Visit to the State Hermitage
of technical specialists from the Hermitage •
On 19-22 October 2008 the State Hermitage was visited by
a delegation of technical specialists from Amsterdam led by Pieter van
Empelen, the head of the project to reconstruct the Amstelhof building
(second phase of the Hermitage Amsterdam project). The delegation also
included Michele Sanders, assistant head of the project, and Roelof van
der Kooi, a specialist in fire-alarm and security systems, the monitoring
of the microclimate and critical situations in museums.
In the course of the visit members of the delegation had working meetings
with V.Yu. Matveyev, the deputy director for exhibitions and development,
A.V. Bogdanov, deputy director for exploitation and chief engineer, V.P.
Lukin, chief architect, V.A. Smirnov, chief power enginer, P.Ye. German,
head of the department of electronics, alarm systems and communications,
and O.V. Tolpygin, chief mechanic.
The Dutch specialists informed their Hermitage colleagues about the progress
of construction work in the Amstelhof building, which will be completed
by 25 December 2008. The installation of equipment will begin in January
2009 and in April the first exhibits of the exhibition “Russian Court
Life” will already arrive in the new building.
Each phase in the construction of the new museum in the Amstelhof is
accompanied by discussion with the specialists and administration of the
State Hermitage. During their visit the Dutch team presented documents
relating to the logistics of transporting works of art and the ari-conditioning
system in the museum halls.
Roelof van der Kooi also visited the Hermitage’s Staraya Derevnia Restoration
and Storage Complex where he exchanged opinions with staff on questions
relating to the development, installation and exploitation of technical
support systems in a modern museum.
During the visit our Dutch colleagues also acquainted themselves with
the plans for the reconstruction of the General Staff building and met
the management of the general contractor for the project, OOO Intarsia.
On 21 October 2008 Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky met with the
delegation from Amsterdam. The Dutch specialists informed him of the results
of their working visit.
Pieter van Empelen, Head of the
project to reconstruct the Amstelhof
Roelof van der Kooi, Manager Facilities
Michel Sanders, Assistant Project Manager Construction
The meeting between Hermitage Director
Mikhail Piotrovsky and the delegation from Amsterdam
During the meeting