Chaolun Baatar (1951 – 2021) was born in Inner Mongolia and lives and works in China, Mongolia and New York. He received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Central University of the Nationalities in Beijing. He has had several solo exhibitions notably at The Art Museum of Chang Liu, Taipei, Indiana University; the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island; and at the National Museum of Fine Arts both in Ulaanbaatar and in Beijing. He is noted for his startling earthworks, â€œToonoâ€ at Khazuurt Mountain in Ulaanbatar and â€œSecond Burning,â€ in Derljee. His work is in many permanent collections including the National Museum of Fine Arts, Inner Mongolia and at the Museum of Fine Arts Chang Liu, Taipei.
For Chaolun Baatar, the attacks of September 11 inspired a new artistic paradigm. â€œArt has typically been something appreciated inâ€”and confined toâ€”studios and galleries,â€ he said. â€œAfter 9/11, I felt the need to bring cultures together through the universal experience of nature and the environment. In an artistic transition from canvas to land, my focus shifted to â€˜Earthworksâ€™.â€
Baatarâ€™s premier Earthwork, or â€œLand Art,â€ is called â€Skylight Toono,â€ and is displayed on video for gallery visitors. The film â€œSkylight Toonoâ€ exhibits a mesmerizing circle of fire on the groundâ€”a 50-meter-diameter, wheel-shaped configuration whose media are dry leaves and gasoline.
The video goes on to Baatarâ€™s â€œThe Desolate Tree,â€ which pans over the contorted branches of a dead tree as an allegory for the grotesque potential of a neglected environment.
â€œThe mysterious aspect of each work is the psychic residue left between the ineffable distance of conscious reality and unconscious processes of recording the beauty of [his] painterly application. This is the gift which this artist so provocatively brings to the world and it stems from a rare discernment and the capacity to see beyond sightâ€™s everyday parameters.â€
On October 10 2016, Chaolun along with another Mongolian Artist held a joint exhibition International Mongolian Contemporary Art Exhibition at the United Nations Delegates Entrance, held to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Mongolia’s accession to full membership at the U.N.