Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Desert of Forbidden Art will have its US television premiere on the Emmy Award winning PBS series Independent Lens during the new 2010-2011 season. The final broadcast date will be announced in September but is expected to be in April or May 2011. How does art survive in a time of oppression? During Soviet rule, artists who stay true to their vision are imprisoned or executed.
Their plight inspires Igor Savitsky who daringly rescues 40,000 fellow artists' works and creates a museum in Uzbekistan's desert, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB.
Described as "one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art" and located in one of the world's poorest regions, today these paintings are worth millions.