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



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
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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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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