The Desert of Forbidden Art
A new documentary film by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev brings to light an the extraordinary story of an art museum hidden in the depths of the Uzbekistan desert.
Young painter Igor Savitsky founded the Nukus Museum of Art during the Soviet regime to save banned Soviet art from being destroyed by the KGB. The film documents the dramatic journey of Savitsky and his fellow artists as they strive for creative freedom.
Opened in 1966 in Nukus, Uzbekistan, and housing over 82,000 items, the museum represents the second largest collection of Russian Avante-Garde art in the world, after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.