through research, teaching, writings, and curatorial projects of Mongolian art historian Tsultemin Uranchimeg, Ph.D.
Mongolian Art
Exhibitions & Projects

Short Bio

Dr. Uranchimeg Tsultemin’s specialty is art of Mongolia and Tibet. As an Assistant Professor at the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture (1995-2002), she has curated Mongolian art exhibitions internationally: Tsukuba, Japan (1997), New York, NY (2000), Bonn, Germany (2001), Hong Kong (2011), Shanghai (2012), and published on Mongolian art.

She received her Ph.D. in History of Art from UC Berkeley in 2009 with the dissertation on Mongolian Buddhist art of the 17th - early 20th c. titled "Ikh Khüree: A Nomadic Monastery and the Later Buddhist Art of Mongolia."

Recently she served as a Lecturer at the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley, a Visiting Associate Professor at National University of Mongolia, and also is the John W. Kluge Postdoctoral Scholar at Library of Congress. In 2014-15, she is working on Mongolian Buddhist art and texts funded by the American Council of Learned Societies.

My Family

I was born into artists’ family and grew up seeing paintings, prints, art journals, and books all around the house. My father, my two older brothers, my brother-in-law, and my older sister are all practicing artists, who have established their distinguished place in Mongolian art scene. The distinct smell of paint and the feel of brush bristles on my fingers are still vivid in my memory and attract me to this day. My father, Nyam-Osoryn Tsultem (1923-2001), the eminent artist and art historian of Mongolia, who was instrumental in founding the Museum of Fine art in 1960s, the Modern Art Gallery in late 1970s, and published first books on Mongolian art history in Japan - a risky endeavor with the “capitalists back then - was a courageous man, to say the least. His love and passion for Mongolia and Mongolian art is my inherited bequest that I am living up to all my entire life.



Contact Form


Your Name

Mongolian Art


Early Nomads

The art of nomads dating to the First Millennium BCE is the topic I have worked on in recent past. In 2004 I wrote a paper about a site called Ushgiin-Uvur with deer stones near Moron in Hovsgol aimag in North-Western Mongolia. The site includes deer stones, and over 500 on-ground stone structures that are called "khirigsur."


Buddhist art

A Mongolian Buddhist scholar in the early 20th-century writes that there were 3 phases of Buddhist dissemination in Mongolia: via Silk Road, during the Mongol Imperial period through Sakya-Mongol connection, and during the later Gelug-Mongol alliance in the 17th c. onwards.

My research examines Buddhist art in the 18th - early 20th c. and focuses on the preeminent site Ikh Khüree, known in Western literature as Urga. I am interested in examining intricate relations between text and images, the agency between patrons, artists, and the audience.


Twentieth-century Art

My recent teaching and my new project is about art during socialist period across the borders. I aim to analyze how dynastic histories ended almost simultaneously in Russia, China and Mongolia thereby bringing new questions of art, tradition, and western ideas to each of these countries.

Despite all different histories of past, these countries became to share the troubled ideology of socialist utopia, and with that, the so-called "socialist style." I wonder How do we understand art and politics throughout the past century in this region?


Contemporary art

Curating keeps me in touch with contemporary art and artists. I have written and published general essays about Mongolian modern and contemporary art. Most recent is “Modernity and Tradition in Mongolian Contemporary Art” in Annu Wilenius ed., Bare House: Pori-Rotterdam-Ulaanbaatar (Pori Art Museum, Finland, 2011).
Recently I have begun research and writing about Mongolian women artists. My essay about D. Soyolmaa “Female Artist of Mongolia: Soyolmaa and Passion for Buddhist Tradition” appeared in Japanese in the journal Arena, vol. 14, 2012, Kyoto, Japan. Another essay on women artists “Women Artists of Mongolia” was published in Raiji Kuroda ed., Women Artists of Asia (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan: 2012).
This spring I have just finished a rough draft of a research paper discussing art of a renowned Mongolian female artist J.Munkhtsetseg.

"Identity and Politics in Contemporary Arts of East Asia" - Undergraduate Seminar in Asian Art MORE DETAILS.

Initiator and Curator, "Identities of the Other" Mongolian exhibition of Mugi in the international exhibition "Personal Structures" at Venice Biennale 2015.
Invited Curator, Mongolian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015.


Curated over dozen exhibitions of Mongolian contemporary art since 1997 internationally.

List of Exhibitions curated:

1997 "Art of Modern Mongolia" at Kasumi Tsukuba Center, Tsukuba, Japan
1999 "Women and Society" at Art Gallery of Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar, MGL
2001 "Curator and Artist" at Art Gallery of Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar, MGL
2001 "Colors from Mongolia" at E & J Frankel Gallery, New York City, San Francisco, USA
2001 "Nine Treasures" at Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
2005 "Modern Visions of Mongolia" at Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley
2009 "Mongol Zurag" at Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
2011 "Eyes of Taivan" at Stanford University
2011 "Modern Mongolia: from Steppe to Urban Dynamics" at Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong
2012 Ulaanbaabatar Pavilion "In Transition: Mobile Homes and Art of Mongolia Today" at 9th Shanghai Biennale, China

May 09 - November 22, 2015 - Mongolian Pavilion "Other Home," at Palazzo Mora (European Cultural Center), Venice Biennale, Italy. The Mongolian Pavilion is represented by works of a performance and conceptual artist T.Enkhbold and a German-based Mongolian sculptor Unen Enkh.
May 09 - November 22, 2015 - "Reincarnation" within the international project "Personal Structures" at Palazzo Bembo at Rialto Bridge, Venice Biennale, Italy. This is the first Mongolian exhibition of a woman artist featuring Mongolia's premier artist J.Munkhtsetseg, aka Mugi.


Besides exhibitions, I also organized large-scale events that included exhibitions, conferences, music and dance performances, and poetry readings. The following videos feature the recent week-long event "Mongolia Celebration" hosted at Stanford University's Music Department and UC Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies.

                                                                                       / Please scroll down for more videos /

1. Religion and the Arts in Mongolia, Part 1.                                                       Next video >>

2. Religion and the Arts in Mongolia, Part 2.                                                      Next video >>

3. Mongolian Harmony - Stanford Symposium Session 1.                                     Next video >>

4. Mongolian Harmony Concert at Stanford.                                                    Next video >>

5. Stanford Pan-Asian Festival - Mongolia - Part 1.                                              Next video >>

6. Stanford Pan-Asian Festival - Mongolia - Part 2.                                              Next video >>

7. Stanford Pan-Asian Festival - Mongolia - Part 3.                                              Next video >>

8. Stanford Pan-Asian Festival - Mongolia - Part 4.                                              Next video >>

9. Stanford Pan-Asian Festival - Mongolia - Part 5.                                              Next video >>

10. Stanford Pan-Asian Festival - Mongolia - Part 6.                                             Next video >>

11. Mongoliin soyoliin udruud- Stanford USA 2011.                                               Next video >>

12. New Art From Mongolia.                                                                            TOP OF PAGE


Photo Gallery

Artists Represented:
- N. Tsultem
- Ts. Enkhjin
- Ts. Munkhjin
- Ts. Narmandakh
- L. Bumandorj

Scroll down to view CV and some samples of art works. If interested in more information and/or purchase of art, please contact us via Contact Form.


Video gallery

New Art From Mongolia.