The Refreshing Art Scene in Myanmar
In times of changing perspectives, opportunities and hope, art has always been an influential pillar of expression. While the freedom of speech and alternative thoughts and ideologies have been under repression for many years, Myanmar artists openly reemerged and started to flourish since the opening of the country and change of political direction. Since then much has changed and Burmese artists enjoy increasing admiration amongst local and international art lovers.
Traditional Burmese art derives huge inspiration from Theravada Buddhism. This influence is also reflected in the countless ornamentation at pagodas, temples and monasteries all around the country. Art and traditions also meld together in the customs of the many different ethnicities of Myanmar and can still be observed in rural areas. Body cult has played an important part, such as the tattooed ladies in Chin State or the Eng people from the border regions in Shan State with their remarkable black teeth.
Today’s modern art scene has made a home in downtown Yangon, where several great galleries, showrooms and workshops have been established. Khiri Travel Myanmar is paying its tribute to this new movement with the new excursion, “A look Into the Yangon Art scene.” During this half-day trip, we take your clients to several modern art galleries to gain insights into contemporary art. Starting with a short presentation at River Art gallery, we continue from to three or four other galleries hoping to see some artists at work in one of them. The tour ends with an excellent Myanmar lunch at Pansuriya gallery.
Another typical Burmese art form is their puppet performances that tell fairy tales motivated by current events and pick up topics of popular interest, such as the mythology and superstitions accorded to nats or folklore spirits. Khiri explores an exhibit of entertaining puppeteers during an evening excursion named “Yangon Nat Walk with Htwe Oo Puppet Show.”
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