It was wonderful experience. we had some bad weather, but it gave me the opportunity to spend more time with nomad family and it was a very enriching time. Our guide Tuvshee was joyful and friendly and most importantly a very good cook (in extreme conditions) during tent camping. We want to come back and we will buy a ger to put in our garden!~ Anais Julienne & Bernardo Montufar, France
We are living in interesting times, where the art world is breaking boundaries and leaving the traditional four white walls of the gallery and coming out into the streets for everyone to enjoy and as well as spreading into the nature wilderness.
Blue Mongolia Tour agency has got several active managers, who always initiate and offer the different types exotic tour programs including boutique art travels, which combines immersive cultural experiences with art workshops in vast steppe of Mongolia. Bagiue, Nara and Sarah (french, english, german speaking tour managers, cultural and art travellers), were inspired by their passion for art and travel to design creative adventures for people, like themself, looking for a more authentic and immersive travel experiences in Mongolia. They like to say to tourists that you don’t need to have any creative experience; just curiosity, a love of art and a sense of adventure is enough to take the exotic art trips. We bring together mongolian exceptional artists, skilled travel guide, local art experts and combine this talent with sumptuous accommodation in historic places, adventures in dining, cultural festivals and art workshops. Our art travel tour guides are the students and art teachers of Mongolian Art University. The scope of their practicing includes leading art travels, enriching the tour parts and managing the art workshops for tourists. Of course, they were thrilled by the recognition of the success for a relatively new type of special travels which obviously has filled a much needed niche in the Mongolian tourism market. It is thankful to everyone for their continued support.
Making friends in the field of arts, sharing your ideas about art in the future, enjoying wine and delicious local food, painting in the wild nature, discovering the Mongolian art features are main parts of our art travels. Feel luxuriously looked after, in a secure wild nature environment amongst friends while immersing yourself in an exotic culture and awakening your creative spirit is the most fantastic. Besides that you will see the hidden feature and brilliant effect of Mongolian art philosophy.
Art excursions are speciel trips that combine Art and Adventure! Through experiential education, we expand our mission to build self-confidence and a passion for art. Art tours invites kids and teenagers to try something new and expand their horizons. Usually, excursions leave school children pleasantly surprised at their new-found abilities and hungry for more! Art travels promote a wide range of educational opportunities. Armed with sketchbooks, environmentally friendly art supplies and cameras, each child records the event pictorially. Later, in the studio, students may elaborate on the pieces to create a final work of art according to Mongolian art school and Mongolian painting styles. The art ranges from realistic to abstract. We encourage the students to record not only what they see, but try to capture how the day felt by illustrating mood, the environment and their personal thoughts. We often use a professional outfitter to lead our clients in cool activities like horseback riding, trekking and biking.
If you’re an artist, painter, or art related job doing person with an adventurous spirit, if you love to paint & love to travel, if you live for both, if you want to share your experiences with other like minded people from vast steppe, you are welcome to be our client for the art and adventure travel.
Visiting to museums and galleries
Cosmopolitan and Buddhism cultured, Ulaanbaatar city is buzzing with life from old-schools of Mongolian art and Buddhism art, into intriguing modern art museums and galleries, inspiring Mongolian art phylosophy and art design. In Ulaanbaatar we offer you to visit to several art museums and private art galleries. The top of them are Zanabazar Buddhist art museum and Mongolian modern art gallery in the city center. You will visit these museums and you will be introduced with top artworks of Mongolian artists. Buddhist art works are thangkas, deity figures, appliques, wood carving, oil creation, stone carving and paper mache works. Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar was a prodigious sculptor, painter, architect, poet, costume designer, scholar, initiator of Zanabazar art school and linguist, who is credited with launching Mongolia's seventeenth century cultural renaissance. He is best known for his intricate and elegant Buddhist sculptures created in the Nepali-derived style, two of the most famous being the White Tara and Varajradhara, sculpted in the 1680s. His greatest masterworks, including Varajradhara, Green Tara, White Tara, Twenty One Taras, the 5 Dhyani Buddhas and walking Maitreya were created in the mid 1680s at Tovkhon Monastery. Zanabazar's works testify to his exceptional skill of depicting feminine beauty as well as his unique aesthetic vision of human physical perfection. His sculptures, portraying peaceful and contemplative female figures, are beautifully proportioned with facial features characterized by high foreheads, thin, arching eyebrows, high- bridged noses, and small, fleshy lips.
In Modern art gallery you will see the selected art works of Mongolian modern and contemporary artists and most of them are artworks of artists, who made them in socialist period of Mongolia –between 1920-1990. Here you will see impressive display of modern and uniquely Mongolian paintings and sculptures, with nomadic life, people and landscapes all depicted in styles ranging from impressionistic to nationalistic. There are top 3 paintings: The Fight of the stallions by O.Tsevegjav in 1958, After work by G.Odon, Old violinist by N.Yadamsuren.
