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DALKH-OCHIR Yondonjunai

Dalkh-ochir, a pioneer of contemporary Mongolian art, is an artist who has profoundly influenced the shape of the Mongolian art scene today. In the 1980s, his early works, which focused on the previously taboo elements of Mongolian history, such as the legend of “The He-Wolf and Beautiful Deer” (“Borte Chono and Goo Maral”), the mythical progenitors of Mongolian race, gained widespread attention. In the following years, he introduced many new media to the younger generation of artists by working with installations, performances, land art, etc.

In his paintings, Dalkh-ochir often employs the techniques of Mongolian traditional painting, or Mongol zurag, which is characterized by its lack of perspective and flatness of representation. In addition, Dalkh-ochir’s work frequently alludes to the cave paintings found in various parts of Mongolia. The series of paintings entitled “Messages” (2007) employ these techniques to juxtapose the past with the present, while the very name “Messages” invokes both the shamanistic notion of spiritual connection between man and nature as well as the more prosaic reality of modern means of communication (the individual pieces are named after the text messages the artist received while working on them).

Dalkh-ochir was born in 1958. He graduated from the Sculpture department of the Institute of Fine Arts (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) in 1979, and from the Oil painting department of the Ulaanbaatar Teacher’s College in 1988. Dalkh-ochir’s work has been extensively exhibited both in Mongolia and abroad; most recently, he has participated in the Third Guangzhou Triennial. A founding member of “Green horse” modern art association, Dalkh-ochir has led the “Blue sun” contemporary art group, an arts collective with a contemporary art focus since 2002. He currently lives and works in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


“Arkhangai landscapes” group exhibition


November 15 – December 1, 2008
Opening reception: November 15, 2008 at 3 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is pleased to present a collection of landscapes inspired by the beautiful Arkhangai, Mongolia. In August, 2008 XanaduART gallery artists traveled to Arkhangai, visiting its many scenic sites, including the White lake of Terkh (Terhiin tsagaan nuur), Horgo mountain (an extinct volcano) as well as Arkhangai’s many other places of interest. Their impressions are hereby presented to the public.

The exhibition brings together works by Yo.Dalkh-ochir, S.Mashbat, D.Batzorig, T.Enkhbold, Z.Osokhbayar, B.Badral, B.Orkhontuul, D.Batkholboo, Ts.Odgerel and B.Ganbaatar. Given the artists’ background, the works presented greatly differ from the traditional Mongolian landscape school. While traditional landscapes tend to focus on the serenity of the Mongolian steppe, T.Enkhbold’s quasi-abstract expressionist paintings are full of energy and intensity. On the other hand, Z.Osokhbayar’s almost monochrome paintings impart an eerie sense of calmness in depicting the Horgo mountain surrounded by the lake.

Please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail (English) for more information regarding this exhibition.


DALKH-OCHIR Yondonjunai: “Messages”


February 14 – 24, 2008
Opening reception: February 14, 2008 at 5 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is proud to host a solo exhibition by artist Yo. Dalkh-Ochir entitled “Messages”.

Yo. Dalkh-ochir, who has been named “the father of Mongolian contemporary art”, has been actively exhibiting and promoting Mongolian contemporary art since 1980s. He has pioneered the use of installations and land art projects in the 1990s, popularizing these mediums among younger artists. In 2002 Dalkh-ochir has established the “Blue sun” contemporary art group, which brings together many emerging artists working in different mediums. His protégés include D. Batzorig (Bazo), B. Chinbat, D. Dorjderem and T. Enkhbold, among others.

“Messages”, hosted by XanaduART gallery, is the first solo exhibition by the artist in Ulaanbaatar in many years. Dalkha, as he is known, is exhibiting several large scale paintings, sculptures and installations united under one concept – “Messages”. The word has several different connotations in Dalkha’s work – first of all, it embodies a spiritual and holy element, secondly, it addresses the question of technology taking over human lives, thereby separating men from the primordial bond with nature. In relation to this issue, the artist has named his paintings after the text messages he has received while working on the painting, which quite literally goes with the title “Messages”.

The four-limbed figure in his paintings and sculptures is a captivating image, entrapping the viewer with its odd composition. Along the lines of the title, one may see it as the image of the modern man, who has been infinitely accessorized. However, the naked figure still appears very primitive as its sits surrounded by a primal landscape. Man’s connection and dependence upon nature is a theme Dalkh-ochir has frequently explored, and his latest works still retain this tendency.

Along with the paintings, the exhibition includes an installation created with objects which the artist used and interacted with during the five months he spent in his studio in preparation for the exhibition. Dead flies, cigarette butts and odd trinkets fill the plaster boards as witnesses of the artistic process. Thus, the figure of the artist is brought to the forefront.

The exhibition’s website is available at the following address: MESSAGES. Please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail (English) for more information regarding this exhibition.