The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Soviet government imposed communist ideology and State supported beliefs by censoring what was published and by censoring art.  The Soviets destroyed art that did not comply with the ideals defined by the Communist Party.  This approved art was called “socialist realism.”

Amazingly, some of Soviet forbidden art was stashed in a communist-funded museum in Uzbekistan.  Pretending to buy state-approved art, Igor Savitsky rescued 40,000 forbidden pieces of art. Savitsky duped the Soviet authorities that banned the art. The government unwittingly funded and collected the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art in the world.

Ben Kingsley, Sally Field, and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists.

Originally broadcast on April 5, 2011