HEAVEN ON EARTH — ISLAMIC ART FROM THE HERMITAGE AND
THE KHALILI COLLECTION:
March 25 to August 22, 2004.
This exhibition of 120 works of art from Islamic lands is the most significant exhibition of its kind in London since the “Festival of Islam” at the Hayward Gallery in 1976. The theme is expressed by the famous hadith: “Verily, God is beautiful and loves all beauty”. Islamic art has its roots in the artistic traditions of Syria, Mesopotamia and Iran. The exhibition includes masterpieces representing the decorative arts of Islam — calligraphy, textiles, jewels, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, ranging in date from the 9th to 19th century and covering an area stretching from Spain and the Arab world to Persia and the Indian subcontinent.
The first gallery contains manuscripts of the Koran, woven prayer rugs and tile panels with rich arabesque decoration. The corridor of the Hermitage Rooms is hung with framed miniatures from Persian religious and secular manuscripts of the16th and17th centuries.
The adjacent galleries have art created for palaces and famous jewels from the Mughal treasury sent as a diplomatic gift to the Princess (later Empress) Elizabeth of Russia by Nadir Shah.
The last gallery presents a 10th century rock crystal lamp carried off by the Crusaders and mounted in gold and enamels in Italy in the 16th century along-side sabers, daggers and other arms richly embellished with jewels. These wonders are complemented by oil paintings of Qajar rulers wearing such arms and by paintings of ladies of their courts.
For information e-mail: [email protected]
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Gold Pendant Disc with Head of Athena (one of a pair)
This exhibition puts on display articles of Greek jewellery dating from the 6th to 2nd centuries B.C., from the Hermitage collections.
The visitor will gain an appreciation for how the decorative items were made, how diverse they are, and how fashions in jewellery changed over the course of nearly five centuries.
One half of the exhibit consists of purchases, donations and items from private collections. The other half, which contains famous masterpieces of the ancient art of jewellery making, comes from archeological finds made during excavations of burial mounds and necropolises just outside Greek cities on the Black Sea Northern Littoral.
The discovery of the Kul-Oba burial mound (kurgan) near Kerch in 1830 awakened the interest of Russia's educated public in the area of the North shore of the Black Sea. Among the masterpieces of this collection are earrings dating from the 4th century B.C. that come from Kul- Oba. Decorated with very fine beading and filigree — with two figures representing the goddess Nike, they are excellent examples of the work of miniaturists There are only 14 known pairs and single earrings of this “luxurious style” in the world, and seven of these are in the Hermitage collection!
One can trace the basic directions in which Greek art jewellery-making developed — from smooth surfaces with matte beading to expressive drawings of filigree ornamentation in combination with fine beading. A remarkable example of this style is the necklace found in the Bolshaya Bliznitsa burial mound in Taman.
During the age of Hellenism, following the campaigns of Alexander of Macedon, a new style emerged which had as its main distinguishing feature polychrome — decorations with coloured stones, enamel andglass — with gold playing a subordinate role.
This exceptional exhibition opens the new “Hermitage on the Amstel” museum and is well worth a visit.
For information and address: e-mail: [email protected]
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The three lectures on 19th and 20th century Russian literature, given by members of the University of Toronto Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, were outstanding in illustrating how our understanding of the Russian people came through its writers. Disabused of certain mythologies, we discovered the manner in which foreign influences shaped the psychology of Russian writers and their readers. As well, we were made aware of the folk sources in their stories, and the conditions under which the literary intelligentsia lived. Our knowledge of Russian literature was expanded in illuminating and often profoundly moving ways.
A dozen eager students formed our Russian language class, struggling with the mysteries of reading and writing Russian. They learned to recognize 100 words and to converse in simple phrases. The classes left them not only better prepared to go to Russia, but also, with a desire to pursue their studies further.
Toronto Chapter members were treated to yet another aspect of Russian culture in the tour, given by Dr. Dawn Cain, of the icon collection at the University of Toronto's Art Centre.
Please note the change of date and location for the May Music Series “Great Russian Pianists” with Rick Phillips:
Monday May 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. Sergei Rachmaninov
Monday May 10th @ 7:00 p.m. Vladimir Horowitz
Monday May 17th @ 7:00 p.m. Sviatoslav Richter
Women's Art Association Gallery,
23 Prince Arthur St. Toronto.
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage
Tel: (416) 979-0932
e-mail: [email protected]
In keeping with the education mandate of the Canadian Friends of the Hermitage, a presentation on the breadth and depth of the Hermitage Museum collections has been developed by art historian Susan Marcus. Susan has given the lecture to The Fabulous Friday's Adventures in Art at the L.I.F.E. Institute of Ryerson University. The State Hermitage Museum Foundation's Vice President, Bill Humphries, also presented the material to a recent University of Toronto Alumni dinner. Toronto Chapter would welcome any opportunity to present this very interesting lecture on The Hermitage: Its History and its Art to your organization.
The planning of the 2004-2005 Toronto lecture series is now nearly complete. The focus will be on the next exhibition coming from the State Hermitage Museum to the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Fall of 2005 — which currently has the working title of — Catherine the Great: Empress of the Enlightenment
Scholars in the visual arts, music and history will enlighten us with their specialized knowledge as we anticipate yet another display of the riches of the Hermitage collection.
We are pleased to announce that The Women's Art Association Gallery at 23 Prince Arthur Street, Toronto, will be the site for all of our lectures.
Once again, a brochure outlining the lectures will be distributed to a wide community of art lovers.
Contact the Friends Toronto Chapter at the phone number and e-mail address shown above.
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A new season begins and the Montreal Chapter committee members have been hard at work preparing interesting activities where members can get together and learn more about the fascinating history of the State Hermitage Museum and its collections.
The year 2004 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad, an historic turning point of the Second World War. The story of the Siege, and particularly of the ordeal suffered by the Hermitage, and its staff during those fateful 900 days, is epic and full of drama, intrigue, heroism and romance.
To commemorate this event we invite all Canadian Friends of the Hermitage, and all their friends, to join us for a lecture followed by a cocktail reception on May 18th, 2004, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the home of the Consul General of the Russian Federation, at 3685 avenue du Musée in Montreal. This event is being held under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General, Mr. Igor Golubovskiy, and his wife, Mrs. Tatyana Golubovskaya.
The evening will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. with a lecture by Professor Valentin Boss, Harvard graduate and professor of Russian history at McGill University. Professor Boss is well known for his spellbinding accounts of Russian historical events, and he will focus on the 900 day assault on Leningrad by Nazi troops, and the terrible effect on the Hermitage buildings and on its priceless works of art.
The reception that follows will provide an opportunity for more discussion and camaraderie in the setting of one of Montreal's loveliest old homes.
Tickets are free to Canadian Friends of the Hermitage members.
Anyone wishing to renew their membership or to join the Friends can fill out an application at the door. The entry fee for this event will be waived and applicants will be provided with a copy of the beautiful Hermitage Magazine ($12.95 retail value).
Non-members may purchase tickets at the door for $20.00 per person. Reservations are required, so please confirm your attendance by May 14th, 2004. Call Yvonne Zacios at (514) 694-5933 or e-mail [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you there.
To make your experience more enjoyable, we suggest you may want to learn a few basic phrases in Russian and become familiar with the Russian alphabet.
Mrs. Fania Hilelson Jivotovsky, formerly Assistant Professor, Russian language at the University of New Mexico and Chargé de cours, Russian language at the Université de Montréal, is offering a series of 6 beginner level courses for small groups at a cost of $50.00 per person for the series.
The date and time of the course will depend on interest expressed. Please contact Mrs. Fania Jivotovsky at (514) 288-1896.
Join us as we learn more about the rich and colourful culture of the Russian Federation
You can reach the Montreal Chapter at:
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage,
c/o Montréal Museum of Fine Arts,
P.O. Box 3000, Station H,
Montréal, QC H3G 2T9
Tel: (514) 288-1896
e-mail: [email protected]
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Bal de Printemps
May 14, 2004
1170, chemin Aylmer, Aylmer, QC
(1 km west of the Champlain Bridge)
Cocktails and Zakuski Buffet @ 7:00 p.m.
Dinner à la Russe @ 8:30 p.m.
Dancing to the Ambassadors' Orchestra until 2 a.m.
Will include a silent auction
Tickets $95.00 — Students and Seniors $75.00
(No unpaid reservations, refunds or tickets at the door)
Ottawa - Alla Adrianov-Ivask (613) 823-1085 ([email protected])
Toronto - George Skok (416) 483-2441 (g[email protected])
Russian Food Fest
June 11th to June 19th
965 Richmond Road, Ottawa
west of Holland Avenue
A week of fun and food with a Russian Theme
Blinis, Chicken Tabak,Stroganoff, Veal Orlov
Russian Music and a sumptuous Sunday Brunch!
