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
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 Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d'art and historical documents, the show will tell the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century.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.