Then you will visit to Mongol Art gallery, which is the one of the private galleries. You will be welcomed by the gallery curator Mrs.Oyun-Erdene, who is specialized in the Mongolian painting design. The museum staff will organize the meeting with Mr.Sergelen, the painter of the Mongolian One day in present time, the one day of the our world, will be introduced to you and your group.
Visiting to art studios and Meet Mongolian artists
In Ulaanbaatar city you will visit to the art studio Gerelt Mandal and meet with painter Batjargal.D, painter of Mongolian painting and abstract painter. He is the special man and special artists, who has own very unique extraordinary philosophy on art and human life. He will welcome our group into his studio, which is full of abstract and mongol paintings. First of all, you will have an introduction about the artist and his exhibition in Mongolia and abroad. Then he will introduce you the Mongolian mentality and Mongols’ philosophy on art, human life and a great space and more further into the universe and heaven. After talking about the Mongolian art, you will have a real time to try the Mongolian style of painting. According to Mongol zurag method, you will paint the nature and universe. It is real fun and it will open your mind and soul. The painting should not be realistic, you can paint what you feel and how you feel.
You will have very interesting information about Mongolian symbolism and animals in art.
In mongolian art culture, the mostly depicted animals are horse, turtle, dragon and deer. Turtles live for a very long time and have a slow metabolism they are associated with longevity and symbol of mother earth. Horses are fast and very honest animal and it is associated with symbol of much power and honesty. Dragon is the animal, which is in heaven and only shamans can see them during their travel in dark world- universe. It is a symbol of much power and strength. Deer is a boss owner of the nature, forests and mountains. That is why mongols consider these animals as sacred animals and they paint or carve them for their important monuments, books and even in their architecture.
Artist and teacher, Batjargal will help you switch on your observational eye to find unexpected glimpses of nature, the effects of rapidly changing mind and thoughts of the man. After the meeting you will have authentic understanding that art is the language and great wish of your and your ancestors souls and the message heaven through art.
A 7 day Art Expedition in Gobi Desert
Mongolian Gobi Desert is a wild, remote, windswept dot in the south of Mongolia. It boasts over 2000 kms of sandy soiled dry area with interesting wildlife and fauna. It has high contrasted and colorful cliffs, yellowish sand dunes, wild onion green steppe, rocky hills and big valleys with dense vegetation. It inhabits the camels, horse, goats and other desert wild animals including lizards and gazelles. There are some tourists camps with ger rooms, which serve delicious Mongolian cuisines, Mongolian barbeque and European standard delicious food. It is an area with a rich and interesting history of geology and paleontology and survival of ancient animals and a quiet atmosphere of magic with its wild and lonely picturesque view. Flaming cliffs, rocky hills, sand dunes with small river, wetlands and heavy big camels and govi desert nomad’s house- gers are there to be the model of your painting. Sand dunes, gers and camels are to be painted in gobi desert!
During the stay in Gobi desert, you will visit the home – ger of nomad Mr. Yondon, who has fashioned a beautiful home- ger near Khongor sand dunes, and as well as the artist Davaa and art teacher Otgon’s gers in small village. It is decorated with their own sculptures, paintings and prints, as well as indigenous artworks that they have collected over the years.
Travelers will enjoy this absolute setting accommodations in the stunningly beautiful Gobi Three Beauties National Park. You can also stay in iconic camp cottages, all with spectacular views of Khongor Sand dunes and the morning sunrise. The Gobi camp is more comfortable and upmarket with internal shower and toilet rooms.
Painting in wild nature
Traveling and drawing in remote desert places is a great way to connect with nature. Gobi has so many options for drawing outside – low bush, rolling hills, rocky hills, sand dunes, colorful cliffs, travel roads without signs and nomads white gers, which look like a small mushroom in big green field, and oasis, all of which is flanked by a dramatic escarpment.
Under the guidance of artist Zolsuren.D, you will be painting and drawing directly from nature. We will be travelling to different locations every day from rugged, deserted areas to another completely different landscape areas with sand dunes and vast steppe with nomads, who are grazing their herds of sheep and horses. During the workshop, Zolsuren will show you how to capture the beauty of nature, while exposing you to a variety of ideas and approaches, with a mix of teaching, demonstrations, one-on-one mentoring and informal discussions on art over meals in the evening. Participants will improve their skills in painting and drawing directly from nature in a peaceful and relaxed environment, in a small group of like-minded people. During the workshop, Zoloo will show you how to capture the beauty of nature, while exposing you to a variety of ideas and approaches, with a mix of teaching, demonstrations and informal discussions on art over meals in the evening. Learning a new skill or develop new ones while immersed in the beautiful surroundings is awesome.
