Genghis Khan by Dashi Namdakov unveiled at Marble Arch, London

1 May 2012

On Saturday 14th April, Halcyon Gallery unveils Genghis Khan, a monumental sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist, Dashi Namdakov, in an important London location.

The spectacular bronze statue rises to almost five metres from hoof to helmet and features the great Mongolian leader descending from heaven on horseback. Genghis Khan will be placed next to Cumberland Gate, Marble Arch, against a beautiful backdrop of green parkland and open skies.

Marble Arch was designed in 1825 by John Nash and was originally intended to host a programme of sculpture during the Napoleonic Wars. The location has been chosen to allow thousands of Londoners and visitors the chance to view Genghis Khan as they pass through one of London’s busiest junctions.

Dashi Namdakov’s triumphant bronze sculpture was specially commissioned for installation in Marble Arch. It depicts Genghis Khan wearing medieval Mongolian armour, with arms outstretched, lost in deep contemplation. The work showcases the artist’s incredible precision and attention to detail through the golden plaques on the livery, scenes of hunting beasts shown in relief and the special ‘antique’ patina of the plaited hair. The overall result is a powerful image of the ancient hero of the Mongols who has become part of our collective global civilization.

Namdakov has long been inspired by the historic Buryat Buddhist cultures which are part of his own ancestral heritage. With Genghis Khan, the artist has created an equestrian statue of an epic character which embodies the very essence of nomadism and brings the culture of the ancient Mongols directly to the public.

Other sculptures within Halcyon Gallery’s international public art programme can be found on nearby Park Lane where passers-by can see Dale Chihuly’s Glass Chandelier and Hyde Park where Isis, a sculpture by Simon Gudgeon resides by the Serpentine as well as Gudgeon’s Search for Enlightenment at Millbank.

The installation of Genghis Khan heralds the forthcoming major exhibition of Dashi Namdakov’s work from the past 12 years at Halcyon Gallery, London. The exhibition opens on 5 May and offers visitors the opportunity to view 45 sculptures and drawings. The collection showcases the artist’s highly original style and imagery which combines the spiritual traditions of the past with present day realities: the characters that Namdokov creates are simultaneously fantastical and strikingly authentic.