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Artist Munkhbolor Ganbold
Artist Munkkh represents a younger generation of Mongolian artists, who grew up during harsh transition, a period of chaotic shifts in Mongolia’s society in 1990s. Despite the lack of understanding and support in contemporary art in Mongolia, Munkkh continues experimenting courageously.
The condition of scarcity played important role in his works. Munkkh uses materials and objects found on the streets, construction sites and wasteland. His paintings and sculptures often speak about struggles of living being and selfdestructive forces of the nature. Forms, shapes and materials symbolize particular phenomenon in the society or human-made illusions. Karma of Eating (2016), he displayed at Lost in Tngri – Mongolia Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2017, focuses on damage to the Mongolian ecosystem, a creeping desertification caused by overbreeding of goats for the cashmere business. His “contemporary portraits”, “urban landscape” series of paintings were displayed in numbers of solo and group shows held in Stockholm, New York, Gwangju and Ulaanbaatar.
For Dreams of Blue Grass, Munkkh produced series vibrant abstract paintings. As usual, he used dead animal skulls, rusty metal plates, rotten cottons and ropes. But palletes of paintings consist mainly of blue, gray, black and white, very little sign of bright colors and symbolic shapes that distinguished his early works. “Once in my dream, I saw a galaxy with countless stars and arresting textures. I was obsessed with images and decided to paint. Creation of 18 pieces of work was 1-year long journey, the process of exploring a new galaxy, where I ended up finding my own. It was a journey of investigating the world that surrounds me and the process of denying and rediscovering my-self. Sometimes I destroyed my works, and then used torn pieces for the collage. Sometimes I painted over my old paintings, then striped layers of paintings randomly. My paintings spoke about death, struggles of living being, mutative and self-destructive forces of the nature. Dreams of Blue Grass was a new world I discovered, which I want to explore more”, artist Munkkh says about his new exhibition.
Munkkh is a member of the “Human-Nature-Love-Freedom” contemporary art movement; obtained his education in Muthesius Fine Art College in Germany. He is a recipient of grants from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, U.S. Embassy, Alliance Française, Asian Culture Center, Gwangju, and Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association.