We are delighted to bring you the second edition of the Hermitage Magazine, just one of the many benefits you receive with your Canadian Friends of the Hermitage membership. It seems timely to outline the increased benefits offered our members.
Under the Honorary Chairmanship of Her Excellency, the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General of Canada — and in the company of the distinguished Canadians who form The State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada Inc., you participate — through your membership fee — in large-scale projects at The Hermitage that are recognized internationally as Canada's contribution to the preservation of the works of one of the world's most important museums.
If you are travelling to St. Petersburg, we give you a Hermitage Access Card that provides free entry, without queuing, to The Museum, The Menshikov Palace (which is affiliated with The Hermitage) and the newly opened General Staff Building destined to be the Musée d'Orsay of St. Petersburg (see below); to special tours of the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory with its 30,000 exhibits and to the newly opened Staraya Derevnya restoration complex — a state of the art storage facility which houses most of The Museum's furniture, carriages, archaeological exhibits and Western European paintings. As well, The Friends are invited to special events such as exhibition previews and concerts in The Hermitage Theatre; to discounts in the onsite museum shops, kiosks and the internet e-shop; and, The Friends are welcome to use the new internet café in the Rastrelli Gallery of The Winter Palace, at discounted rates.
In Canada, your membership card gives you entry — usually free or at a discount — to special activities and events such as lectures, dinners, concerts, Embassy parties, invitations to exhibition openings, field trips, and participation in a Russian study group. We have a School Programme which introduces young people to the riches of the Hermitage collections and scholarships that provide annual travel grants between The Hermitage and Canadian art institutions to both Canadian and Russian students, as well as opportunities for Art History and Museum Studies students. There is an annual Tour to Russia with exclusive entry to The Museum on Mondays when it is closed to the public. The Foundation is also responsible for a series of important exhibitions from The Hermitage, the first two of which broke attendance records in Toronto and Montreal.
And finally, The Friends' newsletter "The Bulletin" will keep you abreast of all these activities at The Hermitage and at home.
You will find an article related to this subject on page 73 of the Hermitage Magazine - 2nd Edition
For information on how to acquire your Hermitage Access
Card please contact:
The Membership Office
Phone: (613) 236-1116
Fax: (613) 236-6570
E-mail: [email protected]
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The ArtNewspaper.com recently carried an article of special interest to the Canadian Friends. It referenced a speech made recently by Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage Museum outlining his plans for The Museum over the coming decade.
Dr. Piotrovsky emphasized that one of his main objectives is improving public access to The Hermitage's vast collections. Currently only five percent of The Museum's holdings are on display. Work continues on the "Greater Hermitage" project, which will renovate the 19th century General Staff Building across Palace Square from The Winter Palace. The total renovation will cost $150 million over the next 10 years and will increase display space by 40,000 square metres. Funds will come from private sponsors, the World Bank and revenues from exhibitions abroad, as well as funding from the Government of the Russian Federation.
The Hermitage is also trying to raise $50 million to build the second phase of its modern restoration facility located in a separate district of St. Petersburg. Some of The Museum's large carriage collection along with unique archeological artifacts will be housed in the restoration complex, parts of which will be open to the public.
Dr. Piotrovsky also emphasized that another important task for The Museum is to continue its development of the institution's website. There is already available a substantial digital library of works of art and the goal is to make a complete electronic inventory of the museum's collection of three million works. The cost of this project is estimated to be $15 million. (This is the project that The State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada Inc., is working on with generous contributions from Canadians across the country).
The Director aims to reduce his reliance on government funding by finding alternative income sources to enable the Museum to develop more independently. After all, "The Hermitage is not and never has been a Russian Museum. It is an international museum, a museum of all the world, and it should be open to all the world" said Dr. Piotrovsky. The main goal of the Hermitage's ten year plan is scholarship. "Do not forget that, without research, the Hermitage, or any museum, would go to ruin" he said. Over the next decade, The Museum hopes to spend $30 million on research and publications.
Bob Kaszanits, the President of The State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada Inc., when asked for a comment, said, "The article shows that the Foundation's work is firmly grounded in the vision and priorities of the Hermitage. Our proactive exhibition programme and the Collection Inventory Project place us strategically front and centre with The Museum's activities over the next ten years".
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The Montreal Chapter has a new President!
The former President, Ethel Kesler has graciously accepted the position of honorary chairman of the Montreal Chapter and Yvonne Zacios has accepted the presidency of the Chapter, effective January 1st, 2004. Dr. Sean Murphy continues to represent The State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada Inc., in Montreal, and acts as liaison between the Montreal Chapter and the Foundation.
Yvonne has been involved for many years with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and is the Vice President of their volunteer organization's Cultural Tours Committee. Yvonne is a business woman with years of experience and The Canadian Friends are very pleased to have her join us in an executive capacity.
The Montreal Chapter is now hard at work preparing a new season of events and programmes designed to further awareness of the artistic and cultural treasures of the Hermitage Museum. This year has particular importance as it marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the 900 day siege of Leningrad that raged from 8 September 1941 to 27 January 1944. One third of the population of "Peter's city" died, more than half from starvation, and yet the city survived and today is once again "the Venice of the North".
The Montreal committee members are: Professor Paul Austin, Catherine Basham, Hope Boland, Lise Dubé, Dr. Clarence Epstein, John Felvinci, Sheila Goldbloom, Nancy Grayson, Joan Ivory, Fania Jivotovsky, Saretta Levitan, Tamara Lieven, Betty Maldoff, Karys Marcus, Gavin Ross, Emilita Taylor and Lillian Trudel. Please contact them at:
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage
c/o Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
P.O. Box 3000, Station H,
Montreal, QC H3G 2T9
Phone: (514) 288-1896
e-Mail: [email protected]
We remind all our Montreal Friends to keep their membership current so they will continue to receive exciting news on upcoming events. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
During the siege, the magnificent architectural complex of the Hermitage was repeatedly hit by shells and bombs. It remained standing, though its 2,300 windows, some five acres of glass, were shattered and boarded up. The cream of the Hermitage collections spent the war years safe in the Ural Mountains and this magnificent museum miraculously returned to life 8 November 1944 with an exhibition of art works that had not been evacuated. And on 4 November 1945, the first sixty-eight rooms of the museum restored to their former glory and filled with their former collections, were opened to the public. Despite the dangers associated with packing over a million objects and sending them 1,500 miles by train during wartime, despite the bombs, ice and floods that threatened the works of art that were left behind, very little of the collection was lost.
paraphrased from "THE HERMITAGE - THE BIOGRAPHY OF A GREAT MUSEUM" written by Geraldine Norman
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Conversational Russian for those planning a trip to Russia
teacher: Fred Schulz - a Toronto Board of Education Educator for 35 years
Six Lessons: Monday, February 16th, 2004 - 2:00 to 3:30 - through March 22, 2004.
Location: SPRINT (Senior People's Resources in North Toronto), 140 Merton Street, 2nd Floor.
Cost: Members $50.00 Non-members $60.00
A tour of Greek and Russian icons by Dawn Cain, Ph.D.,
curator of Malcove Collection, University of Toronto Art Centre. Talk to be
followed by afternoon tea.
Tuesday April 6th, 2004 - 2:00 p.m. University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King's College Circle North wing of University College.
Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m
Professor Donna Orwin
The coming of Age of Russian Psychological Prose: The 19th Century
Tuesday March 02, 7:00 p.m.
Professor Leonid Livak
The Reinvention of the World: Russian Modernism and the Avant Garde
Tuesday March 23, 7:00 p.m.
Professor Kenneth Lantz
Writers in Prison: Literature of the Gulag
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures,
University of Toronto
121 St. Joseph Street. 4th floor
A reading list is available.
Overflow registration of lectures has meant a change of date (one day earlier than in the previous listing) and a new location.
The music lectures are now held on Monday evenings at 7:00 at the Women's Art Association Gallery, 23 Prince Arthur Street.
Monday May 3 2004
Monday May 10 2004
Monday May 17 2004
Members: $55.00 per series Non-Members: $60.00 per series
TO ORDER TICKETS: Send cheque payable to:
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage, 50 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L4, Telephone (416) 979-0932 e-mail: [email protected]
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The "Friends' Netlink" Project
Do you have an e-mail address? Have you provided us with it?
We would very much like to set up an interactive NetLink among the Friends' members. There are often things we would like to tell you, but the cost of a mailout to all members for a single information item would be prohibitive. The Bulletin is published three or four times a year and to augment that news, we plan to set up an e-mail "bulletin board" to transmit information to you as it happens.
We will call over the next several months to update your information. We have e-mail addresses for approximately 50% of our members, with the largest number in the Ottawa Branch. You may have acquired e-mail or changed your e-address since submitting your original membership documents, so please take a moment to send it in!
You can provide us with your e-mail address at [email protected]
An Evening of Russian Song
Sat. March 27/04 @7:30p.m.
The National Office and Ottawa Branch
To facilitate administration of the joint Ottawa operation and to provide you with better service, we have moved the office - our new postal address is:
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage,
1500 Bank Street, Suite 302,
The phone numbers remain the same:
(613) 236-1116 or Toll Free 1-866-380-6945.
The fax number has changed: (613) 236-6570.
Our e-mail address remains: [email protected]
2004 Public Programming
Ottawa is in the planning stages of an exciting programme for
2004. In the works are:
a Fall lecture series, a dinner, a lunch, an embassy event in association with our Montreal Chapter, a couple of "armchair traveller" evenings and a joint project with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO).
The October 4, 2004, OSO season opener at the National Art
Centre will be The St. Petersburg Concert featuring works by Prokofiev,
Stravinsky as well as Shostakovich's Symphony #5.
There will be a reception after the concert under the patronage of the Russian Ambassador Giorgiy Mamedov.
It promises to be a wonderful evening!
Watch for details in upcoming Bulletins.
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The Waterways of the Czars 2004 Tour is Filling Up Quickly!
Experience the history and culture of old Russia as we cruise the canals, lakes and rivers linking Russia's two imperial cities. Historic Moscow, with medieval to modern landmarks, is a capital with a soul! In comfort, from our ship, view the ever changing panorama that has inspired generations of poets, artists and composers. Visit gilded domed monasteries holding treasures once hidden, quaint villages, with decorative wooden architecture, to Golden Ring towns. Marvel at the grandeur of St.Petersburg, a UNESCO Heritage Site and the capital of Peter the Great - his "Window on the West".
A privilege for Canadian Friends of the Hermitage is our day at The State Hermitage Museum when it is closed to the public. View the vast treasures of the Czars.
Moscow, Uglich, Kostroma,Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi Island, Mandrogi or Svirstroy, St. Petersburg.
The M/S Tikhy Don was built in Germany, in 1988 and reburbished in 2001. It is a four deck vessel with bars, restaurant, music and hair salons and a laundry. The comfortably furnished Junior Suite outside cabins have a large picture window, A/C, private bathrooms and there is a small fridge and TV.
The Tour Cost
$5,339.00 CDN per person in shared cabin. Single supplement is $1,195.00
Due to limited space, we recommend that you register and make your initial deposit of $1,000.00 immediately. At the time of registration a cheque for the balance post-dated to June, 28th, 2004, is also required.
This is a unique tour for the benefit of the Canadian Friends of the Hermitage. If you are not currently a member please request an application form from Executive World Wide Travel: (613) 236-5555 FAX: (613) 236-6280 or TOLL FREE: 1-800-267-5552
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