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Igor Savitsky and his museum in Nukus


Nukus Museum of Art (abbreviated Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art, the Nukus Museum of Art) (UZB. Savitskiy nomidagi Qoraqalpog'iston Respublikasi Davlat San'at Muzeyi) - one of the largest museums in Uzbekistan. Collection of the museum recognize the world's second-largest and volume among collections of Russian avant-garde, as well as the best art collection in the Asian region.

After moving from Moscow to Nukus Igor Savitsky was actively involved in archaeological research and ethnography of Karakalpak, and gathered a collection of ethnographic material Karakalpakstan. Parallel to this, Savitsky was fond of collecting contemporary art which has been banned under the Soviet political regime. Thus he was able to gather a large number of works of art, which became the basis for the creation of a museum. Being enthusiastic painting, Savitsky worked with Karakalpak artists. Communication among the artists gave him the idea to create a museum of art. In 1966, Igor Savitsky persuaded the city authorities of the need for such a museum. And in the same year, the city authorities have allocated a building for the museum. Sawicki was appointed its director. Sawicki at his own expense spent repairing the building allocated for the museum, and began to form a collection by purchasing works of different genres unrecognized and unknown artists.

One of the first authors whose works were in the museum were: A. Isupov, L. Kramarenko, N. Ulyanov, R. Falk, M. Voloshin, R. Mazel, A. Volkov, M. Kurzin, N. Karahan, Y . Tansykbaev, V. Ufimtsev and others.

Just a few years Savitsky was able to collect in the museum one of the most comprehensive collections of fine art and Russian Turkestan avant-garde, one of the most important collections of decorative art of Karakalpakstan and unique collection of archaeological artifacts of ancient Khorezm.