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


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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