An auspicious treasure vault
My third solo art exhibition
Total 48 pieces of my artwork are displayed here at Lokanat Galleries, after more than 2 years of postponement, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Successfully show off today, 22nd April 2022. The exhibit will be going on for three days from today to 24th April 2022.
“LOKANAT” which is the first and foremost modern art gallery of Myanmar.
Original Sofaer’s building with its’ Italian style itself is still vaunting as an inherited heritage of the colonial era. Built-in 1906 designed by Mr. Issac A Sofaer, and constructed by the renowned architect of that time Mr. Thomas Swale.
Later owned by an Indian merchant Mr. Surti and changed the name as “Randeria Building”. It was nationalized after the independence of Myanmar.
“LOKANAT ART GALLERY” was officially established on 15th October 1971 by Colonel Ba Than (Writer Ba Than-Dhammika) and U Ye Htun.
With its’ first “breakthrough exhibition of Myanmar Art History” by displaying nine artists, U Hla Shein, U San Win, U Ohn Lwin, who were somehow traditional artists, and remaining U Khin Maung (Bank), Paw Oo Thit, Ko Shwe Aung Thein, U Win Myint, U Sann Myint and Phae Nyunt Wai, were pioneering in Myanmar modern art endeavor of that time, together.
Obviously, it’s a birthplace of successive famous Myanmar artists, especially of the modern genre through along it’s existence.
The legacy is still going on, in this 49-year-old “Gallery” inside the 115 years old building.
At present LOKANAT is managed by its’ manager U Aung Myint Tun.