Karakalpakstan Museum of Art, Nukus

(3.9/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Discover the hidden treasure of Karakalpakstan Museum of Art, guarding an extensive and intriguing art collection in this tucked-away town. The museum was established in 1966 by Igor Savitsky, a Russian art collector and painter. He moved to the small town of Nukus and dedicated the rest of his life to amassing an exquisite collection of both traditional Karakalpak art pieces and avant-garde Russian art, banned in the Soviet Union at the time. Admire a plethora of relics, coins, carpets, and jewelry collected by Savitsky during his time in Nukus, and view the iconic "forbidden art"--a display of thousands of 20th-century Russian paintings. Using our world travel planner, Nukus attractions like Karakalpakstan Museum of Art can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • About the only place to visit in Nukus. There were some beautiful paintings and a lot of interesting historical items on display 
  • After taking a plane all the way from Tashkent to visit, I was a bit disappointed by this museum that did not confirm the grandiose expectations that I had. The Museum is organized on three levels, distinguished by historical era. The most interesting part, what ultimately attracts most visitors, is that of the so-called avant-garde, contemporary Russian authors that have distinguished its mark in Soviet art of the twentieth century. This section takes up about a third of the whole Museum area (in itself not very extensive) yet it is said that the amount of works available is so vast that may require a continuous rotation. The thing leaves me rather perplexed, since this is a fairly peripheral, and hardly one goes back a second time in life, why not expose more if the quantity and quality are so high and because, quite rightly, ticket price and permission to take photographs are not just cheap?
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  • It's an amazing experience to find such a good museum in Karakalpakstan. As I understand things, they've just moved in to a new modern building and just a small part of the building complex is in use....  more »

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