Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Desert of Forbidden Art

I have another political art rebel in my sights (PBS is on a roll, apparently). This one is about Igor Savitsky, who smuggled something in the ballpark of 40,000 pieces of art away from Soviet-era censors in Uzbekistan. He rescued these paintings and other works of art from being destroyed, though they are still not in the clear even with the communists out of power. 

"The irony is that the art Savitsky saved — beginning with traditional Uzbek folk art and textiles and blossoming to comprise art by ethnic Russian avant-garde artists — was at the time under fire for not being Soviet enough. Now it seems, 20 years after Uzbekistan won its independence — it is being targeted by the new regime for not being Uzbek enough."

Desert of Forbidden Art Museum Threatened in Uzbekistan

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