101st reason why I love travelling is that I can watch movies without feeling guilty for the loss of time… Today it's a drama with Natalie Portman “Love and other impossible pursuits” (very suitable title for my spirits today). What else is left to do if you are stuck in the hotel, and the much needed trip to the desert of forbidden art didn’t happen?..
I travelled to Tashkent as soon as I got some feedback from the Nukus Art Museum: the director of the museum Marinika Babanazarova swiftly responded to my e-mail with a warm welcoming note…but it was a little too late, all flight tickets to Nukus were sold out, I even rushed to the airport in a desperate attempt, but all was in vain. For a moment I contemplated aircraft hijacking, but what could I threaten the pilots with, my brushes?
Somewhere between Khojent and Tashkent..."The desert of forbidden art" has to wait. I forgot to mention, that it's a name of a film about the amazing story of the Savitsky Collection, created by Amanda Pope & Tchavdar Georgiev.
Image from www.desertofforbiddenart.com
"The Desert of Forbidden Art is, itself, a work of art about the art world," says ABOUT.COM. Here you can find the list of next screenings .
P.S. I take it back! I take all the whining back!!! Spending the whole afternoon at the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan calmed my nerves…or was it a glass of highly overpriced Georgian wine?
Image from www.caravan-one.uzThe 102nd reason why I love travelling is extravagant meals in the middle of the day (not that something stops me on a regular afternoon…). See, travelling is stressful (or so they say) and the best way to find comfort in
Mural painting. Varakhsha. VIIth century.State museum of Arts, Tashkent
Kandinsky V.V.Composition on yellow. 1920.
Kandinsky V.V. Composition. 1920.
But my absolute favorite was an Uzbek avant garde artist of Russian origin Alexandr Volkov (1886 - 1957).
Volkov, Aleksandr Nikolayevich. Pomegranate colored tea room.1924, Oil on canvas, 105 х 116 (This Volkov's painting belongs to the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow )
So it was a good day after all. Time to pack, my plane is leaving in a few hours. See you in the West!