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.


2016 June: Russian Summer Ball in London

21st Russian Summer Ball       11 June 2016

The Patrons and Committee invite you
to the 21st Annual Russian Summer Ball under the patronage of
Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia
Her Highness Princess Olga of Russia
His Highness Prince Rostislav of Russia

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation His Excellency Alexander Yakovenko


On 11th June 2016, for the second consecutive year, the historic Lancaster House, St. James’s, London, will open its doors to old and new friends. The places at dinner are limited to 150 guests and for the after dinner reception to another 100

Guest of Honour: Her Highness Princess Olga of Russia

All funds raised will go to RusFond UK, a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1151840). This year proceeds will go towards treatment of Veronika Panova, age 9, who has a rare systemic vascular disease. More information at www.russiansummerball.com

2016 April: Empress and the Gardener Exhibition Hampton Court

 THE EMPRESS & THE GARDENER – 28 April to 4 September
Exhibition of drawings from The State Hermitage Museum at Hampton Court Palace

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.
These albums lay forgotten for 200 years in the Hermitage archive but have been rediscovered and will go on show for the first time at Hampton Court Palace.

The Hermitage Foundation UK is also publishing these historic albums on behalf of the Hermitage Museum