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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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?