August 8, 2006 |
The arrest of the son and husband of a late museum curator suspected of involvement in the theft of items from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has focused attention on the appallingly lax security and record keeping that has become so common at many of that country's cash-strapped museums since the 1991 Soviet collapse.
August 4, 2006 |
A religious icon that was stolen from Russia's famed State Hermitage Museum was found dumped in a trash bin in St. Petersburg, police officials said Thursday. The find of the wooden icon, identified as the Assembly of All Saints, came just days after Hermitage officials announced the theft of more than 220 items valued at more than $5 million -- an incident director Mikhail Piotrovsky blamed on museum workers.
October 14, 2001
Snooty snobs feel "a tremendous amount of anxiety" because works of art that were once accessible by a select few who could afford to travel to museums such as the Hermitage Museum in Russia can now be seen by commoners with limited means ("Doubling Down on Art" by Tom Gorman, Oct. 7). To enjoy world-class art displayed in a museum that is connected to a casino will not result in "turning art into a commodity, an entertainment experience" as Richard Koshalek, former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, fears may happen, just as having a meal in a world-class restaurant adjoining a casino will not turn the food into the quality and experience of fast food.
June 11, 1995 |
HIDDEN TREASURES REVEALED: Impressionist Masterpieces and Other Important French Paintings Preserved by the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg by Albert Kostenevich. (The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg in association with Harry N. Abrams: $49.95, 292 pp.
March 31, 1995 |
Hoping to capitalize on expectations of high foreign attendance to its newly opened, widely publicized exhibition of 74 French paintings stolen from Germany at the end of World War II, St. Petersburg's cash-strapped State Hermitage Museum has initiated a small-scale fund-raising gimmick unusual for the venerable institution. Five thousand tickets, their printing costs underwritten by Coca-Cola of St.
December 4, 1994 |
"Great Art Treasures of the Hermitage Museum," a handsomely boxed, two-volume work that weighs in at over 20 pounds, is one of the luxury items in bookstores this season. In that category, however, it is a real bargain, with over 1,500 impeccably produced color photographs and a succinct series of texts and labels written by the curatorial staff, full of precise and valuable information. It is unusual in its stress on the extraordinary diversity of the St.