Come and celebrate in the Capital!
Reservations: (613) 725-3481
credit and debit cards accepted
NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
September 22nd and 23rd, 2004
Concert — Russian Composers
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Pinchas Zukerman — Conductor
Jon Kimura Parker — Piano
Tickets available at the NAC Box Office or TicketMaster (613) 755-1111
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CARLETON UNIVERSITY
LEARNING IN RETIREMENT PROGRAMME
THE CANADIAN FRIENDS OF THE HERMITAGE PRESENT
September 9th, 2004
Professor Alan Gillmor
Engineers of Human Souls: A Soviet Artist's Creative Reply to Just Criticism
The lecture will undertake an examination of Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 (1937) in the context of Soviet Socialist Realism. This illustrated lecture will provide an overview of the political-aesthetic theory of Socialist Realism followed by a discussion of this most popular of Shostakovich's fifteen symphonies which will be the showpiece of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert.
Extra Event! October 4th, 2004
National Art Centre:
The Friends are working with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra on their 2004/05 season opener “The St. Petersburg Concert”.
As well as Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, the all Russian programme will also include the March and Scherzo from the Love of Three Oranges by Prokofiev as well as Symphony in C by Stravinsky. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. Georgiy Mamedov will host a reception after the concert.
October 1st, 2004
Professor Michael Gnarowski
Modernism and the Russian Revolution: Anna Akhmatova and her tragic circle
See the Russian Revolution through the eyes of — some would say — the greatest poetess in the history of Western culture. Two husbands were murdered and her beloved son was imprisoned in a Siberian Gulag,, yet she survived against all odds. Here is her story.
October 15th, 2004
Angela Marcus M.A.
Portraits and their Painters from the Hermitage Collections
Portraits never fail to fascinate. Some of the portrait subjects included in this talk were makers of world history. Others, some unnamed, were part of social or cultural history. Still others, such as Caravaggio's “The Lute Player” (1596) and Thomas Gainsborough's “Portrait of a Lady” (1770) are icons of each master's style. Together with other major artists included in this talk, they made a contribution to the evolution of art history.
October 29th, 2004
Professor Douglas Clayton
A French Ghost in the Hermitage: Sakurov & the Marquis de Custine
In 1839, the French writer, Astolphe de Custine, visited Russia. His book “La Russie en 1839” caused a furor when it appeared some four years later. Only at the end of the twentieth century, however, was his book finally translated into Russian........
November 12, 2004
Professor Larry Black
The Putin Revolution
In the West, pundits often call Putin's Russia a “managed democracy” and focus on its dark side. But, Putin is the first truly popular leader since....time immemorial. Both views warrant a reality check. This is it!
November 26th, 2004
Professor Don Westwood
The Origins of Russian Architecture
The towns along the principal rivers of Russia — known as the Waterways of the Czars — are 900 years old. Many have vast wooden monasteries, churches and kremlins made entirely of wood. The most famous of these is the 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi island — a world heritage site. How did ancient wooden architecture survive the centuries and what contribution has building in wood made to Russian architecture, and all architecture in general? (this lecture will echo the wonderful sights on the 2004 Friends Tour - see back page)
All lectures will be held in the Leeds Residence - Room
124 - Carleton University
The lectures are from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
For members, the lectures are $60.00 for the series or $10.00 each
For non-members, the lectures are $72.00 for the series or $12.00 each
A special rate of $18.00 parking has been arranged in an adjacent parking lot for those who sign up for the whole series
Register by sending your cheque to the Canadian Friends of the Hermitage,
1500 Bank Street, Suite 302, Ottawa, Ontario. K1H 1B8
(Don't forget to add a total of $18.00 if you sign up for the series and you require parking. There will be no payment at the door. Seats will be on a first come first served basis so please sign up early. Please indicate clearly which lecture(s) you will attend. Confirmation of registration and a parking pass will be mailed to you)
The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Concert and Reception tickets will be available a month before the Concert at the National Arts Centre Box Office
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The British Department of Education and Skills hopes its new Global Gateway Web site will serve as a kind of international “dating agency” enabling schools to link up with others worldwide. Eighteen countries have agreed to participate in the project, with more expected
Visit www.globalgateway.org.uk for more information on this exciting new project!
A kit about the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is now available FREE OF CHARGE from the Canadian Friends of the Hermitage. This kit has been designed to be borrowed and used by high schools.
The Hermitage Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of art - over three million paintings and other precious objects. The Museum’s permanent collection occupies three hundred rooms in the architectural complex that centres on the former Winter Palace of the Czars.
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage are committed to educating young Canadians about this magnificent global resource. The kit focuses on 15th century to early 20th century Western paintings in the Museum’s collection. Works included in the kit have been specifically chosen to relate to the Ontario senior high school visual art curriculum.
Also available (for classroom use only) are full colour reference books. On request, knowledgeable speakers are available to introduce the topic and the contents of the kit to you and your students.
Canadian Friends of the Hermitage.
tel: (613) 569-3715
Fax: (613) 569-3043
e-mail: [email protected]
The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage School Programme is being advertised within the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) network. This exerpt from the CAIS newsletter, demonstrates a keen interest for the Friends Education Kit among the 72 CAIS schools across Canada. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with CAIS. Webpage www.cais.ca
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This is the web site of Moscow’s leading English-language newspaper. It contains a very useful Travel Guide which is helpful when researching trips.
This is mainly of interest to those concerned with business developments
This contains an enormous amount of information. One must first click on Europe and then to Russia and you’re off!
Click on US/world and then select Russia. Loads of information.
Very colourful home page! Click on "List of Lists" where one can find anything from maps of Russian subways, railways and trams to translations of Russian literature!
The Hermitage: a Biography of a great Museum by Geraldine Norman 1997 - Published by Jonathan Cape. Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW IV 2SA. Can be ordered from the Hermitage website at www.hermitage.ru.
The Russian’s World: Life and Language by Genevra Gerhart - second edition, published in 1995 by Holt,Rinehart and Winston, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, Fort Worth.
From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians by Yale Richmond, revised and up-dated edition. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1996.
The New Russians by Hedrick Smith, New York. Random House 1990.
Letters from Moscow by Landon Pearson. Geoffrey Pearson, husand of the author was the Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1980-83. A poignant account of life in the USSR during its waning years. 256 pages - $29.95 hardcover Available from Penumbra Press at www.penumbrapress.ca.Tel: (613) 692-5590
Quebec City — March 16, 2004
The Honorable Héléne Chalifour Scherrer, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Igor L. Golubovsky, Consul General of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada, officially launched the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) exhibit called
“Horizons: Canadian and Russian Landscape Painting (1860-1940)” at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
“The virtual Museum of Canada invites Canadians to explore Russian culture while rediscovering the talent of Canadian artists” said Madame Chalifour Scherrer, “In addition to presenting landscapes typical of both countries, the displayed works will promote a better understanding of the historical factors, values and characteristics that have influenced our culture”.
“This is a remarkable event in Russian-Canadian cultural relations, which gives the peoples of both our countries the chance to learn more about each other, and to gain spiritually through intercultural exchanges” declared His Excellency Georgiy Mamedov, Ambassador to Canada from the Russian Federation.
The unique exhibit comprises 250 paintings as well as photographs, drawings, details of images, and biographies of more than 120 Canadian and Russian artists. The exhibit is the result of a unprecedented year-long collaboration among 14 museums in Canada and Russia.
The Exhibit is featured at www.virtualmuseum.ca
in English, French and Russian versions
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WATERWAYS OF THE CZARS TOUR
Join our convivial group of Friends on a leisurely tour designed to explore the historic waterways between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Fascinating is the architecture in the ancient villages and towns with monastries, churches, and kremlins often dating back centuries. Kizhi Island with its renowned wooden buildings, including the 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration, is a World Heritage Site.
On board the “Tikhy Don”, our river ship, enjoy lectures on Russian culture, music with entertainment during the evenings in the salons. As we travel, the ever-changing vistas and the lovely sunsets will delight photographers.
In addition to all our on-board meals and excursions at each port-of-call — including Moscow and St. Petersburg — you will have the opportunity to take advantage of optional theatre, ballet, concerts or perhaps the famous Moscow Circus.
NEW - ADDITIONAL CABIN CHOICE
DON'T WAIT - SPACE IS LIMITED
Contact - Jean Sheikh Tel: (613) 236-5555