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Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, has experienced sweeping changes in attitudes towards its arts and culture. From the celebrated religious artworks of monk and artist Zanabazar to the near destruction of Buddhist culture during the Communist purges of the 1930s, Ulaanbaatar is now steadily building a vibrant contemporary art scene that celebrates Mongolia’s long-standing cultural traditions, while encouraging modern art creation.
Located in busy central Ulaanbaatar within the Khan Bank Building, the Red Ger Art Gallery is overseen by the Arts Council of Mongolia, which supports the development of arts and culture in the country. Launched in 2002, Red Ger aims to promote Mongolian art both within the country and abroad while nurturing and supporting new, emerging talent. To this end, 70% from the sale of each painting goes directly to the artist that created it, while the remaining 30% goes to the Arts Council to fund further arts projects. The gallery has also exhibited western modern art, as it did with Norman Rockwell’s America, a show jointly organised by the Arts Council, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the US Embassy in Mongolia to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the US. It featured Rockwell’s famous works ‘The Problem We All Live With’ and ‘No Swimming.’