Traditional art, music and architecture – evolving over centuries – were placed in a neat little box for preservation following the Soviet creation of the Uzbek SSR. But
somehow, in the years to follow, two major centres of progressive art were still allowed to develop: Igor Savitsky’s collection of lost art from the 1930s, stashed away in Nukus’ Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum, and the life stories told inside the late Mark Weil’s legendary Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent.
Contemporary art is, like the media, tightly controlled by the state.
The Amir Timur Museum in Tashkent is one of the best examples of state-supported art, with its mock Timurid dome and interior murals filled with scenes of epic nationbuilding.
Colossal edifices such as the Senate building and the new Dom Forum in Tashkent is a step to build a modern Tashkent.
Moving to music, Uzbeks love Turkish pop, and their own music reflects that.
The country’s most famous singer is Googoosha.