The Desert of Forbidden Art

Friday, March 11, 2011

Filmmakers Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev discuss their latest film, "The Desert of Forbidden Art", which tells the incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars came to be stashed in a far-off desert in Uzbekistan. Today, the work of Igor Savisky and his colleagues is described as one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art, yet it remains endangered—a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats, and art profiteers.

Courtesy of Savitsky Collection
"Crimson Autumn" by Ural Tansykbaev
Courtesy of Savitsky Collection
"Head" by Lyubov Popova
Photograph by Max Penson
Uzbekistan in the 1930s
Photographer Unknown
Artist Ural Tansykbaev


Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope

Comments [1]

Great conversation! I love this on the heels of previous segment. Thank you for highlighting some of the paintings on the slide show.

Mar. 11 2011 01:17 PM

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