2017: ROMANOVS & REVOLUTIONAT THE HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM

 

1917. ROMANOVS & REVOLUTION

HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM

4 February to 17 September 2017

A unique exhibition entitled 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy opened at the Hermitage Amsterdam in February 2017, exactly a century after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. It included over 250 items from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow, and the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg. Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d’art and historical documents, the show told the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century, of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, and of the explosive political and social circumstances of their reign. Visitors could see and hear how choices and decisions made by the tsar made revolution inevitable and spelled the inescapable end of the 300-year Romanov monarchy in Russia. They gained moving intimate insights into the final years of the imperial family, ending in their murder. 1917: the ultimate turning point in the history of Russia. The last tsar and the revolution, on exclusive show in Amsterdam a century after the event.
Top exhibits included items from the imperial couple’s wardrobe, portraits of the royal couple, their children’s toys and drawings, Nicholas’s Act of Abdication, works of art created during the period (Russia’s ‘Silver Age’), objects made by the celebrated firm of Fabergé objects and one of the weapons used to murder the royal family.

 

2017 May: Michelangelo and Sebastiano Exhibition

 

Michelangelo & Sebastiano (15 March - 25 June 2017)

This exhibition – the first ever to be devoted to the hugely productive creative friendship between Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo – explores the complementary talents and divergent personalities of two great artists. It comprises some 70 works – paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters – by these two artists who became friends when Sebastiano, a young Venetian painter, arrived in Rome and met Michelangelo, then working on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Their friendship lasted over 25 years, unfolding during a remarkably dramatic time for Italy – one of revolution, war and theological schism, but also of great intellectual energy and artistic innovation.

Friends can join a private tour (members only!) on 25 May 2017 at 8.45 am - email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

2017 May: Michelangelo & Sebastiano Friends Event

On 25 May 2017 a large group of Friends attended a private view of the exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano at The National Gallery in London. We were in good company, because the Director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, was taking round Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (who lingered - of course - in front of the Hermitage loan, a painting by Sebastiano).

This exhibition – the first ever to be devoted to the hugely productive creative friendship between Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo – explored the complementary talents and divergent personalities of two great artists. They became friends when Sebastiano, a young Venetian painter, arrived in Rome and met Michelangelo, then working on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. With 70 works – not just paintings (including a loan from The State Hermitage Museum (The Lamentation over the Dead Christ) but drawings, sculptures and letters – the exhibition traces their friendship over 25 years, a dramatic time for Italy, one of revolution, war and theological schism, but also of great intellectual energy and artistic innovation.