Mongolian talent around the world

MONTSAME

2017-07-03 13:35 GMT+8

True artists never back down; they understand that they are the sons and daughters of a nation.  Many Mongolian artists are acknowledged around the world and they glorify Mongolia's talented people.  

Fine arts unbound by frame
 
In recent years, fine arts around the world have been greatly transformed.  With the emergence of contemporary art, fine arts have been invigorated with a new force.  One of the leading young Mongolian contemporary artists is Odonchimeg Davaadorj who recently earned a Master’s Degree from École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC), France.  She once said, “Mongolians cannot imagine themselves without a nomadic civilization”.  

Therefore, her works deeply reflect the culture and history of nomads and how Mongolians’ open mindset is not limited to logic.  Not only are Odonchimeg’s works featured in popular international art exhibits, her two creations – a sculpture named ‘A wish to leave home’ and a painting ‘Lovers’ are on display at the Louvre Museum.  As part of its installation, the sculpture communicates how impossible it is to betray one’s own values despite the wishes to leave home.
 
It seems like only yesterday when the first-ever Mongolian pavilion at Venice Biennale was presented by artists Unen Enkh and Enkhbold Togmidshiirev in 2015, garnering attention at their talent and the diversity of Mongolian ways.  Enkhbold’s contemporary performance with his self-made ger in public areas of Venice charmed audiences, resulting in significant media coverage.  All in all, it was good exposure for Mongolian art as the Mongolia pavilion was named one of the best Asian pavilions at the event.
 
When the US based ‘Goff Books’ published ‘Mona Lisa Reimagined’ an anthology of hundreds of art pieces, the Mongolian version of the world’s most famous painting was included.  It was created by Zayasaikhan Sambuu who is not only well-known in the art community for his extraordinary and colorful paintings in Mongolia, but around the world.  He has exhibited works in the US, Japan, Australia, the ROK, France and Canada.  The regular collectors of strangely appealing works include prominent figures and art experts from Japan where the painter currently lives as well as China and France.  Mongolians’ only defense against the flood of globalized societies is Mongolian style and Zayasaikhan knows it very well.

This is an excerpt from an article originally appeared on the Mongolia Today magazine's issue No. 1 /40/ for January - March 2017.

B.Altankhuyag

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