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The Desert of Forbidden Art
Running Time: 80 minutes
Country: Russia / USA / Uzbekistan
Cast: Voices: Ben Kingsley, Sally Field, Ed Asner
Showtime: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 06:00 PM
Director: Amanda Pope & Tchavdar Georgiev
Description: [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society] - Amanda Pope In Person
"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 by "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.
He pretended to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescued 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and created a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it.
Savitsky amassed an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They developed a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.
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