If you ask me what is one of the most underrated products of Myanmar that you should buy when visiting the country, I will tell you, without hesitation, the fine art pieces from local Myanmar artists.
During my recent trip to Yangon, I chanced upon this pop-up art gallery – ArtAnt at level 3 of Junction City and had the opportunity to speak to a team of Singaporean art enthusiasts who were behind the ArtAnt initiative. The pop-up art gallery is a social initiative in partnership with local real estate conglomerate – Shwe Taung Group to promote art in the local community and brings art closer to the people of Yangon. It also helps to showcase Myanmar art to the rest of the world as Junction City is now the most popular hang-out place for tourists visiting the city.
The ArtAnt pop-up art gallery has been here for more than 2 months and I was wowed upon stepping into the gallery. The gallery setup, lighting, and artwork display are not what anyone would expect to see in a country in Myanmar. It is probably as good as an international art gallery in Singapore.
Since opening, the gallery has run 5 thematic exhibitions in the pop-up gallery. The latest exhibition – A Tale of Discovery showcases the artwork of Myanmar’s emerging artists such as Aung Kyaw Min, Cho Wai Htun, Kyu Kyu Swe, Nyein Nyein Ei, Wai Zin Phyo, Zaw Zaw Co, just to name a few. I have to admit that Myanmar has a very diversified and talented group of artists and each of them excels in their own specialized genre of art painting, be it abstract, traditional, landscape, or daily life. And more importantly, Myanmar art is probably still in an infancy stage in terms of international exposure and it offers very good value to collectors.
I grabbed a piece of landscape painting from artist Aung Kyaw Hein at US$420. Very good value for the quality of the work. A very satisfied customer of ArtAnt gallery!
If you happen to be Yangon these 2 months, you can drop by ArtAnt gallery at #03-020 Junction City to pick up some nice Myanmar art pieces for your home! Or you can visit ArtAnt’s website at www.artant.com and order from them online. They do international shipment as well.