Exhibition of reproductions of Karakalpakstan Arts Museum to open in Bishkek


The presentation of the selected masterpieces of Savitsky Collection of the Karakalpakstan Museum of Arts will be held at the School of Theory and Activism in Bishkek.

The Karakalpakstan State Museum of Arts named after I.V. Savitsky – also known, simply, as the Nukus Museum – hosts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant garde art (after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg). It is also home to one of the largest collections of archeological objects and folk, applied and contemporary art originating from Central Asia.

“The collection of 8 reproductions was published by the official publishing house of the museum – Hertfordshire Press. It includes works by Clement Redko, Viktor Ufimtsev, Alexey Ispupob, Ural Tansykbayev, Alexander Volkov. This is the first detailed publication of reproductions from the museum collection,” organizers say.

Igor Savitsky (1915-84), a Russian born in Kiev and the Museum’s founder, first went to Karakalpakstan in 1950 as the artist in the Khorezm Archaeological and Ethnographic Expedition led by the world famous scientist, Sergei P. Tolstov. Fascinated by the culture and people of the steppe, he stayed on after the dig (1950-57), methodically collecting Karakalpak carpets, costumes, jewelry, and other works of art. At the same time, he began collecting the drawings and paintings of artists linked to Central Asia, including those of the Uzbek school, and, during the late-1950s/early-1960s, those of the Russian avant garde which the Soviet authorities were then banishing and destroying. Today, the Museum houses a collection totaling about 90,000 items, including graphics, paintings and sculptures, as well as thousands of artifacts, textiles and jewelry, ranging from the antiquities of Khorezm’s ancient civilization to the works of contemporary Uzbek and Karakalpak artists.


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