"The Desert of Forbidden Art"

Sponsored by Center for Liberal Arts and Society (CLAS)

Monday, February 6, 2012
7:30 p.m.

The Russian avant-garde is an umbrella term used to define the large, influential wave of modern art that flourished in Russia approximately from 1890 to 1930. It reached its creative and popular height in the period between the Russian Revolution of 1917 and 1932, at which point the ideas of the avant-garde clashed with the newly emerged state-sponsored direction of Socialist Realism. Many avant-garde artists continued to produce works clandestinely, sometimes away from big cultural centers. This film documents the work of and pays tribute to Igor Savitsky, who single-handedly saved hundreds of important paintings from oblivion and built "one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art."  The collection is located in one of the world's poorest regions, in a desert at the extreme Western border of Uzbekistan.

Part of the "Russia: The 21st Century in Print and Film" film series.

This event is open to the public.

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