Catalogue of the Imago Mundi Collection "Unexplored Territory" (2013) by Contemporary Artists From MongoliaImago Mundi
I have known Mongolia for about ten years. It is a remote land – stretching between Russia and China – four times the size of Italy, but with just three million inhabitants. The population is expected to increase to five million by 2030, but today, from the Altai mountains to the Gobi desert, the overwhelming sensation is one of a primordial silence, conducive to meditation.
Tsolmonbayar Batbaatar - Blue Flag (2013)
In a rapidly standardising world, Mongolia is an unspoiled space of great natural and spiritual beauty, where the activities of daily life still follow the rhythm of the seasons. The subsoil, for example, is rich in raw materials, from coal to oil, copper and gold, but the earth is frozen for six months of the year, making them difficult to extract.
Batmunkh Choijilnamsrai - Dressage Of Brumby (2013)
Tserenchimed Battulga - Youth (2013)
Munkhtsetseg Batmunkh - Mongolian Brand (2012)
A primitive urbanisation sits alongside the herders, who have nomadism in their blood; they rear their livestock, from which they produce excellent cashmere. Getting to know them is a truly authentic experience. They live in traditional gers – circular felt tents, described by Herodotus as early as 400 BC – which to my mind represent veritable masterpieces of northerly design. On the outskirts of the capital Ulan Bator and in the desert they are set together in clusters.
Munkhbat Baatar - Sukhbaatar Square (2013)
Ochbold Batjargal - Talisman Of Blue Sky (2013)
Rinchinochir N. - Mongolian Traditional Painting (2012)
There I was able to see how the herders live in a space between the age – old rhythms of nature and the fragments of modernity – with satellite dishes and parked cars outside their traditional tents. In the areas further from the city, they organise sporting events like in ancient times, where the horse is the central focus. Mongolian horses are small but very sturdy, and able to withstand long journeys and extreme climates. The traditional horse racing goes back into the mists of time, probably as far back as Genghis Khan himself.
Ganzorig Dangaa - Those Dainty (2013)
Delgertsetseg Battulga - Lullaby (2013)
Enkhtur Pulj - Warm Talk (2013)
Chadraabal Adiyabazar - Benetton Bull (2013)
Ulan Bator is a capital city destined to become very modern, thanks to major investments; a city animated by turbulent development (changing from a small town to a metropolis in just twenty years), which is now curbed by the judicious management of the public administration, following principles introduced by international consultants.
Odgerel Tsulbaatar - Who, When Will Do For Us? (2013)
Vandan Badamjav - Orphan Colt (2013)
Altanchimeg Chagdgavaa - One Body (2013)
The Mongolians that I have met in person have all proved to be excellent businesspeople. They are warm, interested, sporting in the true sense, ready to take risks and to fully assume their responsibilities.
Olzbaatar Tserendorj - Morning (2013)
Batbaatar B. - Untitled (2012)
Sukhburen N. - Untitled (2012)
I believe that this collection of works by artists of all ages can help us to understand a country that aspires to modernity, while preserving the vigorous roots of its past. Mongolian art tells us of the enchantment of nature. The infinite horizons and deep spirituality of Mongolia attract the attention of the Western world.
Telmen Bayasgalan - Legend (2013)
Gansukh Burendorj (Mongolian)
Cristina Ermacora (Italian)
Caroline Henderson (English)
Enkhtuya B. - 'Meditation'
Editing And Translation
Special Thanks To
Tsengunjav Gurjav - Mongolian Mistress