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The Mongolian Pavilion, Mongolia of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Mongolian Pavilion, Mongolia at Venice Biennale of Art – Calle S. Biasio, Castello 2131 – City of Venice

Exhibition in progress from April 23rd to November 27th 2022

The 59th Biennale Arte will open to the public on 23 April. But on the 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be the various openings and collateral events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The awards ceremony will take place on the day of the opening to the public.

The title of the 59th edition of the Biennale d’Arte is Il Latte dei Sogni that means The Milk of Dreams.

The invited artists are 213 from 58 countries. There are 26 Italian artists, 180 the first participations in the International Exhibition, 1433 the works and objects on display, 80 new productions.

In all, 80 nations will participate in the Venice Biennale in the pavilions at the Giardini, the Arsenale and in the historic center of Venice.

Curator of the 59th Venice Art Biennale

The 2022 edition is curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Mongolian Pavilion, Mongolia at 59th Biennale Arte of Venice

The title of the exhibition at the Mongolian Pavilion is A Journey Through Vulnerability.

Artists: Munkhtsetseg Jalkhaajav (Mugi).
Curators: Gantuya Badamgarav.
Commissioner: Nomin Chinbat, Ministro della Cultura della Mongolia.
Seat: Mongolia Pavilion, Calle S. Biasio, Castello 2131 – Venice

Press Release Mongolian Pavilion

The fourth appearance of Mongolia at the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia features Munkhtsetseg Jalkhaajav (Mugi), one of the foremost figures of contemporary art in Mongolia. During her long-distinguished career, Mugi (b.1967) has significantly contributed to the growth of Mongolian contemporary art and has exhibited locally and internationally.

Mugi’s artistic practice incorporates sculptures, paintings, videos, and performances and explores the notion of pain, fear, healing, and rebirth. Mainly reflecting her personal experiences, Mugi’s work investigates the complexities of female bodies, minds, and souls, and the connection with one-self and nature, capturing the tensions between different realms. Seemingly fictional yet grounded, her unique works embody invisible forces, such as spirits and myths, and tell sensible stories of women, unborn children, and the sorrowful fates of animals.

Inspired by Mongolian traditional healing methods and spiritual therapy, the process of her artistic creation is deeply intuitive and ritual-like. Through embodiments of the subject matter that evoke strong sentiments and juxtapositions of symbolic elements used for healing and protection, she meditatively examines the nature of her own anxiety and the process of its healing. Her particular ways of tearing, cutting, collating and stitching imply pain, anxiety, fear, hope and patience and create a specific language that allows Mugi to articulate and manifest her inner feelings and visions. In her works, birds represent the pulse of life, pregnancy, healing and protection, whereas female bodies represent her constant search for inner strength. The concept of reincarnation is the foremost interest of her artistic journey.

A Journey Through Vulnerability presents a series of installations, including soft sculptures, collages, video pieces, created by the artist during the last 15 years. The works are spread across three different rooms titled “Miscarriage”, “Dream of Gazelle”, and “Pulse of Life” and narrate stories of women and animals, offering the viewer a journey through the intimate, fragile, yet powerful world of Mugi.

The exhibition is curated by Gantuya Badamgarav, the founding director of the Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association. She initiated and organized Mongolia’s first-ever participation at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2015, then the Mongolian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017 and Biennale Arte 2019, curating the latter one. Upon the initiative led by the Minister of Culture Nomin Chinbat, 2022 Mongolia Pavilion follows a landmark decision made by the Government to ensure the continued participation of Mongolia henceforth at the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.



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