This year the traditional Days of the Hermitage were held from 1 until 9 December. The museum drew up the preliminary conclusions of the year and shared its plans for the future.
1 December, the "Hermitage Days - 2008" were
5 December, journalists were invited to the Hermitage Restoration
and Storage Centre in "Staraya Derevnya". There they were given
an opportunity to walk around the halls of the Repository's biggest building
being constructed and scheduled for commissioning in 2009; to see the new
rooms of the Laboratory for the Scientific Restoration of Works of Applied
Art which marked its 75th anniversary this year; to become the first
to see the artefacts of the Storage of wall paintings from the Central
Asia monasteries along the Silk Road (the Department of the Oriental Culture
and Art, the Section of the Far East Culture and Art) and the exposition
of the horse harness in the Coach House. In the afternoon an exhibition
"Alberto Giacometti. Sculpture. Painting. Drawing" was opened
This year the main events fell on 8 and 9 December.
8 December, Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky held a general
assembly of the Hermitage employees and a press conference dedicated to the preliminary
results of the year and plans for the future. The most
fascinating Hermitage publications of 2008 were introduced to the journalists
and the museum staff. The Foyer of the Hermitage Theatre housed the exhibitions
"The Hermitage in the World of Publications" and "The Hermitage
in Photographs". The day continued with a press walk about the museum
which enabled the journalists to become the first viewers of a new permanent
exhibition devoted to the West European Silver
9 December, on St. George's Day, in the St. George (Large Throne) Hall a solemn ceremony was held with the object of presenting the artefacts donated to the Guards' Museum by the Association of Descendants of the Preobrazhensky Life Guard Regiment Officers and Anatoly Vilkov. The attendees could see the gifts in the Picket Hall of the Winter Palace and take part in the official opening of the exhibitions of the West European Silver and "The Caves of a Thousand Buddhas".