November, 3



3, November, Hayatt Regency Bishkek Hotel, Silk Road Media presented a screening of the art documentary “The Desert of Forbidden Art”. The film was about an amazing story of a museum in the parched hinterland of Central Asia that contained the world’s largest collection of Russian avant-garde art.
This exciting dramatic documentary by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev recounted how the outstanding Russian artist Igor Savitsky rescued the forbidden work of fellow artists and created unique art collection. The author’s idea was to show the story of how a person’s life turned out to be the preservation of a whole epoch of art, which would otherwise had been lost for evermore because of Soviet repression. This film preview in Bishkek attracted more than 200 art lovers, experts and artists including Andrew Tesoriere, OSCE, Carl Uytterhaegen, GM Green bridge, Franz Schlosser, General Director at Jerooyaltyn, Jacqueline Ripart, French Author, Ian Claytor, Silk Road Lodge, Mambetova Almajan, Kyrgyz Heritage, Dinara Chochubaeva, CACSAKG, representatives of Hope Academy, UCA, AUCA, Mercy corps, GIZ, USIAD, OON, IBC, MIA of Kyrgyzstan, Tourindustry, Kyrgyz Art Museum, German Embassy, Azerbaijan Embassy etc.

Before the starting the film was presented by organizers: Marat Akhmedjanov (Silk Road Media, London), Marina Bashmanova (K2 Club, Bishkek), Patrik Bayardo (Hayatt Rigency Bishkek). They told about the film’s authors, current state of the museum and idea of the film screening in Bishkek. Marat Akhmedjanov announced the book about Igor Savitsky, which would officially presented in London on 9th of November.

The film show finished with public ovations, highly appreciating this event.

Georgy Mamedov, art curator, who was the film’s presenter in Venetian Festival, expressed his approval and support to this initiative in Bishkek and told that people should know more about this cultural treasure of the XX century. He also added that for Kyrgyzstan it was important to be involved in this world cultural process of saving art heritage.
Famous Kyrgyz artist Murat Jumaliev also shared his impressions with the audience and thanked the organizers for this cultural enlightenment. He agreed with Mr.Mamedov that this event played a great role in art education and supported cultural development in Kyrgyzstan.
“The Desert of Forbidden Art” was first screened in 2010, and over the following year won several world awards, and was highly praised in the leading American and European newspapers such as Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Variety, Le Figaro, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung etc.
The film has been screened in many cities of the USA, Europe and Asia, including New York, Washington, London, Berlin, Riga, Qatar, Tashkent, Bishkek etc.
At the request of the audience the documentary screening will be repeated in Bishkek on 11.11.2011 in UCA.
The next event, supporting art generally and the museum in particular, there will be the presentation of a book about Igor Savitsky on November 9, 2011 in London. The publication of “Igor Savitsky—Artist, Collector, Museum Founder” by Marinika Babanazarova, Igor Savitsky’s successor as Director of the Museum since his death in 1984, draws upon correspondence, official records, and other documents about the Savitsky family that have become available during the last few years, as well as the recollections of a wide range of people who knew Igor Savitsky personally.
The book’s publication—in separate Russian and English editions—was made possible with the support of several members of the Friends of Nukus Museum, a non-governmental, voluntary organization registered in The Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the book is on sale at £10, €11, or US$15 at the Nukus Museum and at selected locations in Tashkent, London, Moscow, and Washington, D.C. All sales proceeds go directly to the Museum to support the maintenance and preservation of the Savitsky Collection.
Further information about the Nukus Museum and the Friends of Nukus Museum may be obtained from the website: