Six years since the country opened its doors to the outside world, Myanmar’s 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. And if we don't have exactly what you're looking for, we can point you in the right direction.
Each year, River organizes a series of shows abroad for its artists – partnering with overseas galleries for both group shows of Myanmar artists and solo exhibitions for the more established talents. Take a look at our Exhibitions section to see where our artists are showing their works.
Our home – River Gallery, Chindwin Chambers
After 10 wonderful years in The Strand, in 2013 we transferred operations to a beautiful gallery in the Chindwin Chambers – a small heritage building in 38th Street - just three minutes walk from our old location.
Although we miss our gallery at The Strand, we have twice the space in our elegant premises, 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 12 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. But we felt strongly that these talented individuals deserved better representation and exposure to a wider market. It has been such a pleasure to be part of their 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 our Facebook page you can see new works from our artists and other stuff we like.
Welcome to the world of Myanmar contemporary art - we hope you enjoy your visit with us.