2015 October: Book Launch with Professor Piotrovsky in London

Professor Piotrovsky with the Russian Ambassador (left) and signing books in the Ambassador's residence

Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, was in London for the launch of his new book, My Hermitage. After a select reception for friends and Friends of the Hermitage at the Russian Ambassador’s residence on 6 October he gave a sell-out lecture at the Victoria and Albert Museum the following day.


Reception at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 7 October


2015 October: Ai Weiwei Friends Event

Private View of Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

      30th October 2015,  8.00 am


PRIVATE VIEW: Friday, 30th October 2015,  8.00 am

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Limited spaces available!!!

Ai Weiwei's landmark exhibition at the Royal Academy will present the first major institutional survey of his artistic output.  The exhibition will include significant works from 1993 onwards, the date of Ai Weiwei's return to China after more than a decade living in New York.  Ai Weiwei has created new, site-specific installations and interventions throughout the Royal Academy's spaces.
Curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, and Adrian Lock, Senior Curator, in close collaboration with Ai Weiwei.

We have been given early access to this exhibition before it opens to the public at 10.00am.  

Members can arrive between 8.00 and 9.00a.m for this private viewing.

Ai Weiwei in his studio in Beijing, taken in April 2015 Photo © Harry Pearce/Pentagram, 2015

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2015 October: Louis Vuitton Friends Event London

On 14 October a group of Hermitage Friends had immense fun at a private view of


This was the third in a series of artistic displays designed to portray the creative inspirations behind Louis Vuitton collections (this time for autumn/winter 2015), to coincide with the collection's arrival in stores. This modern and unexpected reinterpretation of a fashion show took the form of an installation, a thirteen-room journey over three floors, exploring every step in the creative process that went towards creating this season's collection – from initial product sketches, through to the experiences of the models on the day of the show.


A good time was had by all, not least Janice Sacher - our Deputy Chief Executive, who organises all the Friends events!