Visiting St Petersburg? Here are our recommendations for exhibitions at the Hermitage
The Henkin Brothers: A Discovery. People of 1920s and 1930s Berlin and Leningrad 1 July – 24 September 2017
The Hermitage Encyclopaedia of Textiles. History 29 July – 15 October 2017
Nineteenth-century German and Austrian Paintings from the Mansion of Baron Alexander von Stieglitz until 31 December 2017
Nefertari and the Valley of the Queens. From the Museo Egizio, Turin 16 June 2017 – 10 January 2018
The Hermitage Encyclopaedia of Textiles. History
29 July – 15 October 2017
An incredible array of textiles of all kinds, from prehistoric fragments to rich costumes from the Romanov court. Uniforms, ball-dresses, lace and carpets, Chinese silks, Church vestments; Scythian textiles of the ninth to third centuries BC, Byzantine fabrics. A Fairy Godmother tapestry made at the Gobelins Manufactory that was presented personally to Nicholas II by the French President Félix Faure and has never left the Winter Palace.
Forced to pick just one piece, we go for this sixteenth-century Brussels tapestry, which has been recently restored but has not been on public display before. Probably an allegory of some kind, it is an outstanding depiction of fishing. For fishermen and lovers of fish everywhere!
The Henkin Brothers: A Discovery. People of 1920s and 1930s Berlin and Leningrad
1 July – 24 September 2017
Brothers Evgeny (1900–38) and Yakov (1903–41) Henkin were born in Rostov-on-Don. After the October Revolution, the younger brother relocated to Leningrad while the elder moved to Germany, living in Berlin from 1926 to 1936. Both brothers’ lives ended tragically: Yakov was killed on the Leningrad Front during World War II while Evgeny was arrested and shot by the NKVD during the purges. They captured their two cities – everyday life, public and sporting events, portraits of relatives and friends – but politics increasingly invaded their work. Soviet slogans become more persistent; portraits of Party leaders become more imposing; ordinary Berlin café customers jump up giving a Nazi salute. This is a picture of two emerging dictatorships that eventually claimed both brothers’ lives.
Nineteenth-century German and Austrian Paintings from the Mansion of Baron Alexander von Stieglitz
until 31 December 2017
Nefertari and the Valley of the Queens. From the Museo Egizio, Turin
16 June 2017 – 10 January 2018
Stars of one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt.
The Valley of the Queens is a dried-up river mouth on the west bank at Thebes that was used for burials of members of the royal family and their court at the time of the New Kingdom (1550–1069 BC). Around 100 tombs were carved out, mainly for queens and princes of the Ramesside period (19th and 20th dynasties, 1292–1077 BC). These tombs take the form of a succession of rectangular rooms leading to the burial chamber, where the body of the queen or prince was interred in a stone sarcophagus. The rich pictorial decoration on the walls of these tombs illustrates some of the stages in the deceased’s journey to eternal life and meeting with the gods.
The exhibition centres around Queen Nefertari, Great Royal Spouse of Ramesses II.
Salon de musique and other paintings by Piero Pizzi Cannella
20 May – 15 October 2017
Porcelain Flowers by Vladimir Kanevsky
6 July – 1 October 2017