Igor Savitsky's Museum

Igor Savitsky's Museum

In the Nukus Museum named after I.V. Savitsky are presented one of the most unique collections of cloths of Russian artists. Thanks to them the museum it is popular around the world.

This museum is named in honor of Moscow artist Igor VitalyevichSavitsky. Igor Savitsky arrived to Nukus in the 50s, and in 1966 he was appointed as the director of the Nukus Museum. Exactly during this period he began to buy works. Initially, Savitsky was engaged in archaeological researches and Karakalpak ethnography, and then he was interested by works of the modern art. However, it was forbidden to do that at an operating political regime. For his hobby Savitsky could be named as «the enemy of the state».

He collected prohibited works of masters which were called avant-gardes later. Owing to his collection the museum replenished with 50.000 works of the vanguard and post-vanguard period of the Soviet fine arts. In this place, removed from centers in Nukus, it was possible to get acquainted with that underwent prosecutions in the former Soviet Union many years.

The collection of the Museum of Savitsky possess more than 90 000 exhibits, including a collection of Russian vanguard, and also fine arts of Uzbekistan, national applied art of Karakalpakstan, the art of Ancient Khoresm which was filled up with delightful copies of a number of exhibits of the Paris Louvre. Famous Russian museum in St. Petersburg and the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow will envy many exhibits which are in the Nukus museum. According to foreign experts, the collection of the State Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan named after I.V. Savitsky the best in the Asian region. This museum is the second in the world by importance and volume of collection of works of Russian vanguard.

It should be noted that English newspaper "The Gardian" nominated the museum as «one of the finest museums of the world». Albert Gore and Jacques Chirac, the quote gave to the Nukus museum a similar assessment also: «One of the best museums of the world». In order to look at exhibits of the museum arrived ambassadors, advisers and anattaché on culture of many leading powers of the world - Great Britain, Germany, France, Japan. Besides that there were honorable representatives from UNESCO and the USA.