Sapar Contemporary is presenting the first exhibition dedicated to Mongol Zurag art in New York City, featuring two of the most prominent representatives of this style, D.Uurintuya and Ch.Baasanjav.
According to co-curator, Ts.Uranchimeg: the Mongolian traditional style of painting is rooted in a Buddhist pictorial tradition known as Mongol Zurag (literally: Mongolian picture). This tradition was instrumental in maintaining the cultural identity for Mongolian artists during the period of socialism in the 20th century. It was largely suppressed prior to 1990, when Mongolia finally opened its doors to the world after seven decades of Soviet dominance as a new democratic, multi-party Asian country. Mongol Zurag subsequently was further developed in this century being boosted by contemporary changes of Mongolia’s economy and politics.