PanSuriya Art Post

Pansodan Gallery loans paintings for a German premier exhibition on Myanmar
`Making of` - source:

`Making of` – source:

The Linden Museum of Stuttgart, Germany is one of the most significant Ethnographic Museums in Europe. Dr. Georg Noack, a specialist of South and Southeast Asia is the curator of an outstanding upcoming exhibition about Myanmar. The `Myanmar: Golden Land` exhibition opening on October 18, 2014 will focus on a global view about the cultural scene outlining the Buddhist aspect of everyday life.

Zaw Nyunt Pe: bstract (Meditation)

Zaw Nyunt Pe: Abstract (Meditation)

Buddha images from 14th century, antique ceramics from Bago, jewels, old puppets, instruments are only a few of the wonderful selection of objects to be on display for more than six months! The Linden Museum has one of the most important Myanmar related collections in Europe, hence a considerable part of the exhibition comes from the Museum. Besides several loaners, as the Yangon Film School who has cooperated to the exhibition providing documentary films, no else than the Pansodan Gallery has  contributed to the exhibition loaning all together 9 artworks – 6 paintings and 3 paper works for the exhibition.

Artists Ekaza Cho, Soe Naing, Kaung Kyaw Khine, Nay Aung Shu, Sein Myint, Thein Thein, Zaw Nyunt Pe, and Yè Min are to be featured in Stuttgart. The exhibition will have numerous extra programs along the months, as guided tours, roundtables, film projections. Don`t miss the exhibition if you are in Germany! More information: and The exhibition is open from October 18, 2014 – May 17, 2015.



The Inside/Outside exihibition was at the SateFL!GHT Gallery, 2332 S. Presa, in San Antonio, Texas in November 2011. It has now concluded, but some items are still available online.

In early 2011, Callie Enlow spent months teaching in Yangon, and — who wouldn’t? — succumbed to the fascination of the possibilities of the country. Many people feel for the people, but only a few choose to do something about it. Callie is one of those people. She took a route through art. She has carefully chosen paintings from eight artists and arranged an exhibition in San Antonio.

None of this art will make anyone think “That’s realistic, isn’t it!” But then, Burma does not make you think that either.

The art is wonderful, Callie is knowledgeable, and we hope that people will gather their friends, go there, admire the art, be drawn in more deeply, and deepen their understanding of our world, whether through talking to Callie, enjoying the art, or both.

A map showing the gallery is here.

More information about it can be found at this link, and thanks to SMART too!

brighton festival

A good article on the Burma-themed Brighton Festival was published in the Urban Times. The response to the Burmese contemporary art there was enthusiastic. One of the artists there is one of our favourites, Eikaza Cho.

“Before my brush touches the canvas, I don’t predetermine what I am going to paint.”

Ko Cho (Mr Cho), as he is known, has a particular use of colour, line and distortion which play out unpredictably in his exercise books and in paper work. Many of his works are fully abstract or feature recurrent motifs such as the owl, cat or figures from the spirit world such as the Lokanat, guardian spirit of the world.

About a dozen paintings are still in London. If you saw anything there that you are kicking yourself for not having bought, contact suriyagallery on gmail dot com.

Ben Mitchell designer, Zwe Yan Naing artist

See more of Ben Mitchell’s design and photography work on flickr and behance; see more of Zwe Yan Naing’s work here.

Ben Mitchell photographer, Eikaza Cho artist

See more about Eikaza Cho.

eikaza cho : boundless lines
10 March 2011, 02:08
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Sunday, 20 March 2011 is the last day this exhibition of Eikaza Cho’s work. In addition to his paintings, his notebooks will be on display for the first time. Ko Cho’s playful lines, varied subjects — how many artists paint a colourful fly? — and lively compositions are all evident in his notebooks. Come in from 10 to 6  for a peek at the works we love and a sampling of his new series.

Art Conversation : Eikaza Cho
5 March 2011, 08:12
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Boundless Lines: The Notebooks of a Color Composer

Although Eikaza Cho is a very skilled artist with a broad portfolio of important works, some of the most striking examples of his creativity lie within a series of ordinary-looking school notebooks.  Upon looking into them, one realizes immediately that these are no ordinary school notebooks, but rather a glimpse into the aesthetic testing ground of a well-established force in Myanmar’s illustrator world.  A series of hybridizations of abstraction and cartoon, figures and fantasy, the contents of these notebooks is a glimpse into the creative day-in-day-out exercises and experimentations of a skilled illustrator.

“Before my brush touches the canvas, I don’t give any thought to what I am going to paint.”  With this in mind, the whimsical sketches contained within these notebooks are all the more interesting.  Upon recognizing the truly spontaneous and unconsidered lineage of these figments of Eikaza Cho’s imagination, one can see them as sort of “aesthetic aerobics” – beautiful byproducts of the daily honing of his creative ability, the stretching of his formidable creative muscle.

This is to say nothing of his canvas works, which will also be included.  Traces of influence in the form of Kandinsky and Miro can be seen in his renditions and re-interpretations of traditional Myanmar deities, animals, and legendary figures, although each is instilled with a unique twist of Eikaza Cho’s unique aesthetic sensibility.

Eikaza Cho’s notebooks will be part of an exhibition of his work at Pansodan Gallery, opening on 14 March.

By Zach Hyman

For more art conversations, click on the ‘art conversation’ tag at the top of this post.


The new exhibition starts today — a great variety of watercolours. Open until 28 February, from 10.00 to 18.00.

Pansodan Gallery itself has recently shown itself to be waterproof and smokeproof — it came through a fire in the building without damage to the many artworks displayed and stored on the premises. There was some damage to the rooms, but none to the art.

With thanks to the firefighters.