2017 May: David Hockney Friends Event

For Friends only:

David Hockney at Tate Britain - private curator-led tour: Thursday 4 May 2017 at 8.45 am - avoid the crowds at this extremely popular exhibition!


David Hockney at Tate Britain – private curator-led tour

Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 8.45 am

Avoid the crowds at this extremely popular exhibition!

Widely regarded as one of the most successful and recognisable artists of our time, this exhibition celebrates Hockney's achievement in painting, drawing, print, photography and video. The chronological overview traces his development from his student days (1961) through to his iconic works of the 1960s and 1970s, on to his recent success at the Royal Academy and beyond. Hockney declares: ‘It has been a pleasure to revisit works I made decades ago, including some of my earliest paintings. Many of them seem like old friends to me now. We're looking back over a lifetime with this exhibition, and I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.’

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2017 April: Gala Dinner London


THURSDAY, 27 APRIL 2017 at 7.15 pm



A good time was had by all – and money was raised for Hermitage programmes – at the Hermitage Foundation UK annual gala dinner. This year it was held in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum (we should note that later this year the Hermitage is sending some 200 of its Scythian gold treasures to a show at the BM – watch this space). In addition to Professor Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, and James Dawnay, President and Chairman of the Hermitage Foundation UK respectively, guests included a number of museum directors, among them Hertzog Fischer, Director of the British Museum, Tristram Hunt, who recently took up his post as Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Adrian Jenkins of the Bowes Museum and Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures.

If you missed this one, don’t forget – it is not too late to get your tickets for the Summer Gala in St Petersburg on 30 June. Contact Janice Sacher on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Champagne reception in the Enlightenment Gallery

Built between 1823 and 1827 to house the King's Library, the Enlightenment Gallery is surely one of the most spectacular contemporary adaptations of a historic space for modern museum purposes. It tells the story of how collectors have shaped the Museum over four centuries.

Hermitage Foundation UK Chairman James Dawnay greeted guests and thanked the many kind sponsors of the event. Fittingly, the Enlightenment Gallery includes Greek vases (see case to left) – and some of the money raised by the Hermitage Foundation UK in the past has gone to finance publication of catalogues of the incredible collection of vases in the Hermitage Museum.



Professor Piotrovsky presents a diamond Hermitage Artist Badge to shoe-designer Manolo Blahnik, whose The Art of Shoes is on at the Hermitage (10 May - 22 July); with Hermitage Foundation UK trustee Ekaterina Sirkanian.  But what Manolo Blahnik is really interested in is SHOES – in this case, a sandal worn by a Roman imperial colossal foot of the 1st to 2nd centuries AD.

Successful bid at the auction – all money raised goes straight to the projects of the Hermitage Foundation UK. Among the objects sold at auction were a sculpture by Jan Fabre and a pair of exclusive Manolo Blahnik shoes.


2017 February: Revolution! in Amsterdam Friends Event

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolutions of February and October 1917. Events marking this anniversary are being held in many places. On 4 February the Hermitage Amsterdam opens 1917. Romanovs & Revolution and the following week on 11 February the Royal Academy in London launches its own Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. We have special events lined up for Friends.




Saturday, 4th February 2017 - 14.00-20.00 

One of the privileges of being a member of The Hermitage Foundation UK is your invitation to attend openings of the exhibitions at The Hermitage Amsterdam, and free access to the Museum.  You are therefore invited to attend the Friends event at the Museum on 4 February.

This unique exhibition will include more than 250 items from the collections of The State Hermitage Museum, as well as fascinating documents from the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow and weapons from the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg.  Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d'art and historical documents, the show will tell the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century.   Visitors will see and hear how choices and decisions made by the tsar made revolution inevitable and spelled the end of the 300-year Romanov monarchy in Russia.
Materials from the State Archive include letters from the mysterious and disreputable court faith healer Rasputin, as well as family holiday snaps, love letters, the last diaries of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, childhood drawings by the tsesarevich and his sisters. Also on show are Nicholas’ Act of Abdication, and, in a grisly touch, one of the bayonets used to murder the captive imperial family in July 1918.