Female artists organize online arts show for State Counsellor’s birthday

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The painting showing State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greeting with a Kachin ethinic woman. pHoto: Yi Yi Myint

Seventy-five female artists across the country organized a virtual arts exhibition to mark the 75th birthday of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from the National Museum in Yangon yesterday. The online arts showtitled “75 for 75th” has displayed a total of 75 portrait paintings of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
On behalf of the 75 Myanmar women artists, artist Daw Khin May Kyi said, “In last year’s arts exhibition, we female artists decided to exhibit 75 portrait paintings of State Counsellor in her 75th birthday this year.” She adds that we 75 female artists made 75 portraits of Mother Suu. All of us love Mother Suu. We imposed no limitations to draw the portraits of Mother Suu. From elderly to younger artists, we all are different ages.
“Artists U LunGywe and U Hla Tin Tun gave commands that this is a remarkable show that will promote women’s role, and advised us to organize the event at the National Museum.” she added. Due to COVID-19, the arts show was changed online, and it became the first online arts exhibition. In addition to the Mother Suu’s portrait paintings, a statue of Mother Suu is also included, she added.
The portraits were painted in watercolor and oils and with acrylic, pencil/colour pencil, charcoal powder, mixed medium, and pastel. Daw Nan Lol Ngin, Director of the National Museum (Yangon), said, “The event was previously planned to take place from 19 and 23 June at the National Museum (Yangon).”
After the Ministry of Health and Sports had issued guidelines on COVID-19 to avoid crowds and abide by social distancing measures, the arts exhibition went online, she said.
She adds that due to holding the exhibition online, people in every parts of Myanmar can join the event. It also became the first online arts exhibition at the National Museum (Yangon). We have to make more efforts, as it is an online event, she added.
The “75 for 75th” online arts exhibition can be viewed at the National Museum (Yangon)’s social media page https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumyangon/, and its website https://www.nationalmuseumyangon.gov.mm/.—Yi Yi Myint (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)

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