We recently exhibited Ma Thanegi’s archive as part of SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s til Now. SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s til Now.
Nor Iron Bars a Cage: An Artist’s Archive was part of the Archive Section at the National Art Center Tokyo. The exhibition runs until October 2017.
There are few things more thrilling for a collector of all things ART in MYANMAR than a gift from a dedicated scholar of Myanmar Arts and Culture. Ma Thanegi is somewhat of a legend in these parts. She was a political activist and then prisoner, worked with ASSK, researched and produced some of the most important writings on recent art history in Myanmar, and dabbles in journalism, criticism, and debate. On top of it all, she’s an artist herself and was part of Myanmar’s creative movement during its Socialist era.
She gifted MARCA a treasure trove of exhibition opening announcements and invitations from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s in Yangon. Po Po’s first solo show, Khin One’s exhibition featuring his unique spray painted canvases, and several group shows including names, titles, dates, and locations – like the famous Judson Hall across from Yangon University, which was closed soon after Po Po’s solo show in 1989 and did not reopen again until last year!