245th ANNIVERSARY OF THE HERMITAGE
During the Hermitage Days the exhibition telling about scientific and exhibition activities of the museum in the expiring year started by tradition in the Hermitage Theatre Foyer. In 2009 the State Hermitage Publishing House published approximately 50 books and brochures that represent all types of publishing activities of the museum. The Hermitage issues scientific catalogues and fundamental research for specialists, diverse popular science literature for a wide range of readers, publications of archive documents and materials on the history of the Hermitage.
The most numerous publications of any museum are catalogues.
The Hermitage issues two types of catalogues - catalogues of temporary
exhibitions and collection catalogues. The museum devotes special
attention to the latter since they are exhaustive publications
of the Hermitage collections. Collection catalogues are meant,
in the first place, for specialists but always arouse interest
in all devotees of art. This year two collection catalogues
have been published. One of them is British Paintings
The Hermitage exhibitions have also been accompanied by colourful catalogues. One of them - Book Kunstkammer dedicated to rare and unusual in form, size, design books from the Scientific Library of the State Hermitage - is in its own way an exhibit due to its unusual design.
Scientific researches of the museum employees are represented
by monographs and several regular volumes of the Transactions
of the State Hermitage. Monograph of Irina Sokolova
The Picture Gallery of Pyotr
Periodical annual publication Announcements of the State Hermitage (this year its 67th edition has been published) is dedicated to attribution of the Hermitage monuments and research on collections history. Now the magazine is published in two language versions - in Russian and in English. English version of the Announcements is going to be published in the first quarter of 2010.
Books on the Hermitage history get great attention. Documents from the Hermitage
archive, owning to which it is possible to recreate
the events and setting in the museum
Among popular science publications the book by Irina Ukhanova Smoking Pipes of the 18th - Beginning of the 20th Centuries. Fantasy and Curious Incidents in Miniature Plastic Art (The Hermitage Collections series) shall attract attention of readers. It tells about smoking devices from various materials, about changing fashion for pipes, about images of smoking pipes in paintings and graphic arts. The Hermitage does not only publish works of contemporary authors but also republishes works by curators of the previous years. So together with the catalogue the work by V. Glinka and A. Pomarnatsky The Victory of Poltava was republished for The Perfect Victory exhibition dedicated to three hundred years anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. Also there appeared new forms of popular science publications - It Happened near Poltava colouring book was published for small visitors.
Books of the Hermitage employees are also published in other Russian and foreign publishing houses. In 2009 the Department of Philology and Art of St Petersburg State University issued monumental work of Georgy Vilinbakhov Symbols of Russia dedicated to state and military symbols of our country: national emblem, flag, Russian banners and orders as well as to the analysis of modern development of Russian state symbols.
The Hermitage Days - 2009 project partner is BDO Unicon Ltd.