The founder of the museum – I.V. Savitsky first came to Karakalpakia in 1950 as part of an archaeological and ethnographic expedition as an artist. From the first days of being here, Savitsky’s love for the nature of the region, for the people, for its culture and history was born.
With the opening of the museum in February 1966, Savitsky devoted himself entirely to replenishing the museum collection. Since then, he began to collect paintings by artists, not only famous, but also completely unknown. In a short time he managed to collect a unique collection that glorified his name to the whole world. Since 1984, the museum has been named after its founder.
According to experts and the world press, the collection of the State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan them. I.V. Savitsky is the best artistic collection of the Asian region; it has the 2nd largest and most important collection of Russian avant-garde works. The English newspaper The Guardian called the museum “one of the most beautiful museums in the world” (Amelia Gentleman “Savitsky’s secret Hoard”. The Guardian, januar 1, 2001).
The collection of the Nukus Museum is said to be “shedding light on the history of Russian art” and “giving a true picture of the artistic life of 1920–1930” (by Prof. Hansen-Levé, J.K. Markade). Leading Western art historians – S. Douglas, D. Bolt, A. Flaker and others – stated that the collection of the Savitsky Museum should undoubtedly be the basis for revising the history of Russian and Soviet art.
The history of the creation and development of the museum is unique, as well as its collection. State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan I.V. Savitsky is a treasury, giving an idea of the cultural segment, beginning from the III century BC and up to the present. Here are the items of material and artistic culture of the ancient Khorezm, the folk applied art of the Karakalpaks, a small semi-nomadic ethnic group living in the north-west of Uzbekistan and having an ancient history and original culture.
The department of visual arts of the museum is the largest artistic discovery. It focuses not only the national art school of Karakalpakstan, here is the focus of the works of the founders of the pictorial culture of Uzbekistan – a multinational group of artists who worked in Central Asia in the early twentieth century. According to experts, the Nukus collection of the Russian avant-garde takes the second place in the world by its significance and scale after the world famous Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
In an unprecedentedly short period, the Nukus Museum turned into a large collection of about 100 thousand items. This fact has no analogue in the practice of world museum gathering.
The museum was one of the objects of the tourist route “Golden Ring of Khorezm”, organized jointly with UNESCO. He is recognized as one of the most visited museums in Uzbekistan and in 2011
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