9 Must-see masterpieces of Mongolian Paintings
One Day in Mongolia, 1911-1912
This masterwork has created by B.Sharav who was born in Gobi Altai province and renowned artist of early 19th century of Mongolia. His most famous painting, One day in Mongolia, is depicting every aspect of nomadic people’s life in Mongolia in a slightly humoristic way. As legend has it, the Tibetan-born reincarnate ruler Bogd Khan (1870-1924) commissioned him to paint scenes representative of life in the Mongolian countryside during the first years of the Khan’s theocratic rule over Mongolia. One Day in Mongolia painting that contains many events, such as traditional wedding, to make engagement, making a felt, to worship a mountain, funeral rituals, to move from place to place, hunting, animal husbandry and farming etc.
Good Morning, Mama, 1962
Motherhood is the most beautiful stage in the life of woman. Portraying her emotions and love to the child on canvas is tough task! Good Morning, Mama is one of the series pictures of Morning of my country, which is a beautifully illustrated by the artist D.Amgalan who was born in Sukhbaatar province, Eastern Mongolia describes the joyfulness of little boy who is coming to his mother. While you see the painting, as feels like everyone’s mind will returns to a childhood time and heart will fulfill of happiness.The painting was depicted on the white background using just red and black colors. In addition to say, the big version of the painting is now displayed in the National Center for Maternal and Child Health of Mongolia.
Fight of Stallons, 1958
I can’t imagine, nomadic Mongolians without horses. It is traditionally said that “A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without the wings”. So, artist O. Tsevegjav, who was born in Mongolian vast steppe Dornod Province, in his painting mostly describes Mongolian stallions. The Fight of Stallons painting was created over a period of 15 years and finalized in 1958 which is made alive by oil paints, and is an exciting work of art that captures many interesting sections of horses, grass, blue sky and sunlight is illustrated with everything in nature.There had been arguments of two stallions and herdsman’s proudness of their life were contained in this painting.
After work, 1954
One of the famous impressionistic work of G.Odon who was born in Mongolian Buryat Tribe’s Dornod province, depicts a rural people resting after their harvest. The painting shows a period of harvest time representative of the Mongolia’s Socialist time during the medium of 19th century. However, it is obvious that the shows eight various types of young to old people’s characters in the forefront. Some would say this was to show the negative state of this sociaty. The guy, who is holding alchoholical drinks inside of his traditional clothes, seems punished by other people. While this explanation seems unverifiable, he is main character of this work.
Migration, by Ts.Minjuur
Migration painting was created by Ts.Minjuur who was born in Mongolian western Zavkhan province, he is well known by his work of Mongolian 1 tugrug currency. He is one of the most artistic painter and the painting shows the mongolian traditional culture of migration. Expectedly, you can see all of the views and ranges of the area in which he attemts to show, you will get an incredible sense of how nomadic Mongolians move their places during the four seasons. The nomads packed their gers on camelbacks and all along the way, families will invite the passing nomads to share some tea and dairy products.
Old Storyteller, 1958
This work of art by painter Y.Yadamsuren who was born in Chinghis Khan’s homeland Khentii Province. He also was the craftsmen and he decorated and revised museum of Choijin Lama temple and Bogd Khaan winter Palace museum. This descriptive painting was captures the typical Mongolian old man who was sitting on the rug and playing Mongolian traditional musical instrument horse fiddle. Over the years its value has increased significantly as illustration of traditional costume, culture and musical instrument by his paintings.
The realist modern painter D.Damdinsuren who was born in Mongolian historical site of Khentii province, he was monk in his young age. The painting Camel caravan is captures the camel caravan and entire scenery of the mongolian steppe.
Created by one of the famous artist N.Tsultem who was born in Arkhangai Province, central Mongolia, this fascinating work showcases Mongolian vast steppes and nomadic Mongolian culture. Mongolian accommodation ger, two humped camel, paved roads from far destination, blue sky, moving clouds are detailed described in one plane. You will feel the impression of Mongolian nomadic culture and gve an expression as Mongolian countryside life.
It is almost impossible for anyone to claim that they haven’t heard or seen the painting of Mona Lisa. It is also impossible to discuss art without making mention of this beautiful painting. Have you been imagined of if Mona Lisa was reborn in Mongolian Steppe? A modern artist S.Zayasaikhan was created the mysterious work of Mona Lisa’s Rebirth in Mongolian Steppe. The woman who is European face and wearing mongolian costume and sitting on Mongolian Steppe. This fascinating painting was published on interesting book Mona Lisa Reimagined by Goff Books, USA. This book features nearly 300 different portraits of Mona Lisa and emerging artists from over 50 different countries.
Art travel is inspiring. It feeds your soul and breathes new energy into your life. It sparks creativity and broadens your horizons. Especially when you take in a little art during your vacation.
If you are art lover, we help you craft your own masterpiece of an art trip in Mongolia.
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