2017 February: Revolution! in Amsterdam Friends Event

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolutions of February and October 1917. Events marking this anniversary are being held in many places. On 4 February the Hermitage Amsterdam opens 1917. Romanovs & Revolution and the following week on 11 February the Royal Academy in London launches its own Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. We have special events lined up for Friends.

 

1917. ROMANOVS & REVOLUTION

HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM

Saturday, 4th February 2017 - 14.00-20.00 

One of the privileges of being a member of The Hermitage Foundation UK is your invitation to attend openings of the exhibitions at The Hermitage Amsterdam, and free access to the Museum.  You are therefore invited to attend the Friends event at the Museum on 4 February.



This unique exhibition will include more than 250 items from the collections of The State Hermitage Museum, as well as fascinating documents from the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow and weapons from the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg.  Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d'art and historical documents, the show will tell the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century.   Visitors will see and hear how choices and decisions made by the tsar made revolution inevitable and spelled the end of the 300-year Romanov monarchy in Russia.
Materials from the State Archive include letters from the mysterious and disreputable court faith healer Rasputin, as well as family holiday snaps, love letters, the last diaries of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, childhood drawings by the tsesarevich and his sisters. Also on show are Nicholas’ Act of Abdication, and, in a grisly touch, one of the bayonets used to murder the captive imperial family in July 1918.

2017 February: Revolution London Friends Events

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolutions of February and October 1917. Events marking this anniversary are being held in many places. On 4 February the Hermitage Amsterdam opened 1917. Romanovs & Revolution and on 11 February the Royal Academy in London launched its own Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932.

We had a unique opportunity to see the exhibition at the Royal Academy, with a tour led by curator John Milner: 24 February 2017

 

REVOLUTION: RUSSIAN ART 1917-1932

- PRIVATE CURATOR-LED TOUR WITH JOHN MILNER
ROYAL ACADEMY, LONDON W1J 0BD
FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2017 - 9.00 am


One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this exhibition will explore one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.  Renowned artists including Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko were among those to live through the fateful events of 1917, which ended centuries of Tsarist rule and shook Russian society to its foundations.
Taking inspiration from a remarkable exhibition shown in Russia just before Stalin’s clampdown, the exhibition will mark the historic centenary by focusing on the 15-year period between 1917 and 1932 when possibilities seemed limitless and Russian art flourished across every medium.

For more information on the exhibition go to the Royal Academy website.

2016 November: Book Launch with Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky

Reception and Book Launch with Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky

Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation    Wednesday, 30th November 2016 - 18.30

Join us for the launch of two publications:-
Dynastic Rule : Mikhail Piotrovsky and The Hermitage by Geraldine Norman
and
The Hampton Court Albums of Catherine the Great
        

Dynastic Rule
Published to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Dynastic Rule celebrates one of the great success stories of a stormy period of Russian history.  This book tells the story of two Directors, Boris and Mikhail Piotrovsky,  whose reign of the State Hermitage Museum has now spanned over 50 years.   From 1 million exhibits at the time of the Revolution in 1917, the collection has reached over 3 million exhibits. This book gives an intimate account of the two men’s extraordinary achievement.

The Hampton Court Albums of Catherine the Great
Empress Catherine the Great dreamed of having an English Garden in St Petersburg.  She purchased two albums of watercolours of Hampton Court Palace gardens and its surrounding parks which she used as inspiration while designing her 'English Garden' at Peterhof. To mark the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown's birth we have published the complete works of these two albums, together with essays by Mikhail Dedinkin, Curator of Drawings at The State Hermitage Museum and David Jacques, garden historian.

Strictly members only (proving that membership is a perfect gift - for yourself or your friends!)

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