Thursday, June 2, 2011

Contemporary Mongolian Art in London: Group exhibition

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8th June – 24th June, 2011
Free admissions by appointment only Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:30pm
Opening reception: Wednesday 8 June, 2011 at 5:30 pm
RSVP: unurmaa@linguaglobal.org.uk or ulziia@ebrd.com
Venue: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN

EBRD is pleased to host a group exhibition of exciting contemporary works by Mongolian and International artists, whose work is inspired by the rich culture and great history of Mongolia, who once built the largest empire in the history of the world. We present selection of artworks by Mongolian artists, Batbileg Darjaa, Nurmaajav Tuvdendorj, Odgarig Sereeter, Otgonbayar Tod and Munkhgerel Odgarig and of the special guest Dutch artist René Polak, whose works have been inspired by the Mongolian folk rock band “Altan Urag”.
Batbileg Darjaa is an artist well-known for his decorative hand-woven gobelins. He recently finished working on his latest exhibition an on Queen, the British rock band, and displayed some of those magnificent artworks at the 25th Official Queen Fan Convention in the UK last year. Here we display some of the artworks as part of our exhibition dedicated to the 40th Aniiversary of Queen. Batbileg has been invited to exhibit during the Freddie Mercury’s Day Celebration in Montreux, Switzerland, which is due to take place in September 2011.

A graduate of both the Soyol Art College and the University of Arts and Culture in Ulaanbaatar, Nurmaajav Tuvdendorj is one of a handful of artists inspired primarily by our Mongolian traditions. She produces her ink paintings using a spontaneous and very rapid technique, an imaginative process contributing to their disarmingly simple yet evocative character. Nurmaajav also displays her master in works using “earth paint” and gouache, typical materials used by our native artists over the centuries.
Otgonbayar Tod has a very interesting background, having for many years been the chief artist of the Mongolian Postal Service. In that capacity, he was involved in the design and production of over 500 Mongolian stamps. Otgonbayar’s style is more contemporary, using bold and striking colours. His distinctive style uses vibrant colours inspired by the blue sky of Mongolia.

Our guest artist René Polak is a graduate from the Royal Academy of Art in Holland, which is the oldest art academy in Europe, known in Dutch as “Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten”. He is a devoted fan of the Mongolian folk rock band “Altan Urag” that he even drove several hours from the Hague to see them LIVE in concert in Groninghen in 2010. Recently René shared his artworks inspired by their music and said: ‘Sometimes I think how strange it is for me that I am painting themes about Mongolia while I have never been there. Probably the reason is that I am listening to Altan Urag’s music every day.’
Odgarig Sereeter is qualified as a lawyer with an experience working as an investigator in the Supreme Court of Mongolia, yet he is very passionate about art, history, science and philosophy thus gradually painting since 1988. Influenced by his profession, he does research a lot about history for the artwork he creates. He likes painting the men, who made an great impact on history of humankind, such as Genghis Khan, warriors of the Mongolian Empire and Red Indians.
Munkhgerel’s amazing paper cuttings will be displayed at the exhibition. She is one of the upcoming and new generation artists, who master the art of traditional Mongolian Paper Cutting. She cuts out the intricate patterns using scissors. She chooses the themes that reflect the aspirations and wishes of the people featuring themes like good fortune, bravery and a prosperous life.

Organised by:
Art Café at Lingua Global (www.linguaglobal.org.uk)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (www.ebrd.com)
Embassy of Mongolia in the UK (www.embassyofmongolia.co.uk)
Mongolian Association in the UK (www.mongolianartlondon.wordpress.com)

The artists are presented in association with Art café at Lingua Global in London, who donates proceeds from sales for supplementing the cost of educational workshops on Mongolian culture at schools in the UK and promoting Mongolian art and culture in the UK and Europe. They also support the Mongolian community in the UK by providing free interpreting at their events and sponsorship.

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