Savitsky Collection Reveals New Collections!

5 Dec

During Cat’s silk road travels a couple of years ago, she spent six weeks in Uzbekistan, and has since remained highly interested in the area. One of the cultural highlights of the region is the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art, which is home to the Savitsky Collection, and hosts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant garde art. It is also home to one of the largest collections of archaeological objects and folk, applied and contemporary art originating from Central Asia. The museum is in fact claimed to be the fourth splendour of Uzbekistan, and is certainly worth checking out if you intend to pass through the area.

After her initial trip there, Cat continues to receive updates from the museum, and is keen to share some of their highlights with you. for one, the museum has recently opened up a new exhibition entitled “Artist and Theatre”. This brings together nearly 100 artworks by Russian and Uzbek artists from the Savitsky Collection, focusing on the works of the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition includes such renowned artists as Mikhail Kurzin, Elena Korovay, Victor Ufimtsev, M. Sokolov, A. Sardan, Vasily Shukhaev and Ural Tansykbaev.

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New biography on Igor Savitsky, a man who fell in love with a distant world

26 Sep

  I have talked in previous blog posts about the unique story of the adopted Karakalpak Ivor Savitsky and his museum.   His biography is now available.  “Igor Savitsky-Artist, Collector, Museum Founder” is written by Marinika Babanazarova, Igor Savitsky’s successor as Director of the Museum since his death in 1984 and published by Silk Road Media [...]

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29 Sep

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Seduction through the ages of man, Central Asian Style

29 Sep

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Monty Python does Kafka – a farce in four parts

28 Sep

In my summary to British Embassy Tashkent, I made the following observations about my impromptu stay in Karakalpakstan: I was well treated by the junior customs officials, who were professional and did everything to help (including arranging accommodation, providing food, etc). It’s a bloody mess, as you must experience the whole time. It was impossible [...]

Beauty dos and don’ts of Central Asia

28 Sep

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