Tsar Peter would be pleased
It was he who established the traditions of mutual attraction and cooperation
which bore many fruits of success. Among them there is a modest Hermitage
• Amsterdam centre and a grandiose Petersburg whose original
name derived from the Dutch language.
The Hermitage • Amsterdam centre is a result of many years of hard work and experiments. Among them there have been: exhibitions (ten exhibitions in total), sponsor projects, restoration works, the Hermitage for Children project. Preparatory research has been carried out in economical and construction fields. Such a thoroughly elaborated project is deemed to succeed.
The Hermitage • Amsterdam centre was established in the atmosphere
of such mutual attraction and goodwill that otherwise can rarely
be found in the world. For that we are grateful not only to our first
friend Ernst Veen and his staff, but also to all our friends from the museums
in the Netherlands who accepted us in their family. We are grateful
Together we have established a new cooperation model where we managed
to find a mechanism for uniting state,
According to our plan, this centre will become not just a model for innovative relationships, but also a place where museums and other cultural institutes from the whole Russia and the whole Europe will work together in order to create a truly common cultural space. That was our intention from the very beginning, and now there are new opportunities for that.
Tsar Peter founded the first public museum in Russia. Many of the astonishing
exhibits of the Kunstkammer were bought by Tsar Peter himself in Holland.
The visitors were encouraged to come to the museum by a free shot of vodka.
Nowadays people are ready to stand in long queues for hours in order to visit this museum.
The museum tradition has come to Russia from Europe. It comes back here
in a new, enriched and useful for Europe form.