The Desert Of Forbidden Art
The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011)

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, "hiding" it in a museum in the desert in Uzbekistan. A tireless collector of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Viewers of this remarkable documentary will be astonished at not only what this art looks like and why it's forbidden, but also where it is and how it got there.

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

It's a must-see for anyone interested in art.

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Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

Then there are the paintings themselves, which are breathtaking in their brilliant colors, and their hybrid influences of the Russian avant-garde and Central Asian folk culture.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

[A] Gorgeous documentary.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

One anecdote about Savitsky flouting an official demand to remove an offending painting ends with this deftly scoffing voice-over from his stand-in, Ben Kingsley: "Anti-Soviet? Of course. Degenerate? No way."

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

What does the collector's collecting aim to substitute? What does the collection attempt to replace in the collector?

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

[An] nformative but standard documentary...

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Needless to say, the film is packed with art, as well as interviews with art critics, journalists and the descendents of some of the artists.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The fascinating story of one of the greatest collections of avant-garde art in the world and a plea for help in preserving it.

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"The Desert of Forbidden Art" is an informative documentary about a fascinating subject, the Nukus Museum in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic of… More