The Hermitage in 2010. Summary
2010 is getting over. For the Hermitage it was full of interesting events. This year the Hermitage was visited by more than 2 million 400 thousand people. More than 800 thousand of them attended the museum for free. Among them are children, students and pensioners. The Hermitage’s social program is the main present that the Hermitage gives to all art lovers.
We intend to make the monuments of cultural heritage kept at the Hermitage more accessible to the public. For this reason every year we update and open new expositions. This year new permanent exhibitions were opened: Culture and Art of Middle Asia. Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, Old Siberia. The Fifth Pazyryksky Burial Mound.
In 2010 the Hermitage organized within its territory 23 temporary exhibitions.
Among them are such large-scale exhibitions: Wind in the Pines... 5000 years of Korean Art. From the collection of the National Museum of Korea
and Picasso. From the collection of the Picasso National Museum.
Exhibitions based on the materials of the Hermitage collections had a variety of themes: From Gothic to Mannerism. Netherlandish drawings
A catalog has been prepared for each exhibition.
The highlight of this summer became the project Pompidou Center in
the State Hermitage consisting of two
The life of the Hermitage is impossible without science. 24 scientific
conferences held in 2010 were devoted to a wide scope of issues regarding
the history of culture and art studies. Results of scientific work are
reflected in the Hermitage’s publications. One of such publication i a monograph by T. Malinina The Imperial Glass Factory (Publishing
House of the State Hermitage), which was awarded with the Museum
This year the museum collection was replenished by unique acquisitions, including items from ancient Caucasian state Urartu, items from the silver service of the Prussian King Friedrich the Great, an illustrated 15th century Chinese manuscript, valuable historical documents from a family archive of counts Balashovs. The Hermitage collections are also replenished due to archaeological research conducted by the Hermitage expeditions to various regions of Russia and countries of the near abroad. Unexpected finds are sometimes discovered in the Hermitage itself. In April of this year a sculpture group by the Russian sculptor-academician V. Beklemishev was found in an immured niche in a wall of the Winter Palace. It is being restored by the Hermitage specialists who have implemented several dozens of successful restoration projects. This year a complex restoration of the Jordan Staircase of the Winter Palace has been carried out. The restoration of silver items from the buried treasure of the factory owner Likhacheva has become the most interesting restoration project of the Hermitage.
Everything done in the outgoing year has been done by the efforts of a huge team of professionals of the Hermitage. We congratulate the museum staff and all friends of the Hermitage with the coming New Year!