Asia Art Connect Hosts First Major Art Auction in Myanmar
The exhibition displayed 80 paintings by more than 40 artists, including 21 artworks for the auction.
“Art auctions are rare in Myanmar and we want to support the art industry. That’s why we met all the artists and invited them to the exhibition and auction,” said Daw Thazin Ni, chief executive of Asia Art Connect.
A total of 17 paintings, three sculptures and one T-shirt signed by their artists were up for auction with seven sold. The T-shirt got the lowest bid of US$500 and the painting “Hero” by Zaw Win Pe topped the bids with US$5,800.
In a video at the exhibition, Zaw Win Pe said: “It was painted in 1995 for the Military History Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of the armed forces. It was before Sayar San was executed. I painted Sayar San’s clothes using my imagination as I wanted. Then I found out they were the same as his actual clothes. This painting style is different from my other work and memorable and valuable to me.”