Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hermitage Museum to open satellite branch in Yekaterinburg

In honor of its 250th anniversary, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg plans to open branches in several Russian cities, including Yekaterinburg.

The museum also plans to open satellite branches in Rostov-on-Don, Vladivostok, Omsk and possibly Kaliningrad and Moscow, Russia Beyond the Headlines reports.

The anniversary will also be celebrated by the Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York. The organization has received donations for the Hermitage contemporary art collection, which will include a Sol Lewitt installation in December 2014.

The possibility of a new branch of the museum in the U.S. has been discussed, but it would not be possible without the lifting of an art embargo that currently exists between the U.S. and Russia, according to Russia Beyond the Headlines.

The embargo issue will be addressed at a 2014 symposium in Washington, D.C., titled "Art Without Borders."

The Hermitage came into existence through the patronage of Catherine the Great. Today, the State Hermitage Museum holds a collection of around three million works.