As you may already know, one of Intersections specialty is Burmese contemporary art. This has been so for many years now and today I'd like to take the time to answer some of the most frequent questions we've heard from art enthusiasts and collectors, who've visited our past exhibitions and purchased some of our artworks.
1. Why buy art?
At Intersections Gallery, we believe that an artwork is first and foremost something that makes life happier. While it may sound cheesy, this is what we see with many of our buyers, whether they are experienced collectors or buying their first artwork.
We select artworks that tell stories in a universal language, create emotions, make visible the invisible and inspire enthusiasm.
While there’s no single reason why to buy art, we do sincerely hope that our collectors and one-time buyers do derive some happiness by bringing meaningful artworks into their homes. At least that’s the regular feedback we get!
2. Is art a good investment?
Like any commodity an artwork has a value. This value can increase and in some cases become very high. However, the main criteria to buy an artwork should always be the enjoyment and satisfaction that it provides.
3. Is it a good time to invest in Burmese art?
If we can rely on the big players in the art world to be a good indicator, Burmese artworks are collected by famous museums such as the Guggenheim Museum New York, USA, Fukuoaka Art Museum, Japan or Singapore Art Museum & National Gallery, Singapore.
Many private collectors have also discovered contemporary artists in the country itself or in international art fairs such as Art Stage Singapore or Art Paris Art Fair. However, after 50 years of self imposed isolationism transactions for Myanmar contemporary art are still an emerging market.
4. How does Intersections select artists?
Marie-Pierre Mol, co-founder and managing director of Intersections, is an art historian and curator. Before representing an artist, she researches about the artist’s practice and personally meets and interviews all artists. Intersections thrives to discover and develop young talented artists but also to promote well established ones not yet represented in Singapore.
Given our focus in Burmese art, we travel to Yangon on a quarterly basis, usually spending a week or more there. To tell the human side of each artist’s story, it does require spending personal time with each artist at their studio and outside to develop a relationship and interesting projects.