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Check our video to ex­plore Myan­mar’s re­li­gious cul­ture and nat­u­ral beauty through a group of Chi­nese artists’ eyes and works.

Vis­i­tors en­joy paint­ings by Chi­nese artists at the ex­hi­bi­tion in Yan­gon.

As a 10-day art and cul­ture ex­change visit to Myan­mar drew to a close, par­tic­i­pat­ing artists pre­sented bril­liant wa­ter­color works in­spired by the Bud­dhist coun­try.

Myan­mar: Through the Dragon’s Brush, an art and cul­ture ex­change pro­gram or­ga­nized by China Daily and the Chi­nese Cul­ture and Art As­so­ci­a­tion, brought the work of nine Chi­nese artists to four ma­jor cities in Myan­mar — Yan­gon, Man­dalay, Bagan and Inle Lake — where they told tales of the coun­try with brushes and can­vas.

The 32 fin­ished works ex­hib­ited on the trip’s last two days were well re­ceived in Yan­gon, man­ag­ing to cap­ture the mul­ti­lay­ered char­ac­ter­is­tics of the coun­try — sa­cred and tra­di­tional, also hum­ble yet mod­ern.

Upon ar­rival in Yan­gon on Nov 14, the group was warmly wel­comed by Ar­gus Ang, chief ex­ec­u­tive of RVi Group, a main sup­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion for the ex­change pro­gram.

Over the next two days (Nov 15-16) in Yan­gon, the artists vis­ited the land­mark Sh­wedagon Pagoda and held a sketch ses­sion at Kan­daw­gyi Lake, which of­fered a dis­tant and panoramic view of the pagoda. They also vis­ited U Lun Gywe Art Gallery, for a glimpse into the lo­cal art forms, styles and gen­res.

The glit­ter­ing gilded stupa, be­ing ren­o­vated man­u­ally, stopped the artists in their tracks. They also mar­veled at the Myan­mar peo­ple’s faith in their re­li­gion.

A high­light dur­ing the stay in Yan­gon was a meet­ing with Hong Liang, the Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Myan­mar. Ac­knowl­edg­ing that the China-Myan­mar art ex­change trip helped artists from both sides to find com­mon ground cre­atively, Hong shared with the artists what the em­bassy has been do­ing

The eight Chi­nese artists visit Myan­mar’s land­mark stupa Shw

to bol­ster cul­tural ties be­tween Myan­mar and China.

Apart from the open­ing in July of the China Cul­tural Cen­ter in Yan­gon, the em­bassy has held con­certs, grand shows and ex­hi­bi­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with na­tional and provin­cial art in­sti­tu­tions from China.

The em­bassy en­vi­sions launch­ing an­other art cen­ter in the near fu­ture — in Myan­mar’s cap­i­tal, Naypyi­daw. It is pro­jected to be 15,000 square me­ters, much larger than the cur­rent cen­ter in Yan­gon. “We hope the art cen­ters in Myan­mar will serve Chi­nese artists as ‘free gal­leries’ that they can make full use of to ex­hibit their great works of art,” said Hong.

Pleased to see that reg­u­lar art per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions have at­tracted cu­ri­ous lo­cals, Tian Shant­ing, cul­tural coun­selor at the em­bassy, de­clared that the newly opened art cen­ter will “open to the pub­lic ev­ery day, with cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able ev­ery week and high­light pro­grams ev­ery month”.

Al­though art is em­pha­sized in Myan­mar, the coun­try’s art has re­mained ob­scure on the world scene. Hong put this down to the coun­try’s in­sta­bil­ity, which had sub­dued the peo­ple’s cre­ativ­ity. He hoped the two-way com­mu­nica- tion on art be­tween China and Myan­mar could “help fuel the dy­namic of creat­ing art and prompt lo­cal artists to unleash their po­ten­tial”.

Hong also noted that pro­mot­ing art ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries against the back­drop of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive has pro­found im­pli­ca­tions. Since Myan­mar

Kuku Chai Bukuk

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