2015 November: Candida Höfer: Memory in London

Candida Höfer: Memory

Selected Works from the State Hermitage Museum Exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts

13 October – 27 November 2015   Private View for Friends on 24 November! Book now!

Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook's Mews, London W1K 4DG

Candida Höfer achieved major international success after she started taking photographs of empty public spaces to capture an elusive connection between people and places where they exist. In summer 2014 the artist spent nearly two weeks working in St. Petersburg and its suburbs. The photographs she created in Russia build seamlessly on the main architectural and functional preoccupations that so interest her: the Mariinsky Theatre and Yusupov Palace theatre, the palaces of Pavlovsk and Pushkin, the Russian National Library, and, of course, the halls of the Winter Palace itself. Ten of these works, carefully selected from the 25 that made up the St Petersburg show, are now on display in London.


Copyright Candida Höfer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

2015 November: Catalogue of Hermitage British Silver Published

In November 2015 the full catalogue of the British silver in the Hermitage collection, the work of internationally-respected curator of silver Marina Lopato, was published by Yale University Press. This volume has been financed by the Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, which has done much to bring the Hermitage's British art to wider audiences over the last twenty years. The Hermitage Foundation UK celebrated the event with a party for Friends and specialists.

From a blockbuster show of British paintings, drawings, silver, ceramics and engraved gems that travelled to three venues in the United States in 1996 (British Art Treasures from Russian Imperial Collections in the Hermitage) to Julia Kagan's groundbreaking survey of engraved gems (Gem Engraving in Britain From Antiquity to the Present with a catalogue of the British engraved gems in the State Hermitage Museum, 2010) and Elizaveta Renne's full catalogue of British paintings (State Hermitage Museum Catalogue. British Painting, 2011), the Mellon Centre has made a huge contribution to promoting British art and the ties between Britain and Russia's greatest museum. 

For those of you who enjoyed Houghton Revisited, the display of paintings from the Walpole collection sold to Catherine the Great in 1779 but returned to Houghton for the summer and autumn of 2013, it was the Mellon Centre that initiated the major study of the Walpole collection undertaken by a team of international scholars from the Hermitage and Great Britain. The results were published as: L. Dukelskaya, A. Moore, eds, A Capital Collection: Houghton Hall and the Hermitage (Yale University Press, 2002).



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