​The Hermitage Foundation UK

​The Hermitage Foundation UK

Charity information

​The Hermitage Foundation UK

The Friends are a support group dedicated to working outside Russia for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and promoting the Hermitage and Russian culture abroad.

Our special focus at the present time is support for the ‘Hermitage 20/21’ project, an ambitious scheme to extend the display of 20th century Western art and put high profile contemporary work on view in the Hermitage. The museum already owns some great masterpieces of the 20th century – Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Malevich – but the collection has very little created after 1917 when Soviet Russia stopped buying in the West.

Our other special interests include: the renovation of the Islamic galleries and support of the Islamic collection, art history courses by Hermitage instructors for Russian children living in London, a travel service for members of the international Hermitage Friends Club. We also help run an annual fundraising banquet in the Winter Palace every June.

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