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24 May 2016

Briefing by Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky and launch of the book For Museums There Are No Taboos

On 24 May 2016, two events took place in the General Staff: a briefing by Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage, covering questions of the economics and politics of the museum and its plans, and the launch of Mikhail Borisovich’s book "For Museums There Are No Taboos

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23 May 2016

The Hermitage at the Thessaloniki Book Fair

The State Hermitage took part in the 13th Thessaloniki International Book Fair, held on 12–15 May 2016, as part of the Year of Greece and Russia.

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23 May 2016

Day of the Hermitage Cat 2016

On 21 May 2016, the museum held its traditional Day of the Hermitage Cat celebration.

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22 May 2016

“Palmyra; breathing in life!” – a State Hermitage project as part of the Night of Museums

On 21 May 2016, the State Hermitage took part in the annual Night of Museums event. At the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre, a special interactive programme was presented entitled “Palmyra; breathing in life!” and devoted to the cultural legacy of Palmyra.

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22 May 2016

The State Hermitage Informs

Attempts to get onto the roofs of the Winter Palace and the General Staff building of the State Hermitage, especially in the summer months, remain as before very popular among the “roof climber” community.

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18 May 2016

Opening of the St Petersburg International Legal Forum

On 18 May 2016, the 6th St Petersburg International Legal Forum began working in the General Staff building of the State Hermitage. This year, the forum has 3,500 participants from 83 countries.

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18 May 2016

International Vexillological Symposium IN HOC SIGNO VINCES in Stockholm

On 16–18 May, Stockholm was the venue for the latest international vexillological symposium IN HOC SIGNO VINCES with researchers from twelve countries participating.

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18 May 2016

International Museum Day in the Hermitage Honouring Veteran Museum Workers

International Museum Day has been celebrated around the world since 1977, when the 9th General Conference of the International Council of Museums, held in Moscow and Leningrad, adopted a resolution at the suggestion of the Soviet delegation on the establishment of an annual professional day of celeb

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15 May 2016

General Meeting of the Union of Museums of Russia at the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve

On 14 May 2016, the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve in Moscow hosted a General Meeting of the Union of Museums of Russia.

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6 May 2016

Mikhail Piotrovsky visits Palmyra

On 5 May 2016 a delegation of cultural and scientific figures from Russia and a group of ambassadors to UNESCO representing that organization’s Cultural Heritage Committee visited Palmyra. Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage, was among the participants.

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6 May 2016

Opening of the exhibition “The Unpainted Picture. Vladimir Sterligov. Restoration of the Hermitage 1946–1948”

On 6 May 2016, the exhibition “The Unpainted Picture. Vladimir Sterligov. Restoration of the Hermitage 1946–1948” began functioning in the Foyer of the Hermitage Theatre.

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5 May 2016

Consecration of the School Centre Premises

On 5 May 2016, the rooms of the State Hermitage’s School Centre that were restored in late 2015 were consecrated.

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4 May 2016

Mikhail Piotrovsky Elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage, has been elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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4 May 2016

Meeting of the Petersburg Dialogue coordination council

On 29 April 2016, Munich was the setting for a meeting of the Petersburg Dialogue coordination council.

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4 May 2016

Flowers Laid at the Piskaryovskoe Memorial Cemetery

On 4 May 2016, the State Hermitage Museum delegation led by Deputy Director Georgy Vilinbakhov visited the Piskaryovskoe Memorial Cemetery.

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27 April 2016

“The Past at Your Fingertips” Graduation Party

On 26 April 2016, the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre was the venue for a celebration being held for the 8 time to mark pupils of St Petersburg’s schools for partially sighted and blind children having completed a 3-year cycle of lessons in the programme “The Past at Your Fingertips”

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27 April 2016

Opening of the exhibition “The Empress and the Gardener” at Hampton Court

On 27 April 2016, the exhibition “The Empress and the Gardener” began working at Hampton Court Palace, London, presenting for the first time a collection of watercolours and drawings by Lancelot “Capability” Brown from the stocks of the State Hermitage.

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26 April 2016

Yemeni Cultural Heritage Week – The World’s Museums Unite in Support of Yemen

Between 24th and 30th April, UNESCO will hold an international awareness-raising campaign named “Yemeni Cultural Heritage Week – The World’s Museums Unite in Support of Yemen” in cooperation with 10 of the world’s leading museums.

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26 April 2016

75th Anniversary of the Department of the History of Russian Culture

On 26 April 2016, the Council Hall was the setting for a scholarly session of the Department of the History of Russian Culture held to mark the 75th anniversary of the department’s formation.

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A Word from the Director

    • 30 Nov 2017

      Mikhail Piotrovsky: “We have created the Hermitage of the 21st century”

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    • 30 Nov 2017

      The Winter Palace and Hermitage as Witnesses of the Russian Revolution

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    • 24 Nov 2017

      Mikhail Piotrovsky on the Cultural Forum, on the problems of culture and its defence, and on working with special visitors

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The Hermitage Museum Blog

    • 26 Jul 2017

      The Hermitage at the VK Fest

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    • 20 Nov 2017

      Speech made by Riyad Haddad, Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Russian Federation

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    • 21 May 2016

      The State Hermitage at the Intermuseum 2016 Festival

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