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Add the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, to a growing list of museums, including the Guggenheim and the Louvre, that are launching new satellites from the mother ship. Late last month, during 250th-anniversary celebrations of the Hermitage’s founding by Catherine the Great, the New York architects Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote Architecture signed a contract to design the Hermitage Modern Contemporary, an outpost in Moscow that will draw on the Hermitage’s rich 20th-century art collections and also display new work.

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Opening this weekend at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is the first major one-man exhibition in Japan of Cy Twombly, featuring some 70 drawings, paintings, and monotypes culled from a fifty-year period from 1953 to 2002.

First held in 2003 at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, where the museum’s first non-Russian curator Julie Sylvester organized the exhibit, the show was notable for the way in which the artist himself participated in the selection of the pieces.

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The British Museum is considering three further overseas loans from the Elgin Marbles – but a reluctance to entertain the sculptures’ return to Greece is set to provoke renewed anger in Athens.

Last year the British Museum allowed part of the Marbles to leave the country for the first time when it lent the headless statue of Ilissos, a Greek river god, to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

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For the past few weeks, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been hosting a variety of special events to celebrate its 250th anniversary. Founded in 1764, with an art collection from the Russian Empress Catherine the Great, the Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. The institution’s sprawling collection comprises over three million objects and occupies a complex of historic buildings, including the Baroque Winter Palace, a lavish former residence of Russian emperors.

On Saturday, December 6, the Hermitage projected a colorful 3-D show onto the facade of its General Staff Building, located on St. Petersburg’s popular Palace Embankment. More than half a millions viewers visited the Hermitage to catch a glimpse of the three-hour show, “Dance of History,” which presented a historical overview of the museum.

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Only a quarter of Britons believe that the Elgin Marbles, the ancient sculptures that once decorated the Parthenon temple in Athens, should remain in London's British Museum, according to a poll published Tuesday.

Half of the respondents to the YouGov survey published in the "Times" said the artifacts, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, should be returned to Greece, with a quarter undecided.

But a slim majority backed the museum's controversial decision to loan the works, which were taken from the Parthenon by British diplomat Lord Elgin in 1803, to Russia's State Hermitage Museum.

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Part of the Elgin Marbles has left Britain for the first time since they were taken from the Parthenon in 1803, on loan to a Russian museum, the British Museum said on Friday.

The museum has loaned one of the statues -- taken from Greece by British diplomat Lord Elgin and which Athens has repeatedly demanded be returned -- to Russia's State Hermitage Museum.

The sculpture of the Greek river god Ilissos, a reclining male figure, will be displayed in the St. Petersburg museum from this Saturday until January 18 to celebrate the museum's 250th anniversary.

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Officials at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia announced that the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas will design a freestanding addition to the institution’s existing structure. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, the Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world.

Koolhaas, a Pritzker Prize winner, has designed Portugal’s Casa de Música, the Seattle Central Library and Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He has worked with the Hermitage for over a decade and designed the fleeting Hermitage Guggenheim in Las Vegas in the early 2000s. Koolhaas has been working with the Hermitage’s director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, since 2008 on a rearrangement of the museum’s existing interior. That project is expected to conclude in 2014 and will coincide with the museum’s 250th anniversary.

The Hermitage’s new building will be located outside of St. Petersburg’s historic center. Contemporary architecture is banned from the area so to preserve the unity of the city’s aesthetic. The Koolhaas-designed structure will include a library, costume museum, a publishing house and various public spaces.  

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Monday, 10 June 2013 18:29

Art Antiques London Opens this Week

The fourth edition of Art Antiques London will open on June 13, 2013 at Kensington Gardens in London. The show attracts collectors, curators, and exhibitors from across the globe and presents everything from furniture, paintings, and jewelry to sculpture, ceramics, and silver. This year, Art Antiques London is happy to welcome a number of new international exhibitors including Roell Fine Art (The Netherlands), Sabbadini (Italy), and Christopher Perles (France).

The fair, which is held through June 19, 2013, includes a private viewing on June 12, a collectors’ dinner on June 13, and a lecture series, which will feature a talk on Russian Imperial porcelain and sculptures led by Dr. Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, the curator of Russian porcelain at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Russia.  

Art Antiques London is organized by Haughton International Fairs. For more information visit

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