In May 2007, Gallery plan b, in conjunction with River Gallery, hosted an exhibition of 10 of Myanmar's most talented contemporary artists. The show gave Washington audiences the rare opportunity to view the art coming out of this beautiful but troubled country.
The 24 works focused on subjects taken from Myanmar's rich cultural and religious heritage, and the country's largely unspoilt physical beauty. Icons and symbols of Buddhism are featured prominently in the show. By necessity, most Myanmar artists remain cautious in their choice of subject, generally avoiding subjects that might be controversial. But these restrictions have a surprising up-side: in focusing on what they see around them, the art has a purity and spirituality that is often absent in the art of emerging nations, where the portrayal of conflict is often to the fore.