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The Desert of Forbidden Art: A Thrilling Story, A Visual Treat

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The art collectors Getty, Huntington & Broad are world-renowned for their cultural contributions and good taste. The new documentary The Desert of Forbidden Art traces the life of Russian aristocrat-turned-archaeologist-turned-artist Igor Savitsky, whose collection at Uzbekistan's Nukus Museum of Art has a more unique history and reception.

Equal parts Indiana Jones & Quentin Tarantino, Savitsky's passion project aims to preserve local Uzbek culture and Russian avant-garde for the people. While appreciated today, until the fall of the Soviet Union he was seen as a trash collector adrift in the desert, obsessing over works which offended the aesthetic sensibility of his Soviet comrades at best and were outright banned by Stalin's regime at worst.