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.

2 comments:

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.