Between Heaven & Earth comprises over 25 new sculptures, the culmination of three years’ work. The exhibition focuses on Dashi’s bronze sculptures of animals, both real and mythical which are incredibly opulent and magnificent in scale: a monumental bronze patinated dragon entitled Golden Dragon measures three and a half metres from tip to tail. Seven new unique sculptures include four oynx and bronze sculptures; two lapis lazuli pieces and one marble sculpture: Amazon. Other key unique pieces are King of The Beast which is decorated with 24 carat gold leaf; Grace which incorporates over a ton of onyx and Tiger and Bird, a lapis lazuli and bronze sculpture adorned with an ornate murano glass and gold leaf mosaic.
Namdakov’s syncretic art brings together shamanistic beliefs, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Buryat folk art; his multifarious influences also span continents and ages. Namdakov’s sculptures belong to major private and public collections the world over including: The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, The Russian Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow, Tibet House in New York and the Guangzhou Museum of Art in China.
Also on display for the first time are twelve bronze animal sculptures which take inspiration from the Eastern Zodiac. These sculptures form part of the most recent Namdakov commission: The Centre of Asia which stands near the bank of the Yenisei River in Kyzyl, Russia. The monument was erected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of Republic of Tuva into Russia. It is said to be symbolic of the new spiritual and geographical centre of Asia.
”Dashi Namdakov is without question a phenomenon in art: not only Buryat or Russian art-and not only modern art-but art as a whole, regardless of time or place.” Elena F. Korolkova, Senior Researcher and Curator at the State Hermitage Museum