HERMITAGE FOUNDATION UK ANNUAL GALA DINNER
THURSDAY, 27 APRIL 2017 at 7.15 pm
THE ENLIGHTENMENT GALLERY, THE BRITISH MUSEUM
A good time was had by all – and money was raised for Hermitage programmes – at the Hermitage Foundation UK annual gala dinner. This year it was held in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum (we should note that later this year the Hermitage is sending some 200 of its Scythian gold treasures to a show at the BM – watch this space). In addition to Professor Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, and James Dawnay, President and Chairman of the Hermitage Foundation UK respectively, guests included a number of museum directors, among them Hertzog Fischer, Director of the British Museum, Tristram Hunt, who recently took up his post as Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Adrian Jenkins of the Bowes Museum and Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures.
Champagne reception in the Enlightenment Gallery
Built between 1823 and 1827 to house the King's Library, the Enlightenment Gallery is surely one of the most spectacular contemporary adaptations of a historic space for modern museum purposes. It tells the story of how collectors have shaped the Museum over four centuries.
Hermitage Foundation UK Chairman James Dawnay greeted guests and thanked the many kind sponsors of the event. Fittingly, the Enlightenment Gallery includes Greek vases (see case to left) – and some of the money raised by the Hermitage Foundation UK in the past has gone to finance publication of catalogues of the incredible collection of vases in the Hermitage Museum.
Professor Piotrovsky presents a diamond Hermitage Artist Badge to shoe-designer Manolo Blahnik, whose The Art of Shoes is on at the Hermitage (10 May - 22 July); with Hermitage Foundation UK trustee Ekaterina Sirkanian. But what Manolo Blahnik is really interested in is SHOES – in this case, a sandal worn by a Roman imperial colossal foot of the 1st to 2nd centuries AD.
Successful bid at the auction – all money raised goes straight to the projects of the Hermitage Foundation UK. Among the objects sold at auction were a sculpture by Jan Fabre and a pair of exclusive Manolo Blahnik shoes.