2019 April: Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs Curator's Talk


Curator's Talk with Stephen Patterson

Thursday 25 April 2019 19.00 – 20.30

2019 marks the 145 anniversary of the only direct marriage between the British Royal and Russian Imperial families; the wedding in January 1874 of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.  In this illustrated talk, Stephen Patterson, co-curator of the current exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs, explored the negotiations for the wedding, the ceremonies and celebrations in St Petersburg, Moscow, Windsor and London and the art in the Royal Collection associated with the dynastic union.


Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019





2019 January: Russia Contemporary

January saw the start of a new series of talks by Russian artists at The Saatchi Gallery over the course of 2019 


Contemporary Russian artists talk about their art and the artistic context in Russia. Sponsored by the Hermitage Foundation UK and the IXcellerate Moscow Datacentre, the series opened with Vlad Kulkov on 30 January. 

The aim of the programme is to provide a platform for Russian artists who have growing careers in Russia, but are perhaps less well known in the UK, to discuss their work and bring it to a new audience. The artists have been chosen to reflect the breadth and diversity of contemporary art from Russia, including both established and emerging artists. 

The series is the latest stage of an ongoing collaboration between the Hermitage Foundation UK and The Saatchi Gallery. The collaboration began in 2007 when the exhibition USA TODAY, featuring works by American artists from The Saatchi Gallery was shown at the State Hermitage Museum. This was followed by Newspeak: British Art Now. These exhibitions launched the Hermitage 20/21 Project, an initiative aimed at extending the State Hermitage Museum's collection in the 20th and 21st centuries.

30 January                               Vlad Kulkov (with introduction by Dimitri Ozerkov)

2018 December: Friends Events



Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 December 2018

Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

In this new departure of the Hermitage Foundation UK, we sponsored children's workshops. Children and grandchildren of Friends and Patrons were invited to take part. 

Father Frost and the Snow Maiden

11am – 3pm
A festive event with a difference. Surrounded by beautiful Russian paintings, children took part in an immersive storytelling session and created watercolours by candlelight.



Lecture by Caroline de Guitaut

Tuesday 18 December 2018: 7pm

Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TAFriday 30 November: 8.30 am

Caroline de Guitaut, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collection Trust, spoke about the objects in the exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, and about the making of the show. A leading authority on the work of Carl Fabergé, Caroline has published widely on the subject. She is joint curator of the exhibition and her catalogue of works by Fabergé in the Royal Collection is due to be published in 2020.