A UK Charitable Foundation in support of the State Hermitage Museum

Promoting UK Russian cultural relations since 2003


CURATED BY Dimitry Ozerkov Anastasia Garnova

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Mission“to support the Hermitage in matters artistic, scientific and cultural...”

HFUK is a UK registered charity which represents The State Hermitage Museum across the United Kingdom, facilitating cultural exchange and supporting a range of Hermitage activities including exhibitions and loans, acquisitions and a curatorial exchange programme. In addition, the Foundation is responsible for the management of the Hermitage’s international endowment fund, and for a major publishing programme translating the Hermitage collection’s catalogues into English. Alongside these activities, the Foundation runs a busy Friends, Young Friends Patrons organisation that is closely linked to the museum in St Petersburg and which organises regular events in both the UK and Russia.

Projects undertaken by The Hermitage Foundation UK include ‘Hermitage20/21’. Initially launched in 2007, the project's goal is to collect, exhibit and study contemporary art, as well as to build the museum’s contemporary art collection; the programme has since resulted in exhibitions by artists including Anthony Gormley, Zaha Hadid, Henry Moore, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Anselm Kiefer and Tony Cragg.

The Foundation’s publishing programme has produced valuable English translations of many of the museum’s collections including those of Flemish paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, British painting, British engraved gems and Persian painting; current volumes in development include French paintings from the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries and Iranian bronzes of the 14th to the 18th centuries.

Recent projects in the UK include the exhibition of Francesco Melzi’s (1493–1570) recently restored masterpieceFloraat the National Gallery as the centrepiece of theirfocus exhibitionFrancesco Melzi and the Leonardeschi(2019); and ‘The Empress and the Gardener’,an exhibition at Hampton Court Palace in 2016 which showed 70 drawings of the Palace’s gardens by Capability Brown’s draughtsman, John Spyers, recently discovered in the Hermitage Museum having been acquired by Catherine the Great in the 18th century.The Foundation also supported ‘Houghton Revisited. The Walpole Masterpieces From Catherine the Great’s Hermitage’in 2013.

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The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage is one of the greatest museums in the world. It is a museum in a palace, the Winter Palace of the Tsars. There are more than 3 million works of art in the collection and here is a small selection of stars:

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former HFUK Director Geraldine Norman O.B.E.,

Photograph © The State Hermitage Museum, 2020.
Photographers: Vladimir Terebenin, Konstantin Sinyavsky, Alexander Lavrentyev.

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An Absinthe with Picasso

A talk by Chris Riopelle from the National Gallery on Picasso's Absinthe Drinker in the State Hermitage Museum. A Talk organised by HFUK

About this Event

Chris Riopelle, the Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, and the acting curator of eighteenth-century French paintings at the National Gallery, is kindly giving a talk on one of Picasso's paintings in The State Hermitage Museum, The Absinthe Drinker, on 29th April at 6.00p.m. (BST).

Alessandro Palazzi, from Duke's Bar, St James's, has created a cocktail based on Absinthe for you to prepare and enjoy during the talk.Here is a videoby Alessandro showing you how to make it.

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We are delighted to announce that we have VIP passes for our members to the FriezeViewing Room which will be accessible to invited audiences fromWednesday, 7 October, and Thursday, 8 Octoberfollowed by a public opening to registered users from 9-16 October. Alongside the gallery presentations, there will beexclusive events and digital programming including museum exhibition walk-throughs and curated conversations.Each invitation allows one guest to enter and grants unlimited access toFriezeViewing Room.

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Sept ‘20

A new campaign for a new age.

Unable as we normally are to hop on a plane and visit our friends and colleagues in St Petersburg we have taken a moment to consider ‘My favourite piece’ from the State Hermitage Collection. This fun Instagram Campaign has already started increasing our following on social media channels and raised awareness of some of the lesser known objects in the collection. The videos can be viewed here on our website (see top of the page) or on our instagram, facebook and youtube channels. Please do ‘follow, like and share’ the posts so we can continue to increase awareness of the museum.

Feb ‘20

Guy Vesey joins HFUK as Executive Director

Guy joins the Foundation from the auction house Phillips where he was most recently Head of Business Development and Marketing. With 15+ years in senior Arts Management positions we are thrilled to have him on board. He joined HFUK in February.

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Feb ‘20

Caroline de Guitaut joins HFUK board of Trustees

Caroline is currently Deputy Surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art at the Royal Collection Trust.

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Jan ‘20 New Social channels

Accelerated somewhat by the Covid-19 crisis we are pleased to launch our YouTube Channel and relaunch our refreshed facebook, Instagram and twitter channels.

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Our Trustees
Read more Dr. Piotrovsky, PresidentJames Dawnay, ChairmanBrian AllenThe Marquess of Cholmondeley Caroline de Guitaut Geraldine Norman, Former Director

Adrian Sassoon Ekaterina Sirakanian Larissa Zelkova
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