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Paints that color Mongolia

By M.OYUNGEREL

Artist B.Munkh’s “Bogts of Paint” gathers up visual elements of the Mongolian lifestyle, like the bogts (drawstring bags) used by herders to carry their essentials across the steppe. The exhibition is open through February 7 at the Union of Mongolian Artists’ Art Gallery.
B.Munkh graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture in 2013.
“Bogts of Paint” consists of portraits, paintings of animals, and still-life paintings. The artist pays great attention to detail, which can be seen from his depictions of kitchen appliances in his still-life paintings. B.Munkh boldly uses oil to capture backgrounds and subjects in his paintings. The details of saddles, boots, and traditional objects are particularly immaculate, drawing the viewer’s attention away from the less intricate depictions of his subjects. The hall is filled with paintings of beautiful horses of all colors.
In his work “Vigorous Peak Nines”, he portrays a man, his horse, and a Mongol bankhar (dog) during a harsh winter in the time of the “Vigorous Three Nines”.The “Nine Nines” is a Mongolian measure breaking up the 81 days between winter and spring into nine segments. In the First Nine, vodka made from milk, which was distilled once, freezes. In the Second Nine, the same distilled vodka freezes twice. In the Third Nine, a three-year-old cow’s horns freeze and break. In the Fourth Nine, a four-year-old cow’s horns freeze and break. In the Fifth Nine, rice will not freeze outside anymore. In the Sixth Nine, snow melts and roads start clearing. In the Seventh Nine, hilltops appear from under the snow. The Ninth Nine is when it’s no longer cold and warm days have arrived.
The First Nine starts on December 22, and we’re currently experiencing the Sixth Nine.The Vigorous Three Nines are the coldest nines, the second, third, and fourth nine days. This painting shows the Mongolian revenance for the numbers three and nine.
Among the many portraits stands “Good Spirit of a Man”, a black-and-white painting of Denzen, an old man from the classic Mongolian movie “Flood”. The movie is about a man who sacrifices his life to help a pregnant woman while a young couple tries to cross a stream after a flood. The portrait skillfully represents Mongolian ideals of hospitality and generosity.
Overall, the exhibition effectively grips the viewer with depictions of many cultural and historic sides of Mongolia.

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