PanSuriya Art Post

Kachin Children’s Paintings, at Pansodan Scene
20 May 2016, 12:59
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2016 Airavati Kachin2

Airavati has been working with Kachin chidren who have been displaced by the armed conflict for five years. The organisation has collected over 7000 paintings by the children in camps near the Kachin–Chinese border. Over 150 of these paintings will be exhibited from 21 – 29 May 2016 at Pansodan Scene.

The opening ceremony with light refreshments and a few words by  will be at Pansodan Scene at 3:00pm, all are welcome to attend.

2016 Airavati Kachin1

Kachin Airavati exhibition 2016

Pansodan Scene, ၁၁၄ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ဒုတိယထပ် (ငါးဘာသာကျောင်းနှင်မျက်နှာချင်းဆိုင်)
144 Pansodan, second floor, stairway entrance across from the gate of the Ganesh Temple; above the Sa Pe Nandaw Bookshop.


Let`s Speak Art! Sessions Around History of Art
13 October 2014, 16:23
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Let`s Speak Art! – #1 / Actors of the Art Scene
The first session on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
at 5.30 p.m. at Pansodan Scene
In association with MARCA


What is Let`s Speak Art!?

Pansodan Scene will welcome from the middle of October a new regular program. `Let`s Speak Art!` is a series of friendly gatherings around the topic of art theory and techniques. The idea, conceived by Borbála Kálmán, a Hungarian art historian and curator living in Yangon since early 2014, is to provide regular sessions where artists, art lovers, actors of the art scene can share ideas around a specific topic for each session. The so called `art history club` would like to focus on issues around the contemporary art scene but also provide some background information on earlier art tendencies not only from Asia but also from Europe. Hence, the talks would also help discover the different cultural contexts which have brought to life such movements as Surrealism, Cubism or given birth to the first conscious Abstract art works of the 20th Century.
What will happen?
Each session will have a different topic, so everyone can join anytime, however, it`s worth taking part as often as possible to encounter various aspects of the art scene. The sessions would give priority to a presentation each time on the chosen topic to afterwards open the discussion towards the public. For each occasion, an interesting visual material will be projected to illustrate the topics. The `Let`s Speak Art!` sessions will be organized in association with Myannmar Art Resource Centre and Archive (MARCA), a young project dedicated to collect and digitize documents and books from the Asian art scene with a particular focus on Myanmar. For each `Let`s Speak Art!` session, some books relating to the current topic will be chosen and brought along for the audience to discover them at Pansodan Scene. MARCA has recently joined Asia Art Archive`s Open Edit: Mobile Library Project: starting in November in Myanmar, it will enable several hundred of books on art to travel in the entire country. The LSA! sessions will be in English with handouts in Burmese – but don`t worry, friends will surely help to translate the missing words!
When is LSA! taking place?
LSA! will take place about every third week at Pansodan Scene. Depending on the number of people and the complexity of the topic, the sessions will start at about 5.30 p.m. and finish around 7.00.
From the first session on October 22, a Wishbox will await your questions and suggestions. The aim of LSA! is to talk about subjects difficult to find in books and share information and experience about unusual aspects too. It probably won`t be possible to answer all the questions and go through all the suggestions but each session would end with a selection from these `wishes` with the hope to give supplementary information about them. If you are interested in general or specific matters, like what is the edition number of a photography for or why was the word `impressionist` a pejorative designation at the beginning, come and write your question down!
What is the next topic?
The first session of LSA! will focus on the actors of the art scene: from museums to art fairs through galleries, auction houses and non-profit art spaces, the objective will be to get a closer insight about how the art scene works and how do the actors relate.
Please join the first session of `Let`s Speak Art!` on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Pansodan Scene from 5.30 p.m. The event is free just don`t forget to bring some paper and a pen to write your questions! Pansodan Scene: 2nd floor, No. 144, Pansodan Street (Middle Block), Kyauktada Township. On the corner of Maha Bandoola and Pansodan Street, entrance in front of the Temple`s entrance! For further information please write to the following address:

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.

Bazundaung Riverside Afternoons

In this exhibition, Thu Rein is showing off two series of paintings — some are a straightforward and lovely realism, some are a fresh take which gives an impression of cubism while in fact maintaining a realist approach.

The painter Thu Rein (who sometimes signs himself Thu Rein.M, sometimes Thu Rein Sann, sometimes Thu Rein.MS) began a self-portrait, reflected in the mirror-mosaic of a pagoda wall, seven years ago (see image below). It took him many visits to pagodas, looking at mirrored tiles until he was dizzy before he got the colours, images, shapes and impression he was looking for.

This was the beginning of a series of images shown in the fragments silvery tiles which adorn many pagoda walls. In News Hunter (centre painting in this blog’s header) he depicts parts of a face reflected in a pattern of mirrors, with a camera at the centre, half-hidden behind green leaves, and with the gilded embellishments and other elements of a monastery all around and overlapping the hunter.

He travelled around the country, to Magway, Minbu, Pyinmana and many other places, where he painted whatever caught his eye reflected in the mirrored surfaces. In the painting of the brass Buddha image from Pyinmana, little other than the sheen and colour is reflected. In another, titled Two Friends (see image below), hardly any of the faces of the friends shows, subsumed by the reflections of gold, brass, and the colours of their shirts. The Faceless is another of this series, in which a fragmented person with hints of hair and hand is outdone by his surroundings.

The other series is of the twilight over the Bazundaung River, which shapes and divides the eastern side of Yangon. Views of the city from Thaketa and Thingangyun neighbourhoods, or from Bazundaung itself show the rich colours of dusk. He became entranced by the colours of the sunsets, the fiery sky reflected in the water. Many of the paintings are anchored by the Shwe Dagon, which from that side soars above the town. Another is painting in a bit of North Okkalappa, along the same waterway. In this one, the pagoda popularly called ‘Yangon Thabyinnyu’ and the bank of the river with modest huts make the scene look like a little piece of Bagan, but with a hulk of a building on the horizon where the hills might be in the ancient capital.

A few plein air pictures with other themes round out the exhibition which will be showing until 13 March 2013, at Pansodan Art Gallery, from 10-6 (open until late on Tuesday).


Interview with Nance Cunningham in Pansodan Art Gallery, 11 March 2013

Thu Rein.M Second Solo Show at Pansodan

Thu Rein.M Second Solo Show at Pansodan

Thu Rein.M solo exhibition at Pansodan

Thu Rein.M solo exhibition at Pansodan

Thu Rein.M My Self

Thu Rein.M My Self

Thu Rein.M Two Friends

Thu Rein.M Two Friends

Bagyi Aung Soe honoured in 144 Pansodan

Bagyi Aung Soe blew the Burmese art world’s mind open with the freedom of his mind. An exhibition honouring his work starts in the expanded Pansodan space, near Maha Bandoola. The staircase just north of Maha Bandoola on Pansodan, second floor.

High time for Myint Soe

Ko Myint Soe has been drawing and painting since he was in middle school. He has been developing his own vision in the intervening years, and now he’s ready to show it to the world. Exhibition at Pansodan Gallery starts on May Day and runs through 5 May 2012, during the usual hours, 10-6, but also with the usual arty party with fantastic snacks and conversation on Tuesday night.



the last artscape of than myint aung

Once there as a man with a heart forged by a love of nature, beauty, and art.

In his life journey he poured his awe forth in paintings and poems.

This is his last artscape.

တစ်ခါတုန်းက သူ့နှလုံးသားကို သဘာဝတရား၊ အလှတရားနဲ့ အနုပညာတို့ကို ချစ်မြတ်နိုးခြင်းနဲ့ သွန်းလောင်းသွားတဲ့ လူတစ်ယောက် ရှိခဲ့ပါတယ်။
သူ့ရဲ့ ဘဝခရီးလမ်းတစ်လျှောက်မှာလည်း ပန်းချီကားတွေ၊ ကဗျာတွေကို အံ့ဘွယ် ပြန်လည်သွန်းလောင်းသွားခဲ့တယ်။
ဒါဟာ သူသွန်းလောင်းသွားခဲ့တဲ့ အနုပညာများရဲ့ နောက်ဆုံးပြပွဲပါပဲ။

Ko Than Myint Aung was our friend, and we were shocked at his early death in May this year. We have gathered as many of his paintings as we can to have a retrospective of his work, which is inspired by his awe for the beauty of nature, and shows his genial character. We open the exhibition with respect and sorrow from 14 to 19 July 2010.

To see many more of his works, and more information about him, see his page at the Heriot-Grant Gallery. For availability and pricing of the paintings you see here or to see more, email suriyagallery at gmail dot com