The art of Fete de Francophone


Work from a fine arts competition organized by Alliance Francaise de Mongolie for Fete de Francophone (Festival for French Speaking Countries) is being exhibited at Blue Moon Art Gallery through March 21.

A total of 38 artists from the ages of 18 to 35 participated in the exhibition with paintings, multimedia art, sculptures, and installation works that have never before been presented. The competition asked for the work submitted to include one of 10 given key words: a sly person, significant someone, a private stall, to rain heavily, crazy, dim light, blowing snow, thick coffee, transportation vehicle, or patient.

The winner of the festival’s competition will be given the right to participate in a four-week artist-in-residence program in Paris, France, and will be announced on March 26. Three candidates are in the running for first prize, Munkhbolor for “Crazy”, Yesunge for “Dim Light”, and E.Jantsankhorol for “Patience”.

The hall is filled with work in many different styles, with something for everyone. Contemporary paintings using the Mongol zurag technique, masks on a felt background, modern paintings inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”, realistic paintings of Mongolian culture, and mixed media avant-garde sculptures dominated the exhibition and made it one of a kind.

Although not qualified to participate in the competition for the Paris residency, “Zanabazar among the Wild Beasts”, a painting by B.Enkhchuluun inspired by Da Vinci’s Last Supper, drew my attention. “I got the name from ‘Donatello among the wild beasts’, a phrase which was used by art critic Louis Vauxcelles to disparage artists other than Donatello at the Salon d’Automne in 1905. Donatello had a Renaissancestyle sculpture, and the artworks around him were in bold colors, which came to be known as fauvism. I meant to say ‘wildly cool’ when I drew the biggest art figures in the history of mankind and called them wild beasts,” he said. The painting includes various pets owned by the artists and pieces of their famous artworks or items frequently used throughout their lifetime.