The Hermitage Days of 2003
During the Hermitage Days traditionally held on 7-9 December the museum
sums up the previous year's results and announces its plans for future.
This year celebration started on 5 December. The Hermitage Days were inaugurated
by a meeting of the museum's personnel, where Director Mikhail B. Piotrovsky
described what has been done during the previous year and what the museum
expects to do in the near future.
After the press conference, journalists were invited to the exhibition
Russians in Paris (St. Petersburg - Paris,
The two key figures of the exhibition Russians in Paris, opened on 6 December in the Alexander Hall, are Napoleon I and Alexander I. Creations of Russian and French artists present a wide panorama of art of the first quarter of the 19th century, the age of Napoleonic wars.
The same day the Hermitage Board of Trustees met.
On 8 December Director Mikhail B. Piotrovsky had an online meeting with visitors to the museum's website in the Hermitage Cafemax Internet cafe. Members of the International Club of the Hermitage Friends were offered a special program.
At a meeting in the Hermitage Theater the project The Hermitage - Tatiana Parfenova was presented and awards were conferred on sponsors. The event was closed by a concert of the State Hermitage Orchestra.
On 9 December, the Feast of St George, the central event was the ceremony of opening the Museum of the Guards in the General Staff.
The same day national awards of the Russian Federation were conferred
on the Hermitage staff. Order of Honor was awarded to A.K. Baturin, Deputy
Director Personnel. Medals of the Order for Services to Fatherland II
were conferred on Yu.P. Kalashnik, Director of the Department of Antiquities,
and V.M. Potin, Chief Research Assistant of the Department of Numismatics.
For achievement in the preservation and development of culture and art
The Hermitage Days were closed by concert of the Admiralty Orchestra conducted by Capt. Aleksey Karabanov in the Hermitage Theater. The concert also opened the 4th international festival Admiralty Music. Music of the Russian Imperial Guards, military marches of all the Life Guards' regiments and national anthems of the Russian Empire were performed to celebrate the opening of the Museum of the Guards.