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Russian Embassy receives with glam new exhibition at the Hermitage

On October 4 the Embassy of Russia in the Netherlands held a reception dedicated to the opening of a new exhibition “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court” at the Hermitage Amsterdam. 

On October 4, 2019 the Russian Embassy in the Kingdom of the Netherlands  held a reception dedicated to the opening of a new exclusive exhibition “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court” at the Hermitage Amsterdam. 

It introduces unique artworks from the collection of the State Hermitage in Saint Petersburg and was organized to mark the 255th anniversary of the museum, the 15th anniversary of collaboration between the Russian and the Dutch museums and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Hermitage on the Amstel. 

More than 300 exceptional works were chosen for the present exhibit. It features masterpieces by the Russian court jeweler Fabergé and many other fine craftspeople – Cartier, Lalique and Tiffany. Visitors will have glimpse at the way of living of the Russian emperors and empresses, such as Elizabeth, Catherine the Great and Anna Pavlovna Romanova, the daughter of czar Paul I, who became the Queen of the Netherlands having married The Prince consort Willem.

In his speech at the reception Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin noted that yet another important anniversary is being celebrated in Russia –  the 350th anniversary of the birth of the grand-grandfather of Anna Pavlovna, the founder of Saint Petersburg – Peter The Great.

Mrs. Natalia Shulgina and H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin.

The Decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin of 25 October 2018 established a Committee for conducting the festivities. It is governed by the Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and comprises heads of federal and regional bodies of executive power, the parliament of the Russian Federation, leading research and educational organizations, museums and other cultural institutions. 

Ambassador told the audience that the Russian Ministry of Culture prepared a detailed program to mark the anniversary. It includes around 100 events, including conferences, exhibitions, publication of archives, history and literary competitions and many others. 

A number of festive activities have already taken place in Russia, others will be held until 2022. The central event of the jubilee year of 2022 in Saint Petersburg will be the “Birthday of Peter I” – a newly established public occasion to be celebrated on 9 June.

In conclusion, the Russian ambassador presented to Ms Cathelijne Broers, director of the Hermitage Amsterdam a memorial plaque by Alexander Taratynov, a Russian sculptor, residing in the Netherlands, to mark this anniversary, as well as the visit of Peter the Great to the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

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