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Hermitage Museum is coming to Venice

Museum extends Italian partnership for another five years

Grigory Grigoriyevich Gagarins' watercolour Gondola Race on the Canal in Venice, 1830s. Photo: courtesy Hermitage Museum

Mikhail Piotrovsky, the general director of the State Hermitage Museum and Giorgio Orsoni, the mayor of Venice, have signed an agreement to open a cultural and research centre in Venice. The memorandum extends for another five years an existing “Hermitage-Italy” cooperation scheme that has been in effect since 2007, and has resulted in joint exhibitions, conferences and publications.

According to a statement released by the Hermitage, the new deal includes a “more detailed cataloguing of the Italian art collection in the Hermitage”, an exchange of experts, and exhibitions in Venice of works from the Hermitage “with the possible participation of other Russian and world museums”. The museum plans to open an office on St Mark’s Square, and have accommodations for visiting scholars on the island of Giudecca.

The Hermitage’s previous base in Italy was in the northern city of Ferrara, which was hit by a major earthquake in May 2012.

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