2017 October: Hermitage Art Week

Hermitage Art Week - first ever in London!

Lectures by Curators from The Hermitage Museum
16 - 19 October 2017 - 18.00 to 20.00
MacDougall's, 30A Charles II Street, SW1Y 4AE

The Hermitage Foundation UK launched The Hermitage Art Week in October - a series of four lectures in Russian by visiting curators from St Petersburg.  A simultaneous translation to English was available.

TICKETS: £5 for students*; £10 adults: 
Special offer : Students - £15 for all four lectures if booked together*
                         Adults - £30 for all four lectures if booked together

16 October - Yulia Lukyanova from the Hermitage Education Department gave the opening lecture, an introduction to the State Hermitage Museum, as an architectural masterpiece housing an encyclopaedic collection of art.   Yulia covered the construction of the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Large Hermitage and the New Hermitage and the original purpose of each building; the history of collecting by Catherine II including her great acquisition of the Walpole and Crozat collections and the 19th- and 20th-century collections. 

17 October -  Nina Tarassova, Hermitage curator of costume from the Departments of the History of Russian Culture, spoke on the costume collection. She also covered the creation of the first Centre of Costumes and Fashion in Russia at Staraya Derevnya, on the outskirts of the city of St Petersburg.

18 October - Sonia Kudriavtseva, head of the Hermitage Youth Centre and Student Club, spoke on contemporary art: Art and Politics in Russia. Contemporary Art Exhibitions at the Hermitage Museum.   The Hermitage's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art is among the most famous in the world, and one of the key reasons to visit this extraordinary museum.   Sonia covered the decision, effected in 2014, to move the collection from the upper floors of the main Hermitage complex across Palace Square to the General Staff Building which now gives this superb collection a dedicated, modern exhibition space where masterpieces of fin de siècle art can be displayed to their full advantage.

19 October - Dimitri Ozerkov, Head of the Hermitage Department of Contemporary Art, spoke  on Prigov and Moscow Conceptualism.   Known as the father of Russian Conceptualism, unlike other artists of the period, Dmitri Prigov did not emigrate and therefore never became as famous abroad as his expatriate contemporaries. He is perhaps better known as a poet, the author of 36,000 poems. The donation of works to the Hermitage by his family includes almost 400 individual drawings, prints, installations and videos of the artist's performances.
An exhibition devoted to Prigov opened the previous week at  Calvert 22.

2017 October: Dmitry Prigov Private View

Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action

Private view, Thursday, 12 October - 18.00 - 21.00

Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP

The first posthumous solo exhibition in the UK exploring the mystical world of the genre-defying poet, artist, performer and leader of Moscow Conceptualism. In partnership with the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, the Hermitage Foundation UK and the Dmitri Prigov Foundation
Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action at Calvert 22 Space reflects on the different ways theatricality and performance influenced Prigov’s oeuvre, focusing primarily on his work after the fall of the Soviet Union. Part of the The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution season marking the centenary of 1917, the exhibition looked back on the Soviet experiment and the ways Prigov harnessed ideological, philosophical and mystical languages to address themes of chaos, change
and death.

Calvert 22 Space, 22 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP

Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
FREE entry

2017 October: Frieze London passes

Preview Day, Wednesday 4th October & through the week 5–8 October 2017
Frieze kindly agreed to offer Hermitage Foundation’s supporters VIP passes for the exclusive preview of both Frieze London and Frieze Masters. 


Frieze London announces Galleries, Curators and a New Section for the 2017 Fair. More than 160 leading galleries from across the world will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists, enhanced by a curated non-profit programme of artist commissions, films and talks. New for 2017, curator Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) will co-advise on the Focus section dedicated to emerging galleries; Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London) will curate Frieze Talks for the first time, exploring artists’ response to an age of ‘alternative facts’. The 2017 fair will also feature a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, curated by Alison Gingeras (independent curator).
Frieze Masters 2017 announces Galleries, Curators and Sections taking place in Regents’ Park 5–8 October 2017, the sixth edition to feature highlights of six thousand years of art history from the world’s leading galleries, curated sections dedicated to revolutionary yet overlooked 20th-century artists and extraordinary objects, alongside a series of talks