The Hermitage versus the Louvre

Christmas tree on the Palace SquareThe Hermitage has more fans in social networks than the Louvre

Tours in Saint-Petersburg, December 2012. The Hermitage museum is more popular than the French

Louvre in social networks, stated the head of the Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg Mikhail


According to the director of the museum Piotrovsky, the number of registered users in social

networks is one of the defining criteria of popularity in the society. "Three days ago we had more

visitors than the Louvre, it's very nice," said Piotrovsky.

Revival of lost heritage

Works on the recreation of the Saviour Church on Sennaya Square (the

Assumption church of the Mother of God) in St. Petersburg are scheduled for 2014,

stated the Chairman of the Committee on State Control, Use and Protection of

Historical and Cultural Landmarks. It’s also considered to be the most important

architectural event. The recreation of the lost church will begin from the basement.

In 2011 there began an active development of the project of the Assumption

church on Sennaya Square.

Free entry to the museums of St. Petersburg

1. The Hermitage museum is one of the most famous museums in the world that also used to be

the main residence of the Russian Tsars (the Winter Palace in particular).
The museum's collections

count about 3 million items, among them paintings, drawings, sculpture and works of applied art,

archaeological finds and numismatic material.


Free admission to the museum: first Thursday of every month

Location: St. Petersburg, Palace Square, 2.


Masterpieces of 20th-century Art from the Albertina Collection

"Masterpieces of Twentieth-Century Art from the Albertina Collection"

in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

until January 12, 2014

Fifty five paintings and graphic works by leading Western European artists of the 20th century are on display. The range of exhibited works covers the period from Cubism to Constructivism, and the special emphasis is placed on Expressionism and The School of Paris.

The Albertina is one of the oldest museums in Austria. Its collections include drawings and prints from the late Middle Ages to the present.

The basis of the Hermitage exhibition goes to the famous works performed by Expressionist art associations such as "Die Brücke" and "Der Blaue Reiter".

The Art of Expressionism sought to convey the emotional state of the artist, his keen perception of reality, the immediate reaction to the events of today.

Key works by Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger and Pablo Picasso enrich the wide exhibition of Expressionism. Equally important are the paintings of the artists who worked in France. Close to the Expressionism were Chaim Soutine, Georges Rouault, Amedeo Modigliani .

The exhibition of the "20th century masterpieces from the collection of the Albertina museum" marks the beginning of Russian-Austrian cultural seasons in 2013-2014.

100 Years of Suprematism

"Kazimir Malevich: Before and After the Square" runs through mid-February in the Benois Wing of the Russian Museum


Follow the evolution of the artistic career of one of the most enigmatic artists of the 20th century from God to Man. The Russian Museum has the world’s largest collection of works by Kazimir Malevich (101), including the groundbreaking “Black Square”. The organizers of the exhibition offer to trace the path of Malevich towards the "Black Square" and from it.


The exhibition “Kazimir Malevich: Before and After the Squar” is also accompanied by a rare screening of the opera buffa “Victory Over the Sun” where the costumes are based on Malevich’s original sketches.