Friday, September 22, 2017

Yekaterinburg officials discuss possibility for State Hermitage branch

Yekaterinburg administrative head Alexander Yakob met with representatives from the State Hermitage Museum on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of opening a subsidiary museum in Yekaterinburg.

Yekaterinburg Culture Department head Tatiana Yaroshevskaya and Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum Director Nikita Korytin participated in Tuesday's meeting alongside State Hermitage Museum representatives Alexei Bogdanov and Mikhail Dedinkin, according to Ural Business Consulting.

World War II-era paintings comprise the majority of the pieces in the Hermitage Museum's collection to be displayed at the potential Yekaterinburg branch. The collections were stored at the Sverdlovsk Art Gallery on July 9, 1941, after arriving by train from Leningrad. In total, 1,422 boxes containing 700,000 paintings remain unseen by the public since 1941.

"All the masterpieces went back to Leningrad in October 1945," a statement from the city council said, Ural Business Consulting reports. "To thank the gallery for saving its treasures, the Hermitage presented Sverdlovsk Art Gallery with 27 canvasses, five sculptures and 84 pieces of furniture, porcelain and bronze exhibits in 1946 and 1949."