Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Emerging talents fly solo at 976 Art Gallery

Mongolia’s leading contemporary art hub, 976 Art Gallery, moved to Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, and opened with solo shows from emerging talents B.Nomin and B.Baatarzorig. The exhibitions are on view through August 14.

Ersdel Daguulsan Togloom
(Naughty Game)
Solo show by B.Nomin

Nomin was trained in traditional painting methods at the Fine Arts School of the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture. She uses the aesthetics of Mongolian and Buddhist art, commissioned by ancient religious and imperial institutions, to comment on contemporary issues, examining the themes of wealth, politics, nature, and human relationships. 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. She is a member of the International Artist Pension Trust and recipient of a number of prizes in Mongolia. Her works have been displayed in over 30 exhibitions held in leading galleries and museums in Mongolia and overseas, in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Paris. Her work is in the collections of notable individuals from all over the world.

Neg (The One)
Solo show by B.Baatarzorig

Graduate of the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, Baatarzorig brings attention to the preservation and loss of Mongolia’s cultural heritage in his artwork. He chooses his media and subject based on his concern that part of the country’s roots were cut off during the period of repression in the 1930s, when socialists purged Mongolian nobles and traditions alike. Baatarzorig collects wooden chest cutouts and metal decorations, heirlooms of countryside families, to use as the surfaces of his paintings. He doubly preserves Mongolia’s heritage by painting faces of aristocrats on these artifacts. He also invites his community to question the changes occurring around them by juxtaposing contemporary icons on pieces of Mongolian history. He is a member of the International Artist Pension Trust, a participant in notable residence programs and the recipient of a number of prizes in Mongolia. In 2013, he was nominated for the International Prudential Eye Award by Parallel Contemporary Art.

For more than two years, the gallery was located on the 5th floor of Max Mall, presenting the best artworks of Mongolian masters and emerging talents to the public. The new location is closed, private and comfortable compared to the noise and disturbance of the previous place. The new gallery includes a boutique, where people can have a coffee, while reading art books.
The new location of 976 Art Gallery is on the first floor of the Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Prime Minister Amar Street, 100 meters east of Central Square.

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