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The State Hermitage Museum : Pages from Photographic History


The State Hermitage Museum shows an exhibition of rare and historic photographs from October 12th 2019 to October 11th 2020. The exhibition is the first to be shown in a new space dedicated to photography in the museum’s Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre in St Petersburg and follows the Photograph Conservation Initiative which was launched in the spring of 2010 and which over 5 years established a photographic conservation department at the museum. The Hermitage collection includes more than 80,000 photographs reflecting the art of 19th and early 20th century photographers, and representing the most important milestones of pre-revolutionary Russian photographic art. Its core is formed by the Imperial collections from private libraries and apartments of the Winter Palace, augmented by nationalized collections from St. Petersburg mansions and palaces of notable families including the Bobrinskys, Shuvalovs, Sheremetevs, Yusupovs, Stroganovs and Levashovs. In the 1950s, photographs from the State Museum of the October Revolution were also added to the collection. This exhibition includes approximately 70 items selected from the Department of Russian Culture, almost all of which are shown in...

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