Hermitage Rooms Archive: 2000-2007
The Hermitage Rooms are no longer operating as an exhibition space. The Friends of the Hermitage facilitate collaborations between the Museum in St. Petersburg and institutions throughout the UK, including those based in Somerset House.
France in Russia: Empress Josephine's Malmaison Collection
25 July - 4 November 2007
Malmaison was the country retreat of Empress Josephine, where she lived with her husband Napoleon Bonaparte. The château was decorated and furnished in the latest antique taste providing a luxurious setting for Josephine's burgeoning art collection. Many of the works she collected were gifts from Napoleon which he had acquired during his various military campaigns in Europe.
After her death, Tsar Alexander
I bought an important part of the Malmaison paintings and sculpture
collection and shipped it to St Petersburg
to be installed in the Winter Palace. This exhibition brought together,
for the first time in Britain, a significant part of the The
State Hermitage Museum's Malmaison collection.
This exhibition brought together a wide
range of material from the Hermitage's rich collections, including
paintings, drawings, furniture and a recently discovered group
of prints depicting scenes from the education of Eros to explore
the theme of art and seduction in 18th century French culture.
The Road to Byzantium: Luxury
Arts of Antiquity
30 March to 3 September 2006
This major exhibition brought to London
for the first time an extraordinary collection of classical Greek,
Roman and Byzantine luxury artworks from The State Hermitage
Museum, including finely decorated silver and gold, Athenian
red-figure vases and exquisite cameos.
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Gainsborough to Turner:
British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection
17th November 2005 - 12 February 2006
The remarkable Spooner collection of early British watercolours is one of the finest of its kind. This was a rare opportunity to see 80 of the most exquisite watercolours in the intimate setting of the Hermitage Rooms. The collection, which now belongs to the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, includes outstanding works by Thomas Gainsborough, Paul Sandby, Thomas Girtin, John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.
the Square: Avant-garde Porcelain from Revolutionary Russia
Extended to 30 September 2005
This absorbing exhibition celebrated an extraordinary period in the history of 20th century art and design and presents, for the first time in Britain, a comprehensive survey of the porcelain produced at the world-renowned State Porcelain Factory in St Petersburg (formerly Imperial now the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory), during the years following the Russian Revolution of 1917.
This dazzling exhibition of art from Islamic
lands was the most significant exhibition of its kind to be
held in London since the Festival of Islam at the Hayward
Gallery in 1976. Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands drew on the collections of The State Hermitage Museum in St
Petersburg and the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art,
London, both of which will be lending more than 60 works.
This Rubens exhibition was the first project
to result from the alliance between the Courtauld Institute of Art
and The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The exhibition
drew on the two celebrated and complementary collections of the
sketches that have long been regarded as one of the most compelling
and remarkable aspects of Rubens’ work. With the addition
of loans from British collections, the exhibition comprised
some 40 oil sketches supplemented by ten related drawings and a
small number of finished paintings.
To mark the 300th anniversary of St Petersburg,
home of The State Hermitage Museum, the Hermitage Rooms at Somerset
House offered free admission to an exhibition of some 200 photographs
from the Hermitage collection, presenting a profile of this rich
and thriving city when it was still the capital of Russia.
The exhibition presented 34 masterpieces
from the Walpole collection, most returning to England for the first
time in over 200 years. Among these are works by Rembrandt, Rubens,
Van Dyck, and Poussin.
Generously supported by the Open Russia Foundation
This exhibition brought twelve masterpieces
by Caspar David Friedrich from the State Hermitage Museum's collection
in St Petersburg, together with work by his German contemporaries.
Generously supported by Donald and Jeanne Kahn
This magnificent exhibition offered visitors
the opportunity to view a selection from one of the world's least
known collections of master drawings.
This dazzling exhibition of jewels, decorative
art and paintings inaugurated the Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House.
More than 500 works of art from the State Hermitage Museum in St
Petersburg recreated the imperial splendour of the Winter Palace
and offered visitors a unique window on Russian art and history.