2016 November: Abstract Expressionism Friends Event

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy - Curator-led tour      25 November 2016 at 9.00



Clyfford Still, PH-950, 1950. Oil on canvas, 233.7 x 177.8 cm
Clyfford Still Museum, Denver © City and County of Denver / DACS 2016
Photo courtesy the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO


An opportunity to see an exhibition that has received rave reviews, in the company of the curator and without the crowds.  The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major exhibition of Abstract Expressionism to be held in the UK for almost six decades.  With over 150 paintings, sculptures and photographs from public and private collections across the world, this ambitious exhibition encompasses masterpieces by the movement's most acclaimed American artists - de Kooning, Gorky, Guston, Kline, Mitchell, Motherwell, Newman, Pollock, Rothko, Siskind, David Smith and Clyfford Still.

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2016 September: Hermitage at the Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris


Exhibition from the State Hermitage Museum at the Biennale des Antiquaires, Grand Palais, Paris, 10 – 18 September 2016

Ah, Paris in September! Hop on the Eurostar to take in this little gem of a show at the Biennale des Antiquaires, in the Grand Palais. 34 fantastic pieces from one of the best collections of the French decorative arts in the world (outside France itself, of course) illustrate the age of French elegance, the eighteenth  century, when everything French set the trend in fashion, lifestyle and furnishings across Europe.

In the eighteenth century Russia was just entering the European scene and French fashion was eagerly taken up by the owners of the new palaces that were being erected in St Petersburg in large numbers. Russian emperors and other connoisseurs commissioned porcelain, silverware and bronze from Paris; the emperors received numerous pieces as diplomatic gifts.

Among the glamorous objects on display in Paris are

Claude Ballin's glorious table centrepiece of 1723-1724 and a fantastic ice-cream bowl from the Sèvres Cameo Service of 1778-1779



How about a loopy gondola-shaped potpourri vase from Vincennes of 1756 or Demailly's inkstand of 1775-1778?



2016 June: Catherine the Great Exhibition Amsterdam

Catherine the Great

18 June 2016 to 15 January 2017

Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition.

Catherine (1729–1796) was a minor German princess who at the age of fourteen was taken to Russia to marry the heir to the throne. With widespread support, she later overthrew her husband, Peter III, and claimed the throne for herself. Catherine had ambitious plans to reform the whole empire and although she encountered setbacks, her achievements were astounding.

Fyodor Rokotov after Alexander Roslin, Portrait of Catherine the Great, 1780–90 (original 1777–78). Oil on canvas
Vigilius Eriksen, Portrait of Catherine the Great on Horseback, 1762. Oil on canvas
© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Catherine had a tremendous passion for art and contributed more than anyone else to the Russia’s greatest art collection. She corresponded with Voltaire and Diderot. She added new territory to her empire and in all her endeavours, she had a sharp eye for talented people who could help her, such as the Orlov brothers and her most influential lover, Potemkin.

With quotations from her own memoirs and those of her contemporaries, this exhibition presents more than 300 objects from the Hermitage in St Petersburg, inviting visitors into Catherine’s world. It sets magnificent personal possessions such as dresses, bijoux, cameos, and snuff boxes, alongside some of the finest art works from her vast collection: paintings, sculptures, exquisite pieces of decorative art and portraits of her friends and loved ones.