“A must-see film for anyone interested in art.” The Village Voice
15 January 2013, Rialto Cinema Amsterdam
THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART
Tchavdar Georgiev & Amanda Pope
Russia & US | 2010 | 80 min
The stranger-than-fiction story of how a penniless Russian artist managed to single-handedly save from destruction more than 40,000 forbidden artist’s works during the Soviet years and create a modern art museum in the desert of Uzbekistan.
Owning one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian avant-garde art, the museum has been accidentally (re)discovered in recent years.
With its collection now attracting international collectors, local bureaucrats and religious fundamentalists alike, how can this priceless artistic treasure located in one of the world’s poorest regions be preserved?
Emmy nominated and winner of five international film festivals. NY Times and New York Magazine Critics’ Pick.
“An amazing, inspirational film… Reveals one of the great secrets of modern art. A gem.” – The Vancouver Sun
“The Desert of Forbidden Art provides a dramatic examination of the power of art against forces of repressive tyranny. It is a fascinating work that will ennoble art lovers, students of Russian history, and anyone who believes in the power of culture.” – Film Threat
“El ‘Schindler’ del arte ruso” – El Pais
Cracking the Frame
A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.