22 April 2011

Distraction: The Desert of Forbidden Art

The other night I  chanced upon a documentary called The Desert of Forbidden Art and I have not been able to get it out of my head....which isn't such a bad thing.  The film is about a museum in Uzbekistan created by one Igor Savitsky who dedicated his life to collecting art by artists who refused to work in the strict Social-realism style of the Stalinist-era.  Artists who were often imprisoned, sent to labor camps or institutionalized for creating art that was deemed abstract, degenerate, decadent and/or avant-garde.... a truly incredible film that makes this abstract, degenerate and decadent Wandering Eye grateful to be living here and now. 
The Bull/ Fascism is Advancing 
by Yevgeny Lysenko
From here.


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello WE,
Until very recently much the same applied here in the Motherland. Artists fell into one of three categories, the three 'T's: totally supported [i.e. by the state], tolerated or totally banned. To be in the last group very often meant a one way train to Siberia. For the fortunate few, a plane to the West.

W.E. said...

Dear Jane and Lance, you are quite right....there are still parts of the world where being an avant-garde, abstract, decadent artist is not accepted. You have caused me to revise my post...I am grateful to be living here and not just now.