245th ANNIVERSARY OF THE HERMITAGE
The Hermitage Days - 2009 opened November 30 by the traditional Internet meeting with the museum Director Mikhail Piotrovsky that was dedicated to the 245th anniversary of the Hermitage.
The main events took place
7 December, on the birthday of the Hermitage, the Day of St Catherine, patroness of Catherine the Great, who founded the museum, ceremonial employees meeting and press-conference took place; during both events Mikhail Piotrovsky imparted preliminary results of the elapsing year, told about future plans and also introduced publication activities of the museum to all the attendants.
Two exhibition - The Hermitage in the World of Publications - 2009 and The Hermitage in the World of Photography - 2009 - opened in the Hermitage Theatre Foyer.
On the same day for the firth time the Hermitage Theatre employees had been awarded with grants of the Vladimir Potanin Charity Fund.
8 December the Enamels of the World
The painting by French artist of the 19th century
On the same day the Museum welcomed all Hermitage Friends from around the world for the traditional annual event - celebration of the International Hermitage Friendsí Day.
9 December the Hermitage invited everyone to the Grand Ceremony
in the St George Hall that was dedicated to the Day of St George and in the course
of which the public was introduced to the gift from the Dukes
Nikolai Romanovich and Dmitry Romanovich Romanovs - the sabre of St George,
belonging to Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov Senior;
relics from the Royal Armoury Chamber Museum in Stockholm and a gift from
Yantarny Dom (Amber House) LLC - three wonderful drawings by Yury
Felten - his designs for the Small Hermitage Building.
The Hermitage Days were concluded by the opening of the 12th International Festival Admiralty Music in the Hermitage Theatre.
The Hermitage Days project partner is BDO Unicon Ltd.