The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011)
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THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART is the incredible true story of how one man, Igor Savitsky, saved a treasure trove of art worth millions of dollars, "hiding" it in a museum in the desert in Uzbekistan. A tireless collector of paintings that the Soviet government wanted destroyed, Savitsky traveled thousands of miles - scheming, plotting, pleading - doing whatever it took to get his hands on the art he so passionately wanted to preserve. As a result of his efforts, The Karakalpakstan State Museum of
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Viewers of this remarkable documentary will be astonished at not only what this art looks like and why it's forbidden, but also where it is and how it got there.
One anecdote about Savitsky flouting an official demand to remove an offending painting ends with this deftly scoffing voice-over from his stand-in, Ben Kingsley: "Anti-Soviet? Of course. Degenerate? No way."
Needless to say, the film is packed with art, as well as interviews with art critics, journalists and the descendents of some of the artists.
Then there are the paintings themselves, which are breathtaking in their brilliant colors, and their hybrid influences of the Russian avant-garde and Central Asian folk culture.
What does the collector's collecting aim to substitute? What does the collection attempt to replace in the collector?
The fascinating story of one of the greatest collections of avant-garde art in the world and a plea for help in preserving it.
One of the paintings featured herein is currently my Windows desktop image.
The Desert of Forbidden Art tells the fascinating true story of a former aristocrat's efforts to save banned Soviet art in a remote desert area during the perilous Stalinist era.
An unusual and fascinating documentary about the survival of avant-garde art in the Soviet Union thanks to the courage, imagination, and zeal of one collector.
Outstanding documentary on the conflict between revolutionary artists and a state power determined to crush them in the name of "Communism". A great companion-piece to Chris Marker's "The Last Bolshevik".
Art collector Igor Savitsky saved 44,000 world class art works from obliteration by the repressive Soviet regime, and built a museum for them in Uzbekistan. If you love art, history, and heros, you will love The Desert of forbidden Art
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