Seven years since Myanmar opened its doors to the outside world, the visual art scene is blossoming, as artists enjoy unprecedented freedoms. As the leading art space in the country, River Gallery gives visitors the chance to view an unrivalled range of the best contemporary art that Myanmar has to offer. With over 40 leading and emerging artists represented, visitors can sample the many different styles, subjects and media used by Myanmar artists to express their individual vision.
Each year, River organizes a series of exhibitions for its artists – both in Myanmar and overseas - in an attempt to bring these talented artists to a broader audience. Take a look at our Exhibitions section to see where our artists are showing their works.
After 10 wonderful years in a gallery at the back of The Strand Hotel, in 2013 we transferred operations to a beautiful new space in the Chindwin Chambers – a small heritage building in 38th Street - just three minutes walk from our old location.
Here we have twice the space, so you can see works from the full range of Myanmar’s finest contemporary artists. We also have more space for events, so if you’re looking for an original venue for your function, come and check us out.
Operating now for 13 years, River celebrated its first decade at the beginning of 2016 with a special exhibition of gallery artists’ works and an anniversary party. See more about this milestone celebration in our Exhibitions section.
In setting up the gallery in 2006 our aim was to showcase Myanmar's best contemporary artists who were very little known at that time. Life for an artist was difficult; they were almost completely isolated from the global art scene and they struggled under a heavy censorship regime. The market for fine art was limited to those adventurous tourists who visited Myanmar before the word got out about the many splendours of the country, and a handful of local collectors. We felt strongly that Myanmar's talented artists deserved better representation and exposure to a wider market and we also wanted to share some of the fine work being created in Myanmar with art lovers from all around the world.
For us, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of our artists' journey - many of them have been with us since the gallery first opened.
Visit our ARTISTS section to see images of all the artworks currently available and the biographies of our artists; the EXHIBITIONS section to find details of current and past shows in Myanmar and abroad; and the NEWS AND VIEWS section to learn more about gallery happenings and the Myanmar art scene. On Facebook and Instagram you can see new works from our artists and other stuff we like.
And if you want to know more about any of the works or the artists, or are interested in purchasing an artwork, please connect with us through the CONTACT page.
Welcome to the exciting, ever-changing world of Myanmar contemporary art - we hope you enjoy your visit with us.