The film will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center on October 31st at 3:00pm and November 1st at 8:00pm. For tickets go to http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/desertofforbiddenart.
The Desert of Forbidden Art is about the second largest collection of Russian Avant-Garde art in the world. The Nukus museum, where it is housed, is in one of the poorest regions of the world, Central Asia, but the collection is worth millions. Most of this art has never been seen before and is virtually unknown in the west. The New York Times calls the collection, “One of the most remarkable collections of 20th-century Russian Art.” Ben Kingsley, a collector himself, voices the museum’s collector, Savitsky. Under Soviet rule, Savitsky risked everything to collect this “forbidden” art, and stash it away in his museum in Uzbekistan.
The Desert of Forbidden Art has already screened at the National Gallery of Art in DC, the MFA Boston, and many festivals. The film will air on the Emmy-award winning PBS Independent Lens. We’ve won best doc at Palm Beach, and most recently the Cine Golden Eagle Award. We hope this film will interest you and your students. Please feel free to visit our website www.desertofforbiddenart.com/ for our trailer and other materials.