Cooperation of the
State Hermitage Museum and Samsung Electronics
On 23 March 2011 the State Hermitage and Samsung Electronics announced
the completion of another phase of cooperation which was started in 1997
and the transition of technical partnership of the company and the museum
to a new level - to cooperation in the field of innovative technologies.
Currently, the Entrance Area of the Hermitage, the Grande Parade Courtyard
of the Winter Palace, ticket boxes of the Tour Bureau have multimedia
stands with Samsung information displays with the aid of which museum
visitors can learn about the working hours and the cost of tickets; get
information about tours; departments of the museum; Friendsí Club of the
Hermitage; temporary exhibitions. Halls of the main complex of the museum,
temporary exhibitions, as well as the Winter Palace of Peter I and the
Menshikov Palace have Samsung plasma and LED panels with educational programs.
Samsung information displays using new energy-saving LED backlight technology
LED BLU (Back Light UNIT) provide up to 40% of energy savings compared
to conventional information displays.
In addition, the company and the State Hermitage began to develop a widget-based
application for next-generation Samsung SmartTV television sets. The Hermitage
widget will be available to users with the ability to connect modern Samsung TV to the Internet. With the new service a lot of people will have easy
and convenient access to a wide range of various information about the
Hermitage and its collections of masterpieces directly on the TV screen.
In 2010, within the framework of a joint restoration project by Samsung
and the State Hermitage, Linking Times - Linking Technologies,
works of restoring floor-based musical clocks made in the studio of Roentgen
and Kinzig in Germany in 1780s were completed. To date, about ten copies
of this clock model have survived in the world. The unique mechanism is
a result of joint work of four leading experts in the field of applied
art of the late 18th century: cabinet maker David Roentgen, clock maker
Peter Kinzig, organ master Johann Weill, and bronze maker Francois Remo'n.
After completion of restoration the Hermitage received the first in Russia
operating copy of a similar clock included in the museumís permanent exposition.
"New technology of our time helps to revive the finest technology
of the past. Samsung and the Hermitage establish the connection of times
and remind everyone about the continuity of human civilization",
said Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage.
"Modern technology allows to make works of art accessible to everyone.
It is due to careful attention to the cultural heritage that we become
spiritually richer, and the use of innovative technology enables more
and more people to enjoy the masterpieces of past centuries", says
Lim Suk Il, head of Samsung Electronics office in St Petersburg.
For more than 13 years of collaboration between the State Hermitage and
Samsung Electronics within the framework of the project Linking Times
- Linking Technologies a technical assistance program of educational,
scientific and tour activities of the museum has been implemented, the
entrance area of the Hermitage has been refurbished, the historical Council
Hall has been restored, several unique mechanisms of the past have been
restored: a large floor-based clock with an organ that belonged to the
Russian Empress Catherine II (England, 1792) and a wall-based clock with
a musical mechanism made by James Cox (1760), the author of the famous
At a press conference
Sergey Kostyukov, Deputy Head of Samsung Electronics Rus office in St Petersburg
Floor-based musical clock
Workshop of Roentgen and Kinzig
Watching a movie in 3D format on restoration of clocks and musical mechanisms
Oleg Zinatullin, restorer