The magic of Contemporary Mongol Zurag

On July 6, 976 Art Gallery opened “Contemporary Mongol Zurag”, a group exhibition by four leading artists of contemporary Mongol zurag painting.
B.Baatarzorig, B.Nomin, D.Uuriintuya and G.Gerelkhuu have each developed their own unique language of artistic expression, with recognizable motifs and strong elements of social criticism, using the traditional techniques of Mongol zurag, which shares a heritage with Persian miniature and Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting, and is characterized by ultra-fine brushwork, bright colors and themes from everyday life.
B.Baatarzorig’s paintings are distinguished in his use of recognizable historical figures and a combination of traditional and pop imagery. He is particularly concerned with the loss of Mongolian heritage through a succession of outside influences, including the ascetic culture of Soviet-style communism and the consumerism of American-style capitalism. In his addressing of serious social concerns, B.Baatarzorig also brings epic composition and satirical humor.
Symbol-heavy colors and figures in B.Nomin’s works comment on contemporary issues – wealth, politics, nature, and human relationships – by placing people from secular society in the world of gods. B.Nomin’s goal is to displace current conventions and encourage viewers to evaluate cultural norms from the point of view of Mongolia’s ancient history. Particularly notable is her use of gold leaf and collaged pages from Mongolian scriptures.
D.Uuriintuya creates dream-like works characterized by fine brushwork, innovative composition and an elegant use of color, reflecting the experiences of Mongolian women as well as psychologically charged imagery of contemporary life. Her paintings incorporate both poetic and everyday imagery, creating subtle contrasts between the manufactured and the natural (or organic), and between intense, massed detail and flat planes of color.
G.Gerelkhuu describes life in present-day Mongolia as an eternal battle, a daily struggle for money and food while the powerful fight among themselves for influence. His work addresses this situation through particular reference to the famed mounted warriors of the Mongol Empire, drawing as much on comics and science fiction cinema as it does on Mongolian epic paintings and the local genre of equestrian painting.
These four artists are the first Mongolian artists to have been selected for participation in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 8) Of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA, Queenisland, Australia. They are on the list of the top 15 selected artists, along with internationally known artists from Australia, China, South Korea, Singapore, India and New Zealand, including former participants in the Venice Biennale, Documenta and artists whose work has been shown in the largest museums in the world. APT 8 will start on November 21 and last till April 10, 2016.
“Contemporary Mongol Zurag” will be open to the public until August 20.

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