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The Unique Exhibition of Hermitage Items Opened to the Public in Ekaterinburg



The exhibition "To the Memory of the Past for the Future. Post-War Gift of the Hermitage to the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts" opened in our city. It is timed to the 80th anniversary of Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (EMFA) and to the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of the Hermitage in Sverdlovsk.

During the period from the 30th of July, 1941 to the 7th of October, 1945 many exhibits from the State Hermitage Museum collections were stored in Ekaterinburg. After the war in appreciation of Museum of Fine Arts the Hermitage donated to it 229 exhibits: western European paintings, ancient ceramics, glass, sculptures, decorative applied art, black-and-white art, porcelain, bronze, furniture, coronation books. These items previously have neverbeen exhibited in public.

The exhibition will feature brilliant artworks;creaturenecessaries, reflecting the time; symbolic and historical objects;items, connected with diplomacy. Subsequently, the exhibition will beсome permanent. Impressive restoration craftsmanship and huge work on attribution to determine the authorship of paintings and sculptures were accomplished. Each section of exhibition has its own curator, and the whole staff of the Museum and all its services had put back into work on the exhibition. The Museum refused to divide the art forms while preparing the exposition.It used the Hermitage principle: paintings, porcelain and the furniture of the same time period should be exhibited together.

EMFA staff membersjustlycall this exhibition "visualoverall history of art".

In the future it is planned to launch the Hermitage lecture-hall, where the representatives of the Hermitage will communicate with all judges of art.

The exhibition "To the Memory of the Past for the Future..." is one of several steps to the opening of the exhibition centre "Hermitage - Urals", which is scheduled for 2018. Such centres exist in Kazan, Vyborg and Amsterdam. The choice of Ekaterinburg as a place where a culture centre "Hermitage - Urals"will be opened, was defined primarily by the fact that the State Hermitage Museum is connected with our city by long-time "blood ties". The Hermitage collections were saved and preserved here during the Great Patrotic War, here theresidents of Leningrad with their childrensurvived the siege of their city. The centre "Hermitage-Urals" will become a multifunctional cultural institution. Lectures, educational and methodological work will be organized there in addition to the exhibitions. This center will give the residents and the guests of Ekaterinburg the opportunity to get acquainted with the art resources of the Hermitage.

Ekaterinburg, 5 Voyevodina St., Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts

The exhibition "To the Memory of the Past for the Future. Post-War Gift of the Hermitage to the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts" is open till the 2nd of October, 2016