The formal opening of the Hermitage • Amsterdam Centre
19 June Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Dmitry
Medvedev, President of Russia, opened a new exhibition complex
in the capital of the Netherlands - the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre.
The opening ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness
The honorable guests were met at the entrance of the museum by the Director
of the State Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky and the director of the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre Ernst Veen.
The new centre opened its work with a grandiose exhibition entitled Russian
Imperial Court, presenting more than 2000 exhibits from the collection
of the Hermitage in the Amstelhof building.
The members of the royal family of the Netherlands and the Russian presidential
couple got acquainted with a larger part of the exhibition. The guests
paid special attention to the portrait of the Emperor Nicholas II by Ilya
Repin, the tsar throne, and costumes, including ball dresses and casual
dresses of ladies, uniforms etc.
In connection with the opening of the centre the Russian delegation presented
the Dutch side copies of the originals of unique historical documents
from the Archive of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire. Among them
there was a letter of consent written by the Empress Maria Fedorovna concerning
the marriage of Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna with William of Orange, Crown
Prince of the Netherlands, dated February 12, 1816.
The opening of the centre has become one of the most significant cultural
events in the Netherlands in the recent time.
According to Mikhail Piotrovsky, "The exhibition is absolutely unique;
however, the event itself is also unique. It is for the first time in the world
that a large world museum establishes its exhibition centre
in another world cultural centre, namely in Amsterdam. It is a part of the global
strategy of the Hermitage to make our collections available
in the world. We are organizing different centres. This centre is the largest."
Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam, believes that the Hermitage • Amsterdam
centre will have 'great attraction strength' for the tourists and the people of the city.
Ernst Veen told about the fact that the corporate sponsors that had invested
much means in order to transform the former
After the opening of the exhibition the honorable guests of the centre,
Queen Beatrix, Prince
The new Hermitage • Amsterdam exhibition centre opened for the public June 20, at 10.00. The people of Amsterdam, who gathered around the Amstelhof building in the morning, were waiting impatiently for the opening time, looking at the electronic clock and counting loud the remaining seconds. The first ticket to the exhibition was bought by the Director of the State Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky.