Poster outside Zanabazar Museum



Bare House. Ulaanbaatar
August 1st – 7th & October 3rd – 11th 2011


Ulu Braun (GER), Dugarsuren Batkholboo (MGN), Dugarsuren Batzorig (MGN), Ganbat Enkhjargal (MGN), Katrin Hornek (AUT), Aletta de Jong (NL), Chris van Mulligen (NL), Christine Saalfeld (GER/NL), Sedbazar Ganzug (MGN), Karin Suter (CH/NL), Togmidshiirev Enkhbold (MGN),Yondonjunain Dalkh-Ochir (MGN), Oula Salokannel & Annu Wilenius  (FIN)

Curated by Annu Wilenius.

BARE HOUSE.Ulaanbaatar is part of an international exhibition and publication project that comments on the built environment, reflecting upon the past and present ideals of modern society through different traditions and experiences around the world. The project focuses especially on architecture and the dimensions of personal existence. Modernisation with its belief in prefabricated construction and standards is challenged by the potential for autonomous construction. 

For example Katrin Hornek’s documentary film project If Architecture Could Talk parallels ideas of freedom professed by Austrians building gers and Mongolian housing prospectors building standardized and prefabricated apartment blocks. In his work My Home T. Enkhbold puts up his ger in different locations in Mongolia and Europe reflecting on the ger as a symbol of nomadic life and his own relation to both the new setting and his own experience. Many of the works bring forth juxtapositions of traditions and a miraculous –albeit possibly horrendous – future as for example S. Ganzug and Ulu Braun in their works. S.Ganzug presented his home village, Songino in the Western Mongolian mountains, with an installation of paper windmills after his residency period in the Netherlands. These awoke a lot of local discussion. Braun leaves contemporary localities behind in his apocalyptic vision of a Westcoast blending architecture with other waste. Some of the works pose questions more on the representation of things, such as Karin Suter’s installation compiled from the depositories of the Zanabazar museum itself or Annu Wilenius’ composition of Ulaanbaatar scenes with the story of her own childhood environment in Finland.

The Bare House -project started from the base of another exhibition exchange project, Mongolia: Perception and Utopia, realised between 2005 and 2008 also in Mongolia and Finland. Whereas the first project focused on the merging of experiencing ‘real’ Mongolia and the ‘ideal’ images both the Mongolians and Westerners held about it, the current project - Bare House - focuses on the built environment and especially on the tensions created by the recent urbanisation processes. Mongolia – where nomadism and soviet city planning is changing with disorganized ger districts and staggering tower blocks – functions as a reference point and perspective in the project, alongside the post-industrial cities of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Pori in Finland.

In cooperation with Blue Sun Contemporary Art Center & Aalto University, Pori Department of Art and Media

Supported by Alfred Kordelin’s Foundation, Swedish Arts Council in Finland, Kone Foundation, Finnish Arts Council, IFA Institut für Auslandsbesiehungen e.V.





Yo. Dalkh-Ochir: Nomadic-TV, 2010-2011in the background Katrin Hornek: If Architecture Could Talk, film/ installation, 2010-11

D, Batkholboo: Grass/Water, installation, video, 2010-2011


Katrin Hornek: If Architecture Could Talk, film/ installation, 2010-11

T. Enkhbold: Soul, performance, installaiton. video, 2011

Ulu Braun: Westcoast, HD, 2009, background T. Enkhbold: Soul, 2011.