“Lost in Tngri” (Lost in Heaven) exhibition will be displayed at 976 Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar between January 26 and February 9. The exhibition was previously displayed at the 57th Venice Biennale international art exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva, featuring 120 invited artists, of which 103 were participating for the first time, 86 national participation, a special project, and 23 collateral events in Venice, Italy from May 13 to November 26, 2017. More than 4,000 visitors attended the grand opening of the Venice Biennale 2017 international art exhibition. Commissioned by former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Ts.Munkh-Orgil for the National Pavilion of Mongolia, which presented the exhibition “Lost in Tngri”, bringing together five artists (Sh.Chimeddorj, G.Munkhbolor, O.Enkhtaivan, J.Bolortuvshin, and Ts.Davaajargal), who explore the urgencies of Mongolian contemporary society. Director of Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association B.Gantuya served as the project director and founder of Khukh Nar Center Yo.Dalkh-Ochir served as the curator of the exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Tessa Jackson (a British contemporary art curator, writer and administrator) worked as the artistic advisor. Over 100,000 visitors, including politicians, businessmen, artists, art critics and art amateurs, attended during six months the exhibition was open. Moreover, over 20 televisions, newspapers and magazines (including TNT International, Art Radar, One Art Nation, Oxford, Asian Art Newspaper, About Time, Arts Life and Flash Art) highlighted Mongolian artists. As their main concept, the artists and curator provided the following statement, “The country is at a crossroads between its identity as a nomadic nation with an important history of Shamanism and Buddhism, and a new economic reality of globalization where the use of natural resources threatens its very existence. Traditions of herding across vast and beautiful terrains with a life connected to nature, ancestry and the spiritual world is seen as heaven by many. Economic opportunity created after the collapse of the socialist system in 1990, has opened the door to another type of heaven for many Mongolians. Mining, construction, cashmere and other businesses have boomed to create wealth, through exploiting the lands of their ancestors. But is the country disappearing between these two biospheres? Through film, installation, sculpture and sound, the artists from across generations, question Mongolia’s future.” Furthermore, the exhibition alludes to human nature and its effect upon society and the environment. While the context is uniquely Mongolian, the impacts are global and universal. It was the second time that Mongolia took part in the Venice Biennale by the invitation of Paolo Baratta, the president of La Biennale di Venezia.
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