The Orientalist Museum presents “The Desert of Forbidden Art” at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha on October 27, 2011 from 5pm – 7pm in the auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Art, followed by a panel discussion with Mainika Babanazarova, Tchavdar Georgiev (the director), Amanda Pope (the writer) and Andrei Volkov. And, entry is free!

It’s a documentary about about a man called Igor Savitsky, (above centre) a man of rescued 40,000 pieces of art from Stalinist Russia and created a museum in a desert in Uzbekistan that is now worth millions. He discovered an unknown school of artists who settled in Uzbekistan after the Russian Revolution and encountered a unique Islamic culture, which inspired them to marry European modernism with the traditions of the East.

Here are some reviews:

“Stranger than fiction several times over. Viewers of this remarkable documentary will be astonished at not only what this art looks like and why it’s forbidden, but also where it is and how it got there.” The Los Angeles Times

“Gorgeous to look at and horrible in its revelations, The Desert of Forbidden Art achieves what documentaries do best, uncovering and exploring a world that the viewer probably had no idea existed.” The Globe and Mail

Other screenings include 26  October 2011 at 4pm, after which there will be a special presentation on “Sun and Caravan: Artistic Dynasty from Central Asia” by the grandson of artist Alexander N. Volkov, Andrei Volkov and also on October 26 at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm and on October 27 at 12:30pm and 2pm.

For further information, visit QMA website.