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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Relics of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and King Solomon uncovered for the first time

Tel Aviv, May 14, 2009 – Professor Solomon Budnik has identified and described in elaborated monographs two unique Hebrew relics.

1. highly decorated silver bowl, holy relic ascribed to the Second Temple of Jerusalem (1st c. BCE), the only Temple artefact that survived the Temple destruction, fire and looting (most Temple objects are now reportedly in Vatican) by Emperor Titus. It bears inscribed dedications to David, Zhariah (High Priest of the Second Temple) and Yehudah (Maccabeus?);

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Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 3:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Painting Returned to Private Ownership in First-of-Its-Kind Settlement

Piece de Boeuf (Piece of Beef c. 1923) - Chaim Soutine

A unique and unusual settlement regarding Chaim Soutine’s iconic painting entitled Piece de Boeuf (Piece of Beef c. 1923) was approved last week by Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York. Pursuant to the settlement, the painting is being returned to the Shefner Family in resolution of litigation commenced against the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Maurice Tuchman and Esti Dunow, the authors of the Soutine Catalogue Raisonne. The remaining non-settling defendants include Lontrel Trading S.A. and the Parisian gallery, Galerie Cazeau-Beraudiere.

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Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 10:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Exemplary Works by Spain's Foremost Artists in Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale

Ignacio Zuloaga, 'Azorín', 120 by 180cm. Est: GBP 200 000—300 000

Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings sale on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, features a choice group of 15 works by some of the most representative Spanish artists of the time: Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa, Santiago Rusiñol, José Maria Sert, Joaquín Sorolla and Ignacio Zuloaga. The Bathing Hour, a striking canvas by Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) is the highlight of this section as it has never before been seen in public and has always remained in private collections. The Bathing Hour will be exhibited for the first time ever at Sotheby’s Madrid on May 25-26 to coincide with the inauguration at the Prado Museum of the most important retrospective on the life and work of this internationally renowned artist.

Painted in 1915 but signed and dated in 1917, The Bathing Hour is one of a select number of oils that Sorolla executed on La Malvarrosa beach at Valencia that year. Sorolla’s time in his home town in the summer of 1915 provided a welcome respite from the major project that had been occupying the majority of his time since 1911, namely the commission from Archer M. Huntington to paint a series of monumental canvases on the theme of the Vision of Spain for the Hispanic Society of America, New York. This massive series of canvases celebrating Spanish regional life necessitated that Sorolla travel extensively throughout Spain to paint the local peoples and record their customs. Returning in the summers to the city in which he had grown up and where he could relax with his family by the sea offered him a much needed break from Huntington’s mammoth task as well as the opportunity to turn his attention to more liberating subjects.

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Tycoon Ivanov Reveals $1.5 Billion Faberge Surprise for Germany

The Rothschild Faberge egg which Alexlander Ivanov

Alexander Ivanov sits at his desk in Moscow, giving his first interview about the world’s only museum dedicated to the Russian Imperial jeweler Faberge.

The collector had originally planned to show his treasure trove of Russian art in the country’s capital and now reveals it will open instead on May 9 in the German spa town of Baden- Baden. Ivanov, 46, says he’s a patriot and only changed his mind because of the high cost of building and Russian bureaucracy. He says his 3,000-piece collection is worth about $1.5 billion.

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Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 2:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Exhibition of Faberge’s works in India

On December 5, the National Museum in India, New Delhi opened the exhibition Faberge. Jewelry of the Russian Empire. In general the exhibition represents over 192 works by Charles Faberge’s jewelry house. Among them 53 objects are taken from the collection of Victor Vekselberg, the others – from a collection of the state Russian museums.

The exposition included famous Easter eggs as well as decorative figurines, enamels, and also a collection of semi-precious stones. All the objects are made by the masters of Faberge firm in different periods of time on order as presents.

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Rosokhrancultura Gives Presents

б. Kibovsky. Head of Rosokhrancultura

On December 23 a solemn ceremony will take place. Federal Service for the Monitoring of Compliance With Legislation in the Area of the Protection of Cultural Heritage will pass meteoritic and paleonthological materials as well as numismatic objects to Fersman Mineralogical Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, State Darwin Museum and State Historical Museum.

The ceremony will be assisted by the head of the above-mentioned service Alexander Kibovsky and the head of the Administration of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in Moscow and Moscow District general-colonel Viktor Zakharov.

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Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 1:37 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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Art of glorious porta

 Spiked helmet of Prince Feodor Ivanovich Mstislavsky. Turkey. 16thC. Steel,  gold, rubies, turquoise. Smithery, coinage, golden inlays, carving

On December 17, a Single-Pillar Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin will open the exhibition Art of Glorious Time. The Kremlin collection of unique works of masters of Ottoman Empire – Glorious Porta as it was named by the Europeans in the 17th century, – in its structure and origin considerably differs from collections of Turkish art of other museums of the world. The collection includes the monuments executed in 16th–17th centuries, a period of constant diplomatic and trading contacts between Russian State and Ottoman Empire. These works were bought by Turkish and Greek merchants or imported to Moscow as diplomatic gifts of Turkish sultans for Russian autocrats. For many centuries and up to date these monuments remain in the museums of the Moscow Kremlin. The exhibition represents the best items. It is the first exhibition devoted to unique Kremlin collection of Turkish art for the whole history of the museum.

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Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 9:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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Turner's retrospective show opened in the State Museum of Fine Arts

W. Turner. Abingdon. 1806. Oil on canvas. Tate Britain Gallery, London

On November 17, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts launched the exhibition Turner. 1775−1851. Visitors have an opportunity to see 40 pictures, 70 water colours and two engravings by the great English artist, the greatest representative of English romantic landscape from the collection of Tate Gallery. Turner’s works were exhibited in Russia more than 20 years ago for the last time. The present exhibition became the most expensive project of the museum and was organized under financial support of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

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