinctive everyday scenery. It’s no wonder it’s spawned so much art throughout its...

Vivid exhibition exposes ‘scars’ of 8888 Uprising

Vivid exhibition exposes ‘scars’ of 8888 Uprising

Aung Kyi Soe was nine years old when students rose up across Myanmar on Aug. 8, 1988, to demand an end to military rule. Living in the countryside, he and his family were spared...

Race to restore Myanmar’s film classics for a second screening

Race to restore Myanmar’s film classics for a second screening

The restoration of a 1934 black-and-white action movie, famed for high-octane stunts including a hot-air balloon escape and a jungle shootout against teakwood thieves, has...

In Myanmar, the Vagina Monologues are as relevant as ever

In Myanmar, the Vagina Monologues are as relevant as ever

More than 20 years have passed since The Vagina Monologues was created, and like an aging female celebrity in a sexist society, some are asking, “Aren’t you getting a bit too...

Musicians from stuffy Singapore seek creative freedom in Myanmar

Musicians from stuffy Singapore seek creative freedom in Myanmar

What are two English-singing Singaporean musicians to do when their ambitions outgrow their hometown? Try getting famous in Myanmar, of course. Zephyr Khambatta, a Singaporean...

Challenges and triumphs in Yangon urban photography

Challenges and triumphs in Yangon urban photography

Yangon may be better-known for red spit than for symmetry or skylines, but that hasn’t stopped young urban photographers from seeking its hidden beauty. “Either you love...

Feminist painter Chuu Wai Nyein is throwing three upcoming art parties

Feminist painter Chuu Wai Nyein is throwing three upcoming art parties

The feminist artist who once challenged the patriarchy by painting sexy ladies on men’s longyis is throwing a series of three parties this weekend to celebrate the opening of...

Painter Hla Tun wins top prize at American Art Awards

Painter Hla Tun wins top prize at American Art Awards

Myanmar painter Hla Tun received three honors at the American Art Awards last month, including one first-place award. Artists from over 50 countries competed in the...


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Coconuts Yangon Arts

Despite decades of censorship, Myanmar has a rich artistic tradition. In the old days, painters were forced to hide political allegory in their work. Now, the scene is freer, and art openings happen most weeks in Yangon. Check out the Pansodan galleries (Pansodan and Pansodan Scene) as well as several spots in the Dagon Township area. A new creative space called Ngar Sé/50 opened in late 2016 and hosts an array of artistic and educational events; but like many great things in the city, it may not grace our lives for much longer. Yangon’s art scene was the subject of an online multimedia documentary called Future Cities, which highlights the ways in which Myanmar’s political transformation has shaped – for better and for worse – the modes of artistic expression in our emerging megacity.