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An Alliance of the Arts. On the 275th Anniversary of the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory

  The exhibition has been organized by the State Hermitage with the participation of the Imperial Porcelain Factory joint-stock company, the State Russian Museum, the Pavlovsk, Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserves and the Kuskovo 18th-Century Estate Museum.


 The Imperial Porcelain Manufactory was established by Empress Elizabeth in 1744. It was there that the Chinese secret of porcelain was discovered and its manufacture from Russian raw materials was organized. The manufactory was the property of the Romanov family and worked on commissions from the imperial court. Porcelain from the enterprise adorned the residences of the ruling family, was used in some of the most important ceremonies, presented as diplomatic gifts and displayed at international exhibitions. The factory earned fame for its artistic creations. Thanks to them in particular, it became the pride of Russia and part of the nation’s heritage.

  Porcelain reflecting the ethnic diversity of the Russian state was produced in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The appearances of the various peoples living in the empire were recorded in the painted decoration and sculptural components of the Guryev (Russian) Service (1809–16), as well as in two large series of figurines of The Peoples of Russia. The first was created in the 1780s–90s, during the reign of Catherine II, from models made by Jacques-Dominique Rachette; the second in 1907–15 to a commission from Nicholas II using models made by Pavel Pavlovich Kamensky.

  After the revolution, the artistic traditions of the enterprise were preserved and the porcelain factory, which became state-owned, reflected the main stages in the development of Soviet art. The display presents the variety of artistic tendencies, themes and styles that found expression in the works of the Soviet period. 

  The exhibition “An Alliance of the Arts. On the 275th Anniversary of the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory.” will be the 18th in the Christmas Gift series that is devoted to the history and art of porcelain and has become a continuation of a long-standing tradition going back to the late 18th century revived by the Hermitage, by which as the Christmas feast approached the best pieces produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory were put on display in the Winter Palace.

Where: The Hermitage Main Building 

When:   25.12.2019 - 04.04.2020

Soviet Epoch: Between Utopia and Reality

The exposition is dedicated to the most actual and disputable time of the Russian history – the Soviet period. Over 1,000 exhibits from the collection of our Museum and state and private archives are displayed in six halls. The Museum interpretation of the subject represents the main stages of the Soviet state system formation (from 1917 till 1985) and the most important elements of social and private life of Soviet people. The first part of the exposition reveals the mechanism of Stalin’s power in taking full control over all spheres of life in the country. The second part emphasizes the gradual overcoming of Stalin’s heritage by the Soviet society.

When: During the year 

Where:Museum of Political History of Russia

The Museum of S.M. Kirov

Kirov’s museum is located in the famous "House of three Benois» on the second entrance of the house number 26/28 on Kamennoostrovsky Prospect, on the 4th and 5th floors.

"The House of three Benois" - is one of the largest pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg tenement buildings. It was constructed in 1911-1914. for the First Russian Insurance Company, designed by architects L. Benois, A. Benois, J. Benois and A. Gunst.

After the revolution of 1917, many apartments in this house became communal. Some of the apartments have been given to the Party and government leaders.

The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia

The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia is one of the best Concert Halls in Europe. It houses about 1500 persons. Its first-class acoustics has been appreciated by the world leading recording companies. It has been the century the centre of St.Petersburg music life since the 1840-s. 

          Alexander III. Collector and Patron


    February 26, 2020, marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander III, whose name was given to The State Russian Museum in April 1895. His art collection formed the original core of the Museum of Emperor Alexander III. The figure of this Emperor for a long time for various reasons did not cause interest and respect among historians. However, in recent decades, attention to this figure has increased significantly. Special mention is made of Alexander III's merits in museum construction and art education, which was due to his undoubted passion for history and fine arts. While still heir to the throne, the Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich became a passionate collector of paintings and applied arts. Later, becoming Emperor, he patronized The Itinerants, actively influenced the activities of imperial art manufactories, contributed to the reform of the Academy of Arts, and to the creation of art schools and new museums in both capitals and in provinces.

   The jubilee exhibition will display about 300 works of painting, graphics, sculpture and applied art from museums and archives of Russia: The State Russian Museum, The State Hermitage Museum, The State Tretyakov Gallery, The Museum of the History of Religion, Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, The State Museum Pavlovsk, Tsarskoe Selo State Museum, The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, The Museum of Fine Arts of Karelian Republic, Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Art Reserve Museum, The State Archive of the Russian Federation, The Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, and also from private collections.

When:  till the end of May

Where: The State Russian Museum

Exhibition  in the State Hermitage

“Henri Matisse: Jazz”


  Jazz played a key role in Matisse’s late oeuvre. Decoupage became the artist’s favourite technique and in the late 1940s to a large extent replaced painting for him.

 Jazz has gone down in the history of the livre d’artiste as an ideal specimen of the genre, an example of how an artist can transform the book and the book can transform his own art.

   Work on the book began in 1943–44, when, at the suggestion of the art publisher Tériade, Henri Matisse produced a series of decoupages. He cut outline shapes from paper coloured with gouache and then assembled them into compositions, fastening the pieces with pins, drawing-pins or glue


The Hermitage’s copy of Jazz is one of twenty that were not destined for sale. In April 1948, Matisse presented it to his long-time assistant Lydia Delectorskaya, who had been directly involved in the work on the publication. On a blank page at the start of the book, he made a pencil portrait of Lydia. In the 1960s Delectorskaya presented the book to the Hermitage, adding several sketches by Matisse (designs for decorative vignettes and exercises in shaping certain elements of the text). This material makes the Hermitage’s copy unique and is evidence of the process of working on the manuscript of Jazz and its design.

When:31.12.2019 - 01.03.2020

Where:Halls of the Art Nouveau, General Staff building

Alexander II at Tsarskoe Selo: 'Home at last…'

It occupies the former private rooms of Alexander II on the first floor in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace.

Lost during WWII, those interiors survived only in watercolours by Luigi Premazzi and Eduard Hau, as well as in illuminated works by photographer Steinmueller and other photographs from 1930s. Our display attempts to “reconstruct” a few of the rooms with some of their original furnishings.

About 200 artifacts such as paintings, furniture and porcelain pieces, weapons, bronzes and uniforms which belonged to the emperor and his family members and were used by them at Tsarskoe Selo, are presented by our Museum and by Moscow’s Ostankino Estate Museum. The latter loaned to the exhibition 25 furniture pieces from Alexander’s Office in the Ostankino Palace.

The highlights include the arms from the non-restored Asiatic Room of the Catherine Palace , some personal effects – his clock, briefcase and portraits of his grandchildren – from Alexander’s desk , and some pieces of the famous Lyons furniture set from the sitting room of Alexander’s wife, Empress Maria Alexandrovna.

When: till the end of 2019

Where:Catherine Palace, Zubov Wing, 1st floor

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