EBRD hosts art from across the Gobi Desert

Claire Ricklefs          www.ebrd.com

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s London headquarters have been temporarily transformed by a colourful and diverse exhibition of contemporary works by Mongolian and international artists whose work is inspired by the rich culture and history of Mongolia.

The exhibition, which attracted distinguished members of the Mongolian community including the Mongolian ambassador toLondon, was officially opened on Wednesday 8 June to the spherical sounds of a traditional Mongolian fiddle player and a throat singer.

Welcoming staff and guests to the reception, EBRD’s First Vice President Varel Freeman commented on the extraordinary creativity and variety of art on display, which also reflected his personal impressions of the country and its incredibly rich cultural history. To date, the EBRD has invested over EUR 1 billion inMongoliaand Mr Freeman took the opportunity to express his hopes for even greater future cooperation between Mongolia and the EBRD.

Batbileg Darjaa, some of whose work is inspired by Queen

Mongolian artist Batbileg Darjaa has devoted his latest exhibition to British rock band Queen, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Some of Batbileg’s work will also feature at Freddie Mercury’s Montreux Memorial Day celebration in Switzerland later this year. Batbileg is also well-known for his decorative hand-woven tapestries whose striking colours and patterns cannot fail to impress. Full story on the Mongolian exhibition: http://mongolianartlondon.wordpress.com

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