The rich history, culture, and heritage of Myanmar were on show at a special exhibition, Discover Myanmar by Artchetypal, on May 24 at the Ion Art Gallery. There, the works of six established and emerging artists were displayed. Art connoisseurs among our Singapore Tatler friends were invited to discover over 70 paintings, from colourful scenes depicting daily life to vibrant impressionist cityscapes, which had been specially commissioned for Singapore and created by artists Kyi Hlaing Aung, Moe Myint Zaw, Byardate, Ngwe Aung, Ngwe Phyoe, and Lapyae.
Independent art commentator Danny Tan, who has a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore, offered insights into the contemporary art scene in Myanmar, noting the censorship imposed on artists under the country's former military regime which even included restrictions on the use of certain colours in their paintings. Guests later embarked on a guided tour of the showcase, with all six artists on hand to talk about the inspirations behind their works and their creative processes.