Hermitage Amsterdam museum opens to public

World-renowned Hermitage Amsterdam museum opens to public June 20!
Inaugural Exhibition, At the Russian Court, to Present More Than 1,800 Treasures From St. Petersburg, Russia

Amsterdam, Netherlands —On Saturday June 20th, 2009, beginning at 10 a.m., a major new European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, will welcome visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Founded to bring the richness and grandeur of Russia’s artistic heritage to one of the West’s most charming capitals, this independent cultural institution inaugurates its spacious new home — ten times the size of the previous building — with the exhibition At the Russian Court, a dazzling display of more than 1,800 treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Funds fell into decay

Michael Piotrovsky, the Director of the State Hermitage, the president of the Association of Museums of Russia paid attention to the problems of restoration and storage of cultural values. Piotrovsky acting at session of the governmental commission which is responsible for the control over a situation of museum funds noticed that exhibits of the majority of museums of the country require restoration or restoration preventive measures.

According to Piotrovsky more than 15 % of cultural values kept in the Russian state funds require complex scientific restoration. At the same time only each tenth museum has an opportunity to make these works in due time and almost 80 % of museums of Russia are in buildings which do not meet the requirements of storage and expositions.

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Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hermitage hosts New Masters from Dresden Gallery

л. Friendrich. Two Men Contemplating the Moon. 1819−1820. Oil on canvas. Picture Gallery, Dresden

On November 11, Winter Palace launched the impressing retrospective show of German painting of the 19th−20th centuries organized by the State Hermitage together with the State art Dresden collections under the auspices of V. Potanin Welfare Fund. The exhibition represents 49 pictures by the outstanding German artists from the collection of Dresden Gallery of New Masters. Along with works by less famous artists the exhibition represents some classic famous masterpieces such as Two Men Contemplating the Moon by Kaspar David Friedrich, Elba Crossing by Ludwig Richter and many others.

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Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 9:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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Lost Icon Placed Stealthily to the Hermitage Doors

Icon on wood in a gilded silver frame. Four hallmarks: р.пчюйоойлпчя; бл1889; 84 and the emblem of the city of Moscow. 1889. Silver, pearls, enamel, beads, wood, painting. 33.5И29.0. Returned on August 8, 2006

The collection of the State Hermitage was “replenished” with another item, one of more than two hundred objects (at the moment the theft was discovered) that had disappeared from the Russian Art fund in summer 2006.

In the morning of October 6 the icon on wood of Our Lady of the Sign (Znamenie) was left at the doors of the museum. The icon was included on the list of stolen items as number 169. Thus, 32 objects were returned to the collection of the Hermitage.

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Published in: on November 20, 2008 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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The case of the theft of 221 Hermitage exhibits is about to be finished

Icon of Seraphim Sarovsky

The case is almost clear. The terms as well as the circle of the suspected are known. Nine exhibits have been already returned to the museum.

A large plunder in the State Hermitage was found in the end of July. In the course of the control, the stuff hasn’t found 221 exhibit items. The total price of plundered pieces fetches about 130,000,000 roubles, though they can be estimated much higher at foreign auctions.

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Published in: on August 10, 2006 at 7:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Two exhibitions held by the Hermitage

W. de Kooning. Without name I. 1982. Oil on canvas. Willem de Kooning Fund, New York

Besides the sensational opening-day (July 11) of two paintings by Andrea Mantegna, the painter of the Early Renaissance, there are also two exhibitions that are worth attention held by the State Hermitage.

The pictures created by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), one of the most expensive modern artists, have been exposed in the central building of the Hermitage since July 4. His works often realised record sums at the auctions all over the world.

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