The Exhibition Complex of the State Hermitage
Erected on Palace Square in the 1820-1830s according to the design of the outstanding architect of Russian classicism K.I. Rossi, the east wing of the General Staff Building houses the new exhibition complex of the State Hermitage.
The major display spaces are combined into three enfilade lines: Dvortsovaya Line (running along Palace Square), Pevcheskaya Line (running along Pevcheskiy Passage) and River Line (running along Moika River Embankment), with the addition of the central Grand Enfilade of atrium-shaped inner courts. From the ceremonial entrance hall, the majestic staircase located in the largest of the five inner courts leads to the exhibition spaces.
The museum’s second floor houses a permanent display The Age of Art Nouveau and a thematic exhibition devoted to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Empire, which was once accommodated in this building. Occupying the third floor are the exhibitions Under the Sign of the Eagle. The Art of Empire; French Painting and Sculpture of the 19th Century; Western European Art of the 19th Century (Germany. Holland, Belgium), 18th century Russian Guards Museum, as well as a permanent display tracing the history of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire, which also used to occupy this part of the General Staff Building. French painting of the second half of the 19th century, including the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and the artists of the Nabis group, is on view in the fourth floor rooms of Sergey Shchukin and the Morozov Brothers Memorial Gallery. Several rooms present the works by Matisse, Picasso and other 20th century masters.
Temporary exhibitions are regularly held in the rooms of the General Staff Building. It is the main venue for contemporary